• Ransom Wine Co. & Distillery Tasting Room

    It’s not often that a winery is born out of a distillery parentage, but then again, Ransom is unique in many ways. Tad Seestedt founded Ransom Spirits in 1997 and initially crafted grappa and brandy. A few years later, the winemaking portion of the business bloomed with a few small-batch offerings. Through the years, Ransom has added gin, vodka, whisky and vermouth to the lineup. Visitors to McMinnville, Oregon can enjoy the full range of Ransom’s creations at the new tasting room on Third Street. Sample wine and spirits, or the staff would be happy to whip up a signature cocktail featuring Ransom’s distilled delights. The spot is open Thursday & Sunday 11am-5pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-7pm.

  • Naked Winery

    Naked Winery is a force. With vineyards all over Oregon and Washington, the Hood River-based winery likes to bring a little tease to its tasting rooms. The winery produces a number of reds and whites as well as some sweet wines and even a collection of sparkling wines. The reds include Pinot Noir and Barbera, and the white offerings range from Chardonnay to Muscat. There’s even a line of Outdoor Vino that comes in a plastic bottle. NW’s tasting room in McMinnville, Oregon is the latest outpost for the Gorge winery, and visitors can find at least eight Naked wines to sample. It’s open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Matello Wines & Goodfellow Family Cellars

    With a fool for a totem and a dedication to Pinot Noir, Matello’s offerings will have you smiling for sure. The company, which comprises winemaker Marcus Goodfellow and partner Gaironn Poole, opened its brick-and-mortar location in 2011. Both Goodfellow and Poole have a long history working in restaurants and as sommeliers, which they put to good use each year by producing delicate, nuanced Pinot Noir. The winery is a member of the Deep Roots Coalition, which works to preserve terroir by requiring non-irrigated grapevines. You can ask them more about this approach at a tasting, which can be scheduled by emailing info@matellowines.com.  

  • Maysara Winery

    Since 1997, the Momtazi family, led by native-Iranians Moe and Flora, has nurtured the vines and vast acreage that supply fruit for Maysara. The pair have three daughters who also fill important roles at the winery, plus they have created their own small label. Maysara Winery offers several top-notch Oregon Pinot Noirs as well as a Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Visitors can even find a sparkling rosé. The winemaking happens in a gigantic building that pairs beautiful stonework with warm wood and some of the biggest doors you’ve ever seen! Tasting room hours vary by season, but from November to May the hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards

    Holding the honor of being the oldest vineyard in the McMinnville AVA, Yamhill Valley Vineyards’ first vintage was bottled in 1983. Founders Denis Burger, Elaine McCall and David Hinrichs have literally build their vineyard from the ground up. Even the majestic iron gates that open for visitors speak to the legacy that this area pioneer has established. Yamhill Valley Vineyards’ main favorites are Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and a semi-sweet Riesling. For decades the winery’s creations have won awards across the globe, and guests are welcome to enjoy a flight from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

  • Coeur de Terre Vineyard

    Scott and Lisa Neal established this winery in 1998, planting each grapevine by hand on a small, three-acre plot. Their acreage at the foot of the Coast Range has expanded significantly since then, but their workforce has not. The couple proudly grafts, grows, plants, tends and harvests fruit together, then cooperatively turns grape juice into quintessential Oregon Pinot Noir. The “Heart of the Earth” varietals are mainly Pinots, but some Rieslings and rosés are available as well. Visitors can meet members of the Neal family and taste a glass of their single-mindedness from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the tasting room.

  • Pinot Vista Tasting Lounge

    Enjoy Pinot noir and many other locally made varietals and brands in the historic McMinnville Mercantile Building. Offering hands-down the widest array of varietals, blends and dessert wines Pinot Vista Tasting Lounge has got guests covered with a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere catered to wine lovers. The Lounge welcomes visitors between noon and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Winderlea McMinnville Tasting Room

    If you looked up “boutique winery” in the dictionary, you might find a photo of Winderlea founders Bill Sweat and Donna Morris on the page. The pair, originally from Boston, have staged a second career in Oregon as winemakers who focus on small batches of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that’s crafted with limited intervention. In fact, the entire Winderlea staff is made up of transplants. One is from South Carolina, another is from Arizona and one is even from Scotland! You can meet some of these adopted Oregonians at the Winderlea tasting room, which it shares in Downtown McMinnville with Brittan Vineyards. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

