The Willamette Valley is an American Viticulture Area – an AVA. Within this large area, however, lie 6 distinct AVA, where the soil, location and weather combine to give each area a distinct flavor to grapes grown within it. While a winery might be in one AVA, it may source grapes from many different AVAs. The Willamette Valley has wineries open all year long and every day of the week, and they pour great wine, even when we have Oregon’s famous “liquid sunshine”

Chehalem Ridge B&B is located within the Chehalem Mountains AVA, where ancient seabeds, glacial sediment, flood waters and wind impacted the soil. We love the smaller wineries that dot this landscape. We often suggest:

Bells Up Winery, located just downhill from us, is a new micro-boutique winery opened by Dave and Sara Specter, who were once guests of ours.  Dave is making very small lots of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Blanc and Rosé.

Bergström Wines focuses on bio-dynamic Pinot Noirs

Arborbrook Vineyards, very small producers of Pinot Gris (both dry and off-dry), Pinot Noir and a yummy dessert wine

Adelsheim Vineyards is one of the valley’s oldest wineries focuses on Pinot Noir

Natalie’s Estate Winery, open by appointment only, makes small lots of pinot noir from its own vineyards and bigger reds, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah using grapes from the Columbia and Yakima Valleys in Washington

Anam Cara Cellars has a tasting room in Newberg with a very dry, acidic Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a yummy dessert wine

Within the Chehalem Mountain AVA is the mini-AVA of Ribbon Ridge. Many wineries on Ribbon Ridge are open by appointment only, but a few do not. They are wonderful to visit and include:

Trisateum makes great Riesling and Pinot Noir from three different sites within the Willamette Valley AVA and houses the winemaker’s art gallery in the tasting room

Aramenta Cellars is a teeny-tiny winery on the Century Farm of the Looneys with good Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Southwest of Chehalem Ridge B&B is the Dundee Hills AVA, known for its volcanic soil named Jory. Lots of big name wineries are located here, like

Archery Summit

Sokol Blosser

Domaine Douhrin Oregon

Erath Winery

There are also smaller wineries within the Dundee Hills AVA that we love, such as

De Ponte Cellars

Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

Winter’s Hill Vineyard

Bella Vida

Crumbled Rock Winery & Vineyards

Further southwest, we have the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, the McMinnville AVA and the Eola Hills-Amity AVA which are home to some great wineries like

Monk’s Gate Vineyard Estate

Anne Amie Vineyards

Willakenzie Estate

Coeur de Terre Vineyard

Maysara Winery

Coelho Winery

Cristom vineyards

Bethel Heights