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Top Wineries + Breweries in Oregon Wine Country

In honor of May being Oregon Wine Month, I thought I would compile all my favorite Oregon wineries into one post! I’ll share why I love them, my favorite wines at each, and some other essential, handy bits of information to make you trip to wine country enjoyable and fun!

Related: Best of Oregon post with all my musts for your Oregon trip!

In this post, I’ll share some new wineries I’ve tried recently, as well as my go-to faves! I’ll also tell you some other great wineries that I’ve either visited, tried the wine from, or are some crowd favorites.

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At the end, I’ll give you some of my favorite spots for places to eat in wine country because after all that wine tasting, you’re going to want to eat πŸ˜‰

Wine not really your thing? Don’t worry – I’m sharing some great breweries located right here in Oregon wine country too! Two things Oregon does well – amazing wine and great beer!

New (to me) Wineries

L’Angolo Estate

This winery is located just 10 minutes outside of my little town, Newberg, and it’s honestly my new favorite little wine spot. We visited L’Angolo Estate on cinco de mayo this year because the weather was insanely good, and it did not disappoint.

First of all, you would never know it was there – it’s smaller, cozier, and tucked away in the windy roads of wine country. The main room is so open, surrounded by windows and amazing views of the vineyard. The decor gives those southwest, boho vibes.

L'Angolo Winery glass of wine in Oregon

I got the chardonnay – perfect for a sunny day. Tank played and relaxed in the shade. Izzie was our host and server, and she was great. She never let my glass completely empty, and she was extremely friendly, as well as the rest of the staff. With it being minutes from the house, we will be visiting L’Angolo Estate quite often this summer. It truly is a hidden gem.

Dobbes Family Estate

Okay. So I’ve been to Dobbes before last fall, but they have since expanded their outdoor area. And it is so beautiful! I went this last weekend to their wine and yoga (highly recommend!), and that’s where I got to experience their new space – Hideaway. It’s a fun, open outdoor area that they’ve added to expand their space.

The tasting my girlfriend and I had was so good! We loved the rose bubbles and they have some affordable and very tasty pinot noirs. I will definitely be going back to this fun little tasting room just on the edge of Dundee.

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Go-To Favorite Wineries

Stoller Family Estate

If you’ve ever been to or asked about Oregon wine country, Stoller has probably been one of the most recommended wineries to visit. They actually won an award for their tasting room – voted USA Today’s 2018 #1 Tasting Room in the Nation – and I do not disagree.

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This is my go-to recommendation when I have guests and visitors asking where to go and which wineries are a must. The atmosphere is laid-back, the staff is always so accommodating, and the views are amazing. You can bring your dog, the kids, your own food – it’s the perfect spot, in my opinion.

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I really enjoy most of their wines, but my all-time fave is their chardonnay. It’s aged in stainless steel barrels so it has a very clean, crisp taste – not overly buttery at all like traditional chardonnays. (And a bottle is super affordable!) They do allow you to buy by the glass or buy a bottle and open it to enjoy there! I highly recommend the latter if you are there with friends πŸ˜‰

Oh, and definitely don’t forget to take a pic with the infamous tire swing and pretty tree!

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Hawks View Winery

Located in Sherwood, Hawks View is easy to get to, but feels like you’ve driven miles outside the city. With gorgeous views of Mount Hood on a clear day and their newly added deck, this is one of my favorite spots close to home. They are also open later than most wineries (most close at 5pm, some even 4pm – FYI) and they have delicious wine at a great price point.

Their white pinot noir is unique and perfect for a warm, sunny day. Grab a bottle and split it with friends! I also love their sparkling rose when it’s out and released!

Willamette Valley Vineyards

Although this winery is located a little outside the Dundee Hills area, it’s a must if you are visiting Oregon. This was my very first winery in Oregon (back in 2015), and it’s still one of my favorites. It has a beautiful, open tasting room, and the hilltop location boasts amazing views of the vines.

One of my favorite wines here is their rose. It’s a true rose, which means they don’t make it by mixing a white and red. And you can definitely taste the difference!

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Other Crowd Favorites in Oregon Wine Country

Lange – Dundee, OR // great views, off the beaten path (aka dirt road to get there)

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Domaine Roy + fils – Dundee, OR // reservation recommended, request the deck if the weather permits!