  • Walnut City WineWorks

    Back in the 1980s when big hair and new wave music were kings, John Gilpin and John Davidson got together to form a lasting friendship, the beneficiaries of which are hundreds of Yamhill County acres covered in grapevines. The pair harnessed the antique charm of an old walnut processing building in McMinnville to house their wine label, which got its start in 1999. Since then, Walnut City Wineworks has offered a range of Pinot Noirs to enthusiastic customers as well as Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and others. Discover the magic of this partnership at the tasting room from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards McMinnville Tasting Room

    The big winery on the hills outside nearby Salem offers a special tasting room experience for McMinnville visitors. Willamette Valley Vineyards is the brainchild of owner Jim Bernau and was born in 1983 when he turned a plum orchard into a pioneering vineyard. As one of the largest wine producers in the region, Willamette Valley Vineyards harvests fruit from several Willamette Valley AVA sites, as well as other nearby areas. The award-winning Pinot Noirs are on full display in the McMinnville tasting room, though a full flight really is the best bet for a prime flavor journey. The tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are noon to 6 p.m.

  • Terra Vina Wines & Wine Bar

    Owners Karl and Carole Dinger have their hands on many projects. Karl is the winemaker while Carole rides herd on most everything else. The pair incorporate fruit from Washington, eastern Oregon and the Chehalem Mountains AVA when creating vintages for their two labels: Terra Vina and La Famiglia. Riesling, Sangiovese, red blends and Syrah are just a few of the offerings that can find their way onto a tempting flight for any visitor to the tasting room. Speaking of the tasting room, it’s a gorgeous place to hang out, people-watch and spend a happy afternoon in downtown McMinnville. Check it out from 12-7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, and Mondays 2-7 p.m.

  • The Eyrie Vineyards

    After celebrating its 50th year in 2015, The Eyrie Vineyards is full of enthusiasm for exciting things to come in the next 50. The Eyrie truly is a pioneer in the effort that brought international attention to Oregon’s award-winning Pinot Noirs, starting with a French competition way back in the 1970s. Today, the Lett family plies the soil in the red hills around Dundee led by winemaker Jason Lett. They make Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, along with small batches of Pinot Meunier and Muscat Ottonel using minimally invasive farming practices. Tasting room guests will get an in-depth look at how The Eyrie’s tradition and legacy translate into the bottles.

  • baR at Remy Wines

    Visitors in search of a truly unique experience must be sure to explore Remy Wines, where the attention is on small batches made solely of single varietal Italian wines. Who’d have guessed that the heart of Oregon’s wine country would feature a winery that works exclusively with Barbera, Sangiovese, Lagrein and Dolcetto. Winemaker Remy Drabkin has been sharing her obsession with niche, single-vineyard fruit since 2006, and you can savor the results yourself in the baR at Remy Wines. Open by appointment only; please call ahead.

  • R. Stuart & Co. Winery and Wine Bar

    This is where guests are welcome to try Pinots of white and red crafted by Rob Stuart over at the winery on Fifth Street. For an added bonus, visitors can also enjoy Rob’s sparkling wines, coffee from an Oregon roaster and some local microbrews at the wine bar. However, the real spotlight is on the drinkable Big Fire and the reserve R. Stuart & Co. wines, which include grapes from several Willamette Valley vineyards. On Saturday mornings, the wine bar offers exclusive flights of single-vineyard wines in an exclusive event called Taste of Place. The wine bar’s regular hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

  • Dominio IV Wines

    Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Tempranillo fruit get finely tuned attention at the hands of winemaker Patrick Reuter and his wife, Leigh Bartholomew. The couple touts the small-batch, biodynamically grown approach to grapes, partnering with other growers who share their priorities. In the McMinnville tasting room, visitors can sample single varietals and blends alike while enjoying the ambiance of a remodeled agricultural building in the Granary District that also houses a barrel room and laboratory. Enjoy a bottle at Dominio IV today or take full advantage of its age-worthy nature. The tasting room is open noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

    A boutique label run by Liz Chambers herself, this winery located in McMinnville’s former power station highlights the elegant Pinot Noirs created by winemaker Michael Stevenson. With a long history of involvement with Willamette Valley vineyards, both Chamber and Stevenson strive to elevate the spirit of their Pinots using the flavors nature has given them. Guests can sample the award-winning results from noon to 5 p.m. daily in the renovated historical building.

  • Brittan Vineyards

    Veteran winemaker and Pinot Noir devoté Robert Brittan harnesses the distinct taste that comes from grapes planted at the base of the Coast Range. A Napa Valley transplant, Brittan focuses on this varietal and the many flavors it can provide based on the soil the vines call home. Starting with the 2006 crop, he’s been creating elegant Pinots that display the same intensity as he brings to his job; in recent years Brittan has added Chardonnay and Syrah to the repertoire. Brittan Vineyards’ tasting room in the Granary District is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday and by appointment at other times.