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Get to Know the Willamette Valley's Newest Wine Tasting Rooms

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Where just a few years ago there were only a couple of hundred wineries in the Willamette Valley, today 440 are listed by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. Several of them have opened new tasting rooms in the last year, and you can't tell the players without a scorecard, so we rounded them up into a map just in time for a long weekend of wine tasting.

Keep in mind that right this second, more tasting rooms are being built in the valley, and this summer will see the opening of new tasting spots for Domaine Roy, Solena, Dusky Goose and an expansion of the Argyle Winery's visitor space. And if you find yourself in downtown McMinnville, new tasting room outposts have opened on Third Street for Hood River's Naked Winery and Rickreall's Eola Hills Wine Cellars. Willamette Valley Vineyards has greatly expanded its visitor space and food service at the flagship tasting room in Turner, and has opened another tasting outpost at the Tualatin Estate in Forest Grove.

— Jim Gullo

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brittan Vineyards Tasting Room

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829 Northeast 5th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
Robert and Ellen Brittan opened this space last winter in the winery facility that they share with Winderlea, for whom Robert is the winemaker, in McMinnville’s Granary District. They're pouring superb chardonnay and pinot noir from the Brittan Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA. [Photo]

2. Brooks Winery Tasting Room

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21101 Southeast Cherry Blossom Lane
Amity, OR 97101
The beloved winery founded by the late Jimi Brooks, and featured in “American Wine Story,” moved into brand-new and palatial digs in the Eola Hills last fall, with two decks to take in the gorgeous Cascades and valley views. [Photo]

3. Chapter 24 Vineyards

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531 Oregon 99W
Dundee, OR 97115
This new winery is getting big notices for its Fire and Flood pinot noirs, and its elegant gem of a tasting room on Dundee’s main drag is not to be missed. If you haven’t driven by lately, this was the site of an absolute wreck of an abandoned building for many years that was transformed by Cellar Ridge construction. [Photo]

4. Dark Horse Wine Bar

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1505 Portland Rd Ste 230
Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538-2427
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It was closed for several months, but this, the oldest tasting room in Newberg, has reopened under new management and pours several labels, including the debut wines of Varnum Vintners by up-and-coming winemaker Cyler Varnum. [Photo]

5. Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

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455 NE Irvine St
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 857-0781
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Three points and an extra slug of pinot noir if you recall that this was the location for many years of Panther Creek Cellars, which has since relocated to Dundee. The former power station building has been refurbished, and veteran winemaker Michael Stevenson crafts fine pinots. [Photo]

6. Lady Hill Winery

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8448 Champoeg Rd NE
Saint Paul, OR 97137
(877) 454-9885
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Need some cows and pastoral views in your life? Don’t we all? A stone’s throw from Champoeg State Park, Lady Hill is the latest venture of wine vet Jerry Owen, who placed the winery and tasting room on his family’s fifth-generation farm estate. A broad product line specializes in bigger reds sourced from Washington fruit. [Photo]

7. Roots Wine Company

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19320 Northeast Woodland Loop Road
Yamhill, OR 97148
The views are absolutely stunning, and the wines are pretty spectacular, too, at this mom-and-pop tasting room that opened last February alongside the home of winemaker Chris Berg and his wife Hilary (the editor of Oregon Wine Press) on the hillside above Willakenzie Estate and Saffron Fields. Try the Sheboygandy – really. And bring the kiddies to play on the Pac-Man console or run around in the vineyard. [Photo]

8. Samuel Robert Winery

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510 South Trade Street
Amity, OR 97101
Sam Coelho, whose family makes and sells Coelho wines around the corner, opened his boutique winery in a 1910 brick building that was once Amity’s post office, and more recently a diner. The bare walls are now hung with original artwork and the wines are valley-sourced riesling, pinot gris and pinot noir. Next door is the sublime Blue Goat Restaurant. [Photo]

1. Brittan Vineyards Tasting Room

829 Northeast 5th Street, McMinnville, OR 97128
Robert and Ellen Brittan opened this space last winter in the winery facility that they share with Winderlea, for whom Robert is the winemaker, in McMinnville’s Granary District. They're pouring superb chardonnay and pinot noir from the Brittan Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA. [Photo]
829 Northeast 5th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

2. Brooks Winery Tasting Room

21101 Southeast Cherry Blossom Lane, Amity, OR 97101
The beloved winery founded by the late Jimi Brooks, and featured in “American Wine Story,” moved into brand-new and palatial digs in the Eola Hills last fall, with two decks to take in the gorgeous Cascades and valley views. [Photo]
21101 Southeast Cherry Blossom Lane
Amity, OR 97101

3. Chapter 24 Vineyards

531 Oregon 99W, Dundee, OR 97115
This new winery is getting big notices for its Fire and Flood pinot noirs, and its elegant gem of a tasting room on Dundee’s main drag is not to be missed. If you haven’t driven by lately, this was the site of an absolute wreck of an abandoned building for many years that was transformed by Cellar Ridge construction. [Photo]
531 Oregon 99W
Dundee, OR 97115

4. Dark Horse Wine Bar

1505 Portland Rd Ste 230, Newberg, OR 97132
It was closed for several months, but this, the oldest tasting room in Newberg, has reopened under new management and pours several labels, including the debut wines of Varnum Vintners by up-and-coming winemaker Cyler Varnum. [Photo]
1505 Portland Rd Ste 230
Newberg, OR 97132

5. Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

455 NE Irvine St, McMinnville, OR 97128
Three points and an extra slug of pinot noir if you recall that this was the location for many years of Panther Creek Cellars, which has since relocated to Dundee. The former power station building has been refurbished, and veteran winemaker Michael Stevenson crafts fine pinots. [Photo]
455 NE Irvine St
McMinnville, OR 97128

6. Lady Hill Winery

8448 Champoeg Rd NE, Saint Paul, OR 97137
Need some cows and pastoral views in your life? Don’t we all? A stone’s throw from Champoeg State Park, Lady Hill is the latest venture of wine vet Jerry Owen, who placed the winery and tasting room on his family’s fifth-generation farm estate. A broad product line specializes in bigger reds sourced from Washington fruit. [Photo]
8448 Champoeg Rd NE
Saint Paul, OR 97137

7. Roots Wine Company

19320 Northeast Woodland Loop Road, Yamhill, OR 97148
The views are absolutely stunning, and the wines are pretty spectacular, too, at this mom-and-pop tasting room that opened last February alongside the home of winemaker Chris Berg and his wife Hilary (the editor of Oregon Wine Press) on the hillside above Willakenzie Estate and Saffron Fields. Try the Sheboygandy – really. And bring the kiddies to play on the Pac-Man console or run around in the vineyard. [Photo]
19320 Northeast Woodland Loop Road
Yamhill, OR 97148

8. Samuel Robert Winery

510 South Trade Street, Amity, OR 97101
Sam Coelho, whose family makes and sells Coelho wines around the corner, opened his boutique winery in a 1910 brick building that was once Amity’s post office, and more recently a diner. The bare walls are now hung with original artwork and the wines are valley-sourced riesling, pinot gris and pinot noir. Next door is the sublime Blue Goat Restaurant. [Photo]
510 South Trade Street
Amity, OR 97101

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