With snow in the mountains, storms on the coast, and fall color fading throughout the state, it’s easy to feel the excitement of fall has past. The excitement of fall is still in full swing in the Willamette Valley, Oregon’s wine country. Check out this photo of Silvan Ridge Winery in the Willamette Valley and how Angela Bennett, manager at Silvan Ridge Winery, describes the busiest time of year at the winery.
Fall is my favorite time of year here at the winery, as the foliage on the vines start to turn yellow, then orange, the hillsides of vineyard surrounding us truly look like a painting. The inside of the winery smells strongly of fermentation as a busy harvest crew takes on yet another year of pumping, cleaning, and pressing that will result in next year’s releases. Both the stress and excitement that comes with this season every fall for the last 30 years quickly turns to pride in crafting wonderful wines once harvest has come to a close, and we are able to decompress from a grueling yet truly rewarding process.
Reconnect with family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend with a glass of Pinot noir in a cozy, comfortable and casual tasting room like the one at Silvan Ridge Winery. Find other open houses to turn your tasting into a tour of nearby wineries on the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Events Calendar, or explore throughout the Willamette Valley with the help of OregonWineCountry.org.