January 23rd, 2024

Uncorking Cellar Season in McMinnville

A tasting room that looks like a house, rows of grape vines, and a leafless oak tree sits atop a hill, creating a silhouette against a cloudy gray sky.
J Wrigley Vineyards is in Sheridan, but is included in the McMinnville AVA.
Theirs is a view not to be missed!

It’s time to ditch the Netflix marathon and get away to something truly special this winter. Nestled in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, McMinnville transforms during winter into a wonderland for the senses: think crackling fireplaces, steaming mugs of locally roasted coffee, and, of course, swirling glasses of world-renowned Pinot Noir.

But McMinnville’s winter charm goes beyond the glass. From immersive lodging experiences (see cellar season specials below) to festive events, there’s an abundance of reasons to extend your stay and savor the season. So, forget the blustery blues and uncork an unforgettable wine country adventure!

Embark on a Liquid Passport Adventure:

A person and a dog walk between rows of grapevines.  It is very foggy in the distance with low visibility.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards winemaker Ariel Eberle and her ‘assistant’, Indy embrace the moodiness of the season. Photo by Dan Olson.

Immerse yourself in the bounty of local vineyards with the McMinnville AVA Passport Program. From February through April, this self-guided tour takes you to over 20 participating wineries, where you’ll enjoy exclusive exclusive tastings, discounts, and a chance to win fabulous prizes. Collect stamps along the way and create lasting memories (and maybe a full cellar!).

Share the Wine Love at Ten McMinnville Wineries:

A sitting nook with a sofa and chair, three small tables.  The green walls and golden sconces on the walls create warm lighting.  There is a large wood piece of art on the back wall.
Troon Wines on 3rd Street has several warmly-lit nooks like this one.

Are you a member of a local wine club? Through the end of February, ten McMinnville wineries share their benefits with members of all other wine clubs. Enjoy a tasting for $5/member, and receive club member savings on wine purchases at all ten wineries! 

Pop the Bubbles on the Best Oregon Bubbles Trail:

Lundeen Wines in McMinnville has some stellar Brut Rosé sparkling wine.

Winter wouldn’t be complete without some sparkling cheer! Embark on the Best Oregon Bubbles Trail, where during the month of February you’ll savor your way through some of the finest sparkling wines Oregon has to offer. From crisp Blancs de Blancs to vibrant Rosés, discover your new favorite bubbly and raise a toast to the season.

Beyond the Vines:

Two people smile and lift cans of Bierly Brewing beer up to their mouths.  They are in a wood lined sauna.
The sauna at The Forestry Department is sure to warm you up on a chilly day.
Photo by Kelsey Chance.

Of course, McMinnville’s winter magic extends beyond the vineyards. Explore charming downtown shops adorned with twinkling lights, indulge in farm-to-table feasts at cozy restaurants, or soak in the natural beauty with a winter hike through the rolling hills.

Seriously – what are you waiting for? This winter, escape the ordinary and uncork a McMinnville escape that will warm your heart and tantalize your taste buds.

P.S. Check out the Willamette Valley Visitors Association’s Cellar Season website for even more winter winery promotions and events. Happy sipping!

Warm Your Spirits with Cozy Lodging Deals:

One woman with a glass of red wine sits on the edge of a bed while another woman unpacks a cozy sweater.
3rd Street Flats is just one of the many places to get cozy in McMinnville. Photo by Sionnie Lafolette.
  • 3rd Street Flats: A uniquely designed flat for every occasion? Yes, please! Save 20% on new bookings at these stylish flats located conveniently in downtown McMinnville for stays through March 31 with code CELLARSEASON.
  • Atticus Hotel: Snuggle up in historic elegance and take 20% off your stay through March 31st with code CELLARSEASON. Imagine yourself inside exposed brick walls, cuddled in plush throws, and relaxing in an on-site speakeasy – pure winter bliss!
  • A’Tuscan Estate: Let’s stay and play! When you book at the historic A’Tuscan Estate B&B, you’ll receive 2 for 1 tastings at R Stuart & Co. Winery – just blocks away from their perfect location next to downtown McMinnville.
  • Boutique Retreat: A variety of savings await for you – as does the perfect (& perfectly adorable!) tiny home to enjoy during your getaway. 15% off on weekday bookings, 10% off on weekend bookings. Use promo code CELLARSEASON2024 on the website to pick your tiny home, your deal, and your dates!
  • Douglas on Third: Cheers to your winter escape! Enjoy 15% off and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon arrival. Call directly to find an ideal historic flat to snuggle up in and to claim your deal.
  • The Georgia Mason House & The Forestry Department: Historic, stylish, and cozy in every way – these luxury vacation rentals make for a perfect homebase in wine country. Mention “Visit McMinnville Cellar Season” special and receive a complimentary bottle of Pinot Noir from Johan Vineyards on arrival!
  • McMenamins Hotel Oregon: Book your winter getaway by choosing promotional code CELLAR and receive a complimentary bottle of local wine, keepsake glasses, and a hearty breakfast to fuel your winery explorations. McMenamins charm never disappoints!
  • Olive & Vine: This updated, historical Victorian home offers a unique, boutique-style stay – and even better: save 15% on a two night stay, plus receive a free wine tasting for 2 at Durant at Red Ridge Farms ($60 value). 
  • Tributary Hotel: Locals love locals! As a token of their appreciation, through March 31 Yamhill County residents who call can be treated to a luxury stay in one of McMinnville’s most coveted rooms at 15% off the best available rate.

Kitri McGuire is a local writer, the founder of Scarlet Communications, and a former wine industry marketing director. In her free time, Kitri serves as President of the McMinnville Library Foundation and as Board Secretary of the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC).