Our Bed and Breakfast in Newberg, Oregon, lies in the famed wine country of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. 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 Bed and Breakfast 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. During your time in Newberg, we suggest you visit the following wineries:
• Bells Up Winery, located just downhill from us in Newberg, 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 and a tasty Chardonnay (no, not an oaky, buttery Chardonnay)
• 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 Willamette valley’s oldest wineries and 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
• Roco Winery Rollin Soles has built a reputation for amazing sparkling wines with methode champenoise as well as stunning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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
• Claygate Estate Vineyards makes only estate wine – that means all the grapes in their wine come from their own 3.25 acres. They produce wines focused on just one clone and a blend of their two clones.
Southwest of Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast is the Dundee Hills AVA, known for its volcanic soil named Jory. Lots of big name wineries are located here, like:
There are also smaller wineries within the Dundee Hills AVA that we love, such as
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: