By Liz Bethell
Chehalem Ridge B&B, in Newberg, Oregon, knows where you can find a cozy Winter wine tasting at a Willamette Valley Winery this Cellar Season. In these cold winter months, if you dream of escaping somewhere for a cozy, quiet getaway, you can make it a reality in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Not only is wine country home to the mountaintop retreat Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, but also hundreds and hundreds of boutique wineries poised for cellar season visitors. Become a visitor yourself and stay with us while you enjoy a day filled with cozy Winter wine tastings at any one of these Willamette Valley Wineries.
Dominio IV Wines, just shy of downtown Carlton, is the kind of winery you want to return to all year round, but in the first few months of the year they offer a curated semi-private tasting experience called “In the glow of the Garden Shed”. If you want a romantic and cozy Winter wine tasting at a Willamette Valley Winery this Cellar Season, you should make your reservations quickly for this special elevated tasting. Besides a flight of their velvety Tempranillo, the tasting also includes a piping hot bowl of gourmet Italian soup, bread and butter, as well as a taste of their aged Port. A perfect winter picnic. Reservations only for this experience; for daily classic tastings, reservations are highly suggested.
Colene Clemens Vineyards, a hilltop estate in Newberg, Oregon, offers cellar season guests a flight of Chardonnay and Pinots that beg you to relish the joy of wine tasting next to the tasting room’s roaring fire. With beautiful views of their south-facing vineyard and at an elevation topping 600 feet, the outdoor, covered patio is also available for tastings on nicer days during cellar season. Open daily, with reservations.
Alloro Vineyard’s brand-new tasting house is a gorgeous addition to the Chehalem Mountains estate. Reminiscent of a Tuscan villa, their tasting house and vineyard is perfect for a cozy Winter wine tasting at a Willamette Valley Winery. Imbibe a flight of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir inside their spacious tasting room or while taking in the panoramic view on their outdoor covered patio, each adorned with a tabletop fireplace, providing both warmth and ambience. Open daily with reservations only and proof of vaccination.
Alexana Winery is another Newberg destination to enjoy a cozy Winter wine tasting at a Willamette Valley Winery this Cellar Season. 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 tasting room bar, designed with a layered soil display, to their large viewing window showing off their winery’s 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. Tastings daily, with reservations only.
Arriving at Parrett Mountain Cellars, you feel as though you found a secret treasure in the woods. From the smell of cedar and wine wafting through the air to the warm welcome of the staff and the roaring fire, it’s the cozy Winter wine tasting at a Willamette Valley winery you were looking for. Sourcing from both Oregon and Washington vineyards, a flight here includes many big, bold red wines, like their velvety smooth Malbec, but also many white wines and, of course, a classic Pinot Noir. Open Thursday – Sunday, without reservations.
If, after reading this, you can picture yourself enjoying a cozy Winter wine tasting at a Willamette Valley winery, with a glass of Pinot in your hand, a fire nearby, and a smile on your face, then you should make your reservation now at any one of these amazing venues. And why not make it a whole weekend? Chehalem Ridge B&B also has fireplaces and a cozy, warm atmosphere, just waiting for you to enjoy. 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