In these cold winter months, do you dream of yourself tucked in next to a cozy fireplace with a glass of wine in hand? Good news! You can cozy up to a fireplace as you taste at one of these great Willamette Valley wineries this Cellar Season. Let us help you find the best places to warm your insides with the valley’s renowned Pinot Noirs and your tootsies by the fire at one of these inviting wineries.
Colene Clemens Vineyards is a family owned vineyard with a lovely tasting room complete with a toasty fireplace and delicious, award winning Pinot Noirs. In fact, Wine Spectator just named Colene Clemens 2015 Chehalem Mountains Dopp Creek Pinot Noir as this year’s #7 of 100. Impressive, tasty and not to be missed. While the patio has amazing views of the countryside, during cellar season, sometimes it’s nicer to taste while warming up next to their roaring fire.
Another standout tasting experience can be found at Alexana Winery. This 80-acre estate celebrates its diverse terroir and champions the rich Dundee Hills soil that adds such nuance to each of their fine wines. Visit their tasting room and you will find that they are keen to teach you about the intricacies of growing grapes and making wine. From their bar that is designed with a layered soil display to their large viewing window showing off their inner workings, you’ll get an education as well as a distinguished flight of wine. And, if you just want to sit back and sip? You can relax next to their outdoor fireplace, but in marginal weather, take a seat next to their indoor fireplace and taste the terroir that surrounds you.
At Parrett Mountain Cellars – a new winery that opened its doors September 2018, you’ll find bold reds and a few pinots. They have quite a variety of wines ranging from a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to a velvety smooth Malbec (which is a favorite of mine). Enjoy a glass by the hearth to stave off the chill of a cold day! Add to all that, they have an outstanding view and a tasting room built with timber grown on the estate.
Picture yourself at any one of these amazing venues, a glass of wine in your hand, a fire warming your toes and a smile on your face. And when you want a cozy place to warm up after the wineries close, we happen to have a few fireplaces ourselves at the B&B, so give us a call or go online to reserve your room and make the most of the Willamette Valley’s Cellar Season.
By Liz Bethell