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Sokol – Dayton, OR // located right by Stoller, but closes at 4pm

Hazelfern – Newberg, OR // by appointment only, adorable barn setting, close to town

Rex Hill – Newberg, OR // located right off Hwy 99

Chehalem Tasting Room – Newberg, OR // owned by Stoller, located in downtown Newberg – great for after hours when other wineries have closed

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Argyle – Dundee, OR // fun outdoor space

Ponzi – Sherwood, OR // beautiful view/area, you can only buy by the glass or do a tasting – you can’t buy a bottle and share it there

Breweries in Wine Country

Maybe wine isn’t your thing or you have some people in your party who want to try out a few breweries. I mean, you are in Oregon and not too far from Portland (which was recently named THE #1 city for beer drinkers!) I’ve found a couple that are great, have amazing beer and a little something for everyone.

Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery – Newberg, OR

I may be a little bias because this boutique brewery is right down the road from me (literally), but this little hidden gem is so cute and their beer is delicious. Located just off of Hwy 99, Wolves & People is tucked away and you would miss it if you weren’t looking for it. They make some wonderful small batches of brews – especially one of their IPAs!

Coming from my southern home state, I was not a fan of IPAs when I moved to Oregon. I’m slowly branching out and trying new ones when I can, and I’m actually starting to like them. The Honeycone IPA is one of my favorites, and it is the perfect brew on a warm, sunny day.

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Ancestry Brewing – Tualatin, OR

This is one of our go-to spots. It’s close to home, great food + beer, and fun atmosphere. My favorite beers are the Pale Whale, Piney IPA, and any of their blondes or pilsners if I’m wanting something lighter. If you’re not sure, ask for a taster πŸ™‚

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Allegory Brewing – McMinnville, OR

We accidentally stumbled upon this place when we had to find parking one evening. We’ve been back several times since. We took some out-of-town friends here for a fun day of cornhole and brews. They sometimes have a pizza truck making pizzas too – and they’ve already smelled delicious! It’s tucked away, but right off the main strip in McMinnville.

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Places to Eat in Wine Country

After you’ve been out and about all day exploring beautiful wine country and tasting all the pinot noirs, you will be ready for some good, delicious food. Here are just a few of my favorite places to grab a bite in Oregon wine country!

Babica Hen – Dundee, OR

This is located right in the heart of wine country. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s a great spot as it’s centrally located and they have a little bit of something for everyone.

Red Hills Market – Dundee, OR

Also located in Dundee, Red Hills Market is great for a snack or a meal. They also now have a restaurant in the Atticus Hotel in McMinnville that looks amazing – Red Hills Kitchen! We may go try it this weekend! I mean, they have chicken and mini donuts on the menu… you can’t go wrong with that.

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Honey Pie – Newberg, OR

This cozy spot just opened up in Downtown Newberg, and their pizza is SO GOOD. I highly recommend the truffle cheese bread and the Bibb salad! You won’t be disappointed.

Hotel Oregon (McMennamins) – McMinnville, OR

This is in the heart of Downtown McMinnville, and there’s a rooftop. Need a say more? They have the best margaritas in Oregon. They fresh squeeze all their juices so they are simple and fresh. If they don’t have a spicy, blueberry, or cucumber, I highly recommend ordering a “lovely margarita.” It’s on the secret menu – it’s a basic marg, with fresh-squeezed lime and orange juices. Get it. Trust me.

1892 – McMinnville, OR

This place is located on the top floor of its building, which means it also has a rooftop. PRAISE! They have a great selection of food, beer, and wine. I’ve taken out-of-state friends and family here, and they’ve all enjoyed it!

Ancestry Brewing – Tualatin, OR

This is one of our favorite spots to go when we can’t decide on anything else or when we just want a good, fresh meal with a cold beer. Located in an industrial building, Ancestry has an open vibe with a bar and tables and a small patio for drinking and eating. I highly recommend the fish and chips (or fish sandwich), and their burgers are juicy and delicious. I also recommend the Pale Whale, Piney IPA, and any of their blondes or pilsners if you are looking for something light and crisp.

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Hope this post helps you plan your trip to Oregon wine country! Or gives you some ideas and new places to check out if you live here in Oregon!

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