Did you know that the state of Oregon is a world-class wine region with 17 approved winegrowing regions and more than 540 wineries? Since you probably don’t have time to read about 540 Oregon wineries, we wanted to narrow the search down a bit and tell you a about the wineries in McMinnville, Oregon. But before we do that, let’s learn a little bit about the city.
McMinnville is a town of just over 30,000 people located about 40 miles southwest of Portland. It has only been since the 1970s that winemaking has begun to boom in the area. McMinnville hosted the first-ever International Pinot Noir Celebration in 1987 and has been hosting it ever since. Along with the Pinot Noir, you are also likely to taste a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Blanc in the area. Here are some of the local wineries that specialize in making your taste buds dance.
Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn
Our absolute favorite vineyard in McMinnville is Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn. Youngberg Hill is not only among the elite of Oregon wineries, but it doubles as a Select Registry Distinguished Inn of North America. Youngberg Hill Vineyards came into existence in 1989 and totals 20 acres in size with blocks of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. They have five different wines for sale, and the tasting room is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Couple the vineyards with the amazing inn and you have a wine lover’s dream accommodation. Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn offer guests the choice of eight different rooms, with four king suites and four queen guest rooms. Each of the rooms boasts a private bathroom with complimentary WiFi and concierge service. Take a look at the exquisite rooms and book your stay today!
While the Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn is certainly our favorite, we also recognize that the world of wine is one to be explored thoroughly. McMinnville, Oregon is the perfect place to explore for the sake of your palate. Here are a few other notable wineries in the area.
Coeur de Terre Vineyard
Coeur de Terre Vineyard is a family-owned and operated business that was founded in 1998. This winery grows Pinot Noir and Syrah grapes.
J Wrigley Vineyard
Owners John and Jody Wrigley produced their first vintage wine in 2009. The vineyard grows Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, while the tasting room hours are Thursday – Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
The Yamhill Valley Vineyards is situated on a large 150-acre estate in McMinnville. Yamhill Valley produces an abundance of wine, having supplied enough wine for between 14,000-15,000 cases. The vineyard specializes in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc grapes.
For more information on McMinnville, Oregon wineries, and great Oregon Bed and Breakfasts be sure to check out the McMinnville AVA website. You will find more information about each individual winery while also learning about the different wine-focused events in the area. Most importantly, remember to let the Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn take care of both your wine-tasting and lodging needs. You will definitely leave with a smile on your face.
Photo courtesy Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Wine