One of the fantastic things about living in Portland is you’re close to so many great places. One of those great places we’re close to is wine country. In an hour you can be out of the city and visiting the most beautiful vineyards! To be very clear neither Melissa nor I are experts when it comes to wine. But we can appreciate gorgeous scenery and a delicious glass of vino. So we scooped up 3 of our adorable friends and made a day trip out of it. This is how we spent our day trip- we hope you feel inspired to do the same!
First we each packed a little food. Then hopped in the car and got going. Most tasting rooms aren’t open until 11am so we tried getting on the road by 10 but the poor girls were bound by my habitual lateness and so we really got moving by 11am, setting us a little behind.Around noon we finally arrived at our first stop, Saffron Fields. Located in Yamhill, OR, Saffron Fields used to be a dairy farm and was converted into a vineyard and winery a little over 10 years ago. From the moment you arrive you can tell every part of this place was made with careful thought and great detail. The first pour was a delicious rose. My fave! Out on the patio the view is spectacular! The gardens here were designed by the same landscape architect that did the Japanese gardens in Portland! The trellis was constructed from the wood salvaged from the old dairy barn.Back in the tasting room. Tastings here cost $20 per person. The fee is waived with a two bottle purchase. Ouch. Still, the wine is good, the view is excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here. Should you make your way out to wine country don’t miss this place. Onto the next! Our next stop was Domaine Serene. Located in Dayton, OR, Domaine Serene opened their first winery back in 1994. They kept expanding as the years went by and purchased the property this winery sits on in 1998. However, this new fancy Tuscany-feel tasting room didn’t even open to the public until 2005.
Tastings here cost $20 per person as well. The tasting fee is waived with the purchase of three bottles of wine. Ouch, ouch, ouch! I do have to say though, the staff is incredibly friendly and informative. If you’re looking to buy a really nice bottle of wine- perhaps as a gift or for a special occasion- this is the place to splurge. Goodbye Domaine Serene! Until next time.
Hello Stoller! Our last stop of the day was Stoller Family Estate. Also located in Dayton, OR, Stoller is just a hop, skip and a jump from our last stop. And it’s a good thing because by now it was getting late and we only had time for one more visit. The tasting room has an open, modern feel and overlooks their vineyards. Tastings cost $15 per person and are waived with a two bottle purchase. The tasting room here is open until 5pm. (which is good to remember, since most in the area close at 4pm)Next to the tasting room are picnic tables where we spread out the food we brought. It was the perfect end to the most lovely day.
Well that wraps up our day-trip to Oregon wine country. We hope you possibly discovered a new winery or feel inspired to pack up and head out there this weekend.