Summer Wine Down: Imbibing Autumn Colors

It’s about that time to cozy up with a good book, a bright fire, and a sultry glass of exquisite Oregon wine. As the weather cools, enjoy wineries from A to Z as you trek the state looking to find your perfect bottle, delighting in every breathtaking view their grounds provide.

Sarver Winery of Eugene is gearing up for their 6th Annual Lowland Country Boil. Tickets are still available to join t
his feast of slow cooked crawfish, corn, potatoes and more. Its harvest week for grapes and the Sarver Crew says this year’s vintage is oodalolly golly good! Hear music from Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts and raise a toast to the season.

In Veneta, you can count on gorgeous, sprawling landscapes and weekly happenings to help you relax from your busy life. Escape to Domaine Meriwether Winery where you can listen to live music on Friday nights, or treat yourself to brunch on Sundays. There’s nothing like mimosas in the vineyard to help you ring in the fall. Saginaw Vineyard in Cottage Grove is open daily year round, offering a locally catered dinner on Friday nights to round out their live music feature. Though colors have not yet started to change, the grapes are looking robust and beautiful.

PFeifferA quick trip north of Junction City boasts an array of options for a favorable glass of wine. Appreciate the vintner’s craft at Brigadoon Wine Company, stop in for a football game watch party at Pfeiffer Winery, or visit Benton-Lane and watch sheep graze on the scenic estate.

With so many wineries in the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region, you are sure to find one that fits your palate.

Oregon Coast
Located on Highway 38, the most scenic route to the Central Oregon Coast and part of the Umpqua wine region, you’ll find Brandborg Winery. Nestled in Elkton and specializing in cool climate varietals, their 2012 Ferris Wheel Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir helped land Brandborg the title of the 2015 Oregon Winery of the Year. With stunning views and a wonderful ride to reach it, Brandborg is a coastal winery not to miss.

Oregon Coast by doublemdesignandphotography 10.08.2014

Seal Rock by doublemdesignandphotography (2014)

North to Philomath, Harris Bridge Vineyard invites you to celebrate the transition to autumn with iced drinks on the deck, games in the grass and walks to the bridge. Imbibe pinot gris, pinot noir vermouth, aperitifs, dessert wines and brandy, Friday through Sunday, May through November at the vineyard.

Willamette Valley
Wines in the Willamette Valley, how do we count the vineyards! Corvallis is celebrating the end of summer with their citywide annual Fall Festival, featuring the work of over 160 local artists and two stages with great live shows. Enjoy food and drinks, an art discovery zone for kids, and compete in a 5K or 10K run. There are no dogs allowed, but on Saturday, September 26 you are invited to dance in the street! While you’re in town, visit the tasting room at Tyee Wine Cellars. Bring a picnic, sample wines and take a pretty little walk along the Beaver Pond Loop Nature Trail. Look for color changes on this mile and a half path which winds through native valley wetland and woodland habitat, hazelnut orchards and farmland.

Grab the family and spend your weekend on Enchanted Way, a magical stretch of road situated just outside of Salem. It is here you will find Enchanted Forest and its sophisticated neighbor, Willamette Valley Vineyards. Embrace your inner child and visit the wildly endearing, hand-crafted dreamland before the park’s season close at the end of September. After you’ve had your fun, the Vineyard invites you to take off your shoes and make some wine! Join in on the 25th Annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championship, marvel at the landscape below and giggle over what a day you’ve had!

Portland by bryangeli 10.30.2014

Portland by Instagrammer bryangeli (2014)

Greater Portland
Portland is Oregon’s largest city, and wine lovers are abundant in the surrounding areas. Savor exquisite blends, be carried away by scenery and celebrate the season with fellow wine lovers. For landscape alone, David Hill Winery in Forest Grove is nearly unparalleled. Sip your wine in an historic farmhouse built in 1883 as you bask in sweeping views of the Oregon’s Coast Range. Pack a picnic, kick back and enjoy life.

In Newberg, experience sprawling views of grapevines and beyond when you register for Rex Hill Winery’s Fall Harvest Tour and Seminar, a journey from grape to glass. See firsthand the excitement of the harvest season as you taste from wine at all its stages on this unique tour.

Mt. Hood/Gorge
Its fall in Hood River and this town is going bananas for pears! This weekend, the annual Hood River County Pear Celebration will take place along the Fruit Loop. Extend your stops to include the beautifully manicured estate of Mt. Hood Winery, which will be featuring a Comice Pear wine for the occasion. Come for the wine, but stay for the views! It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

In The Dalles, experience the bounty of Autumn Harvest as the Chamber of Commerce announces its first annual Farm to Fork Progressive Food, Art and Wine Dinner. This event will feature the best of the best in The Dalles, including wines from Moody Tollbridge Winery and Sunshine Mill Winery.

Central Oregon
In Culver, visit the tasting room at Maragas Winery where harvest season is in full swing. These grounds are sandwiched between views of Smith Rock and seven peaks of the Cascade Mountains, offering a truly majestic feel. Relax on the patio while the sun’s still hot and enjoy Maragas’ old world craft wines in this charming setting.

Eastern Oregon
With a tasting room in downtown Echo, Sno Road Winery is open year round and sometimes