EUGENE & THE SURROUNDING AREA
The Willamette Valley was named the Wine Region of the Year in 2016 by Wine Enthusiast for the “outstanding quality of the wines, resulting in international recognition, and the tectonic shifts in wine investments these have engendered.”
We recommend calling or visiting each Oregon wine country tasting room’s website to confirm hours of operation.
A small, family-owned vineyard, Abbelone is nestled among old-growth pines on a southeast facing slope in the southern Willamette Valley. Dedicated to the production of small lots of distinctive, handcrafted wine, they crop to less than 1.5 tons per acre in the vineyard and employ traditional Burgundian methods in the winery that deliver the intense yet delicate fruit and mineral flavors of the Pinot Noir. (Closed Labor Day through Memorial Day)
Experience Capitello artisan wines from Oregon and New Zealand in this relaxed urban tasting room. Owner Ray Walsh and his family live in Eugene, where their wines are produced and the tasting room is located, but all head to New Zealand each spring to work harvest and produce additional wines from the Marlborough region. The wines – from each distinctive region – showcase the stark contrasts of terroir from opposite ends of the world.
Formerly owned by Rose Hill owner, Sharon Kester, Chateau Lorane specializes in rare and unusual varieties such as Pinotage. The tasting room overlooks beautiful Lake Louise, a private 24-acre lake.
Civic Winery & Wines is a fully-functioning winery specializing in amphora fermentation and boasts a barrel storage area that doubles as an event space and a wine bar and bottle shop focused on natural wines from around the world. Also sharing the building is the restaurant “Lion & Owl,” featuring an innovative brunch and dinner menu “for the fierce and the wise.”
Eugene’s first urban winery! Committed to old-school winemaking practices using fruit from vineyards they manage and control, the wines are primarily Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. They also produce a white wine blend and a red wine blend under the label “Recess,” which acknowledges the many years their sister and parents spent in the classrooms as teachers.
Named for the owners’ first date – May 14, 2003 – love is in the air at Five Fourteen Vineyards. A newly constructed tasting room and patio are attached to owners Tom and Marie Kokkelers’ home, which looks out over the vineyard with an expansive Coburg Hills view to the east. They grow on a southeastern-facing slope at 350-500 feet elevation, with five soil types and a breezy, cool, microclimate that supports a long growing season.
Uniquely seated on the floor of the Willamette Valley, the estate features a regulation football field surrounded by the vineyards with views of the Coburg Hills. With easy access to I-5, the vineyard is an ideal location for gatherings and events of all kinds. The Hayworth family has farmed the heart of the Willamette Valley for decades. A leading grass seed and hay supplier, owner Russ Hayworth lives and breathes grass and grapes. They invite you to visit the farm and vineyard – by appointment – after contacting them. (Tasting room opening soon – check online or phone to confirm.)
Nestled in the southern Willamette Valley 20 minutes southwest of Eugene, Iris Vineyards produces world-class, award-winning Oregon wine from grapes grown at their 1,000-acre Chalice Vineyard. The Iris Vineyards tasting room stands high on the hill overlooking the vineyard and rolling hills beyond. The patio views underneath a sprawling trellis draped in wisteria are stunning. As you taste the wine, the setting only enhances your appreciation of this distinct experience, capturing the feeling that makes Oregon a special place.
J. Scott Cellars is part of a local west Eugene collaboration with breweries, wineries and a distillery. Five great tasting rooms are within two miles of each other – with Viking Braggot Brewery and Noble Estate Urban right next door (to make the party even easier). All of the collaborators produce great products and offer comfortable tasting rooms. Go ahead, and tour the “Westside” of Eugene!
Look across the valley from Rose Hill and you’ll see King Estate. At 1,033 acres, King Estate is the largest Demeter USA-certified Biodynamic vineyard in the country. With a large selection of lovely wines, King Estate also features a fine dining restaurant. King Estate was founded in 1991 on the bedrock principles of family, stewardship and tradition – all of which are apparent throughout.
LaVelle Vineyards is a family-owned, boutique winery – the oldest vineyard in the Eugene area, founded in 1968. You can enjoy many different varietals from the Willamette and Columbia valleys, take a stroll in their labyrinth garden, relax on the south lawn or in their old-world style tasting room and adjacent covered patio. LaVelle Vineyards is a 25-acre property with a 16-acre estate vineyard and working winery with a case production around 3,500.
Named for the Noble Fir tree, Noble Estate Winery creates snapshots of Oregon with each award-winning bottle of wine. This family-owned vineyard and winery in the south Willamette Valley is certified by LIVE and Salmon-Safe for sustainable practices. Their two tasting rooms include the urban winery and tasting room in Eugene as well as the Newport location at the Oregon Coast.
The Oregon Wine LAB (Local Artisan Brands) is an urban winery and tasting room in Eugene. They feature William Rose Wines onsite and also pour wines from other Local Artisan Brands. You’ll find Eugene’s favorite food truck, Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery, on their large patio. Here, you can broaden your palate and education about Eugene area wines.
Saginaw Vineyard is located at the southernmost tip of the Willamette Valley. The tasting room is located in the original, historic red barn of a 1900 farmstead surrounded by a small vineyard originally planted in the early 1900s. You’ll be met with down-home smiles in an easy relaxed atmosphere where you’ll enjoy a complimentary tasting of Saginaw’s award-winning red and white varietals and specialty, farm-fresh, fruit wines.
Get the full grasp of the Willamette Valley’s beauty from Sarver’s tasting room, perched on a hill overlooking the vineyard and Three Sister Mountain Range. In addition to the wines, Sarver serves an array of cheeses, breads, charcuterie and accoutrements, provides live entertainment from the patio with food carts every Friday during the summer, and an assortment of other events and music throughout the year.
Silvan Ridge is committed to crafting highly individualistic wines that express the nuance, grace, character and complexity the Willamette Valley is known for. Named a “Top 20 Oregon Gem” by Touring & Tasting Magazine.
Sweet Cheeks Winery, located in the heart of the south Willamette Valley, began with a vineyard and a dream. Enjoy a tasting or a glass of their specially crafted wines while taking in the beautiful panoramic views from the patio and tasting room. Experience the casual elegance and take some time to slow down and savor the moment. Open year-round for tastings daily and featuring local musicians every Sunday afternoon.
Enjoy Sweet Cheeks wines in the heart of downtown Eugene at the beautiful Fifth Street Public Market. Join them daily for a tasting with their friendly and knowledgeable staff members or enjoy a glass of wine on the Garden Plaza.