a bottle of Argyle Oregon Sparkling wine with some glasses in the background

10 Oregon Sparkling Wines worth the visit to Wine Country

Discover the Sparkle in Oregon’s Bubbly this New Year

The New Year is almost here and ‘tis the season for Bubbly! This winter, discover the sparkle that Oregon sparkling wine is bringing to the New Year and to Willamette Valley’s 2022 Cellar Season.

While the Willamette Valley was once known only for its cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it is now a wine country destination boasting well-rounded flights of crisp white wines, delicately balanced Pinots, big bold reds, and, yes, refreshingly elegant bubbly!  It’s precisely because Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (the two grape varietals used most in classic sparkling wines) grow so well in Willamette Valley’s cool climate that bubbly got its foothold here. From just a few sparkling wines on the scene in the late 1980’s, the region has been gaining fertile ground as a destination for sparkling wine. The fact is, quality Oregon sparkling wine is popping up all over Willamette Valley’s tasting flights, and you won’t want to miss it.

Experience Willamette Valley’s Cellar Season with Oregon Sparkling Wine

As a Bed & Breakfast located amidst hundreds of boutique wineries, our guests depend on us to know where to go to eat, drink and be merry. While sparkling wine is wonderful all year round, the festive holidays are a great time to get out to taste and stock up for later.  As bubbly lovers ourselves, it’s hard to narrow it down, but here’s our short-list of 10 wineries we love to send guests to for quality Oregon sparkling wine.

a wine chiller with Chehalem Ridge B&B logo on it holding a bottle of Roco Sparkling wine on an outside tabel
Roco's RMS Brut is a part of Chehalem Ridge B&B's Elegant Romance package

Lauded as the original winemaker of sparkling wine in Oregon, winemaker and visionary Rollin Soles creates art in a bottle with his méthode champenoise RMS Brut. This winery, tucked into a valley of the Dundee Hills, offers a relaxing and personalized experience in which to sit back and enjoy a sophisticated sparkling wine.

Sparkling wine superfans won’t want to miss a tasting at downtown Dundee’s Argyle. The Oregon sparkling wine scene originated here (with aforementioned Rollin Soles at the helm) way back in 1987. These days, you can enjoy a flight of varying sparkling wines, all aged at least 3 years and most “degorged on demand”, ensuring you’ll savor each drop of their quality sparkling wines. The Extended Triage Brut, aged for 10 years on the yeast, is a special wine indeed.

A bottle of Argyle Oregon Sparkling Wine, extended triage on a counter with wine glasses in the background
Argyle Winery is seen by many as the birthplace of Oregon sparkling wine.

McMinnville is known for downtown 3rd Street, loaded with tasting rooms, restaurants, and boutique shopping. One of the street’s newest tasting rooms hosts Chris James Cellars in a cozy, urban setting perfect for wine-sipping and people-watching. Their forced carbonated sparkling wine is a charged blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Müller-Thurgau and it pairs wonderfully with their cheese board and homemade bread.

a glass of red wine with bottles of wine: an Oregon Sparkling wine, a Gewürztraminer and an Oregon Pinot Noir
Off of McMinnville’s bustling 3rd Street, drop into Chris James Cellar for a glass of their crisp Prost! sparkling wine.

R. Stuart’s méthode champenoise brut is a bright and balanced sparkling wine that is endlessly drinkable, and its price-tag may encourage you to do just that. You’ll find their Bubbly when you pop into the welcoming tasting room and wine bar located on McMinnville’s bustling 3rd street.

The inside of a wine tasting room in Carlton, Oregon. A woman in a chair with a glass of wine, facing a fireplace
The Pike Road Wines tasting room in Carlton has a cozy atmosphere to try their sparkling rosé and pinots.

Located in the walkable town of Carlton, Pike Road’s Sparkler Rosé is a bottle of joy. Light and fruity with just a touch of sweetness, this forced carbonation wine is mostly Pinot Gris and Chardonnay with a bit of Riesling and a touch of Pinot Noir to give it its delightful blush pink hue. If you are already scouting out your Spring-time porch sipper, this could definitely be it.

With a Blanc de Blanc, a Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir and a Cuvée Brut Sparkling, there’s a range of quality Oregon sparkling wine to try at Sokol Blosser.  A visit here also incorporates the history of Willamette Valley Wine Country, as they were the first tasting room to open in the region, back in 1978.  The current tasting room was the first in the country to earn LEED certification.

The Estate Marilyn Brut Rosé and Brut Cuvée are méthode Champenoise sparkling wines and will be sure to lure any bubbly fan to Anne Amie Vineyards.  To top it off, the view from the tasting room is one that will have you spellbound long after you’ve emptied your glass.

This family-owned winery and art gallery in the Chehalem Mountains is a destination for fans of quality bubbly and fine art connoisseurs alike. Winemaker and artist James Frey has a passion for both and it’s evident with a visit to the Ribbon Ridge estate. The much sought-after Pashey Sparkling Blanc de Blancs and Brut Rosé go quickly, so whenever they are available, stock up!

a skinny wine glass holding Oregon Sparkling wine from the Pashey label of Trisateum
Trisaetum Winery's Pashey label spotlights the Oregon sparkling wine they are producing using the méthode champenoise.

If you would like to branch outside of Oregon’s finest sparkling wine to taste Champagne direct from Champagne, France, reserve a tasting at Blizzard wines. Owner and winemaker Dana Blizzard imports a rotating variety of her hand-picked favorites.  Each tasting starts with a Champagne, then moves on to tasting the bigger, bolder reds of the Northwest region that Dana is known for.

a bottle of Kramer sparkling wine, a carafe of orange juice and two empty wine glasses on a counter
Chehalem Ridge B&B guests may start the bubbly early, and add Kramer Vineyards Celebrate Sparkling Pinot Gris alongside the inn’s gourmet breakfasts.

With second generation vintners now at the helm, the Kramer family has been producing Willamette Valley wine since the 1980s. Their love of all things wine is especially good for us bubbly lovers as they have a wide array of méthode traditionelle sparkling wine as well as force corbonated sparkling wine from a variety of grape varietals. Visit their tasting room for a full flight of bubbly, or try their Celebrate Sparkling Pinot Gris right here at Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast as it is a part of many of our packages.

From Day to Night…Your Winter Escape at Chehalem Ridge B&B

a house on a hill with fog covering the willamette valley below
The views in winter can be expansive, or cozy, like when the fog climbs up the valley to the inn.

Since you’re out discovering quality bubbly at all of these amazing Willamette Valley boutique wineries, extend your day-trip into a wine country Bed & Breakfast getaway by relaxing in the convenient, cozy comfort of Chehalem Ridge B&B. Our five-room mountaintop retreat, 3-course gourmet breakfasts, and personal concierge service awaits you. We promise that a glass of bubbly, a luxury stay and our outstanding views will ensure a sparkling start to your new year.

By Liz Bethell, Assistant Innkeeper