• 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.

  • 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.

  • Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn

    High atop the rolling hills at the edge of McMinnville is Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn. Not only is the tasting room best enjoyed while taking in the breathtaking view surrounding it, the inn is lovely place to stay overnight. Youngberg Hill was created in 1989 by Nicolette and Wayne Bailey, who use organic farming practices to this day. All these years later, Wayne is the vineyard manager and winemaker while Nicolette manages the inn and oversees the many special events that take place there each year. Youngberg’s chief claims to fame are its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris varieties, which may be enjoyed in the tasting room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

  • Coleman Vineyard

    Randy and Kim Coleman are another pair of winemakers dedicated to producing top-quality Oregon wines while also using sustainable practices in the growing and farming process. They tout the benefits of cover crops, composting and in-row cultivation in extending the life of the vines and the soil in their blocks, which abut the Van Duzer Corridor through the Coast Range. Coleman Vineyard Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Syrah all bear the terroir of the area’s silty clay loam over fractured volcanic basalt. Samples can be had at the vineyard from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday each week and by appointment other times.

  • Eola Hills Wine Cellars McMinnville Tasting Room & Wine Bar

    The popular winery in Rickreall brings its tasty wares to the historic McMinnville Mercantile Building in order to expand its glory to more visitors. Eola Hills offers hands-down the widest array of varietals, blends and dessert wines among all the vineyards in Oregon wine country. From Pinot Noir and Merlot to Zinfandel and Riesling, Eola Hills has got guests covered. The McMinnville tasting room opened recently in downtown and 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.

  • Westrey Wine Company

    Westrey, founded in 1993, focuses on the “big three” of varietals for Oregon wine country: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The winemaking process is a collaboration between Amy Wesselman and David Autrey, who use fruit from three area vineyards to create sophisticated, food-friendly wines. The grapevines all are planted at different elevations and they each have different ages, a combination that gives Autrey and Wesselman complex flavors to work with. With both single-varietals and single-vineyard wines on offer, Westrey Wine Company is at the top of its craft.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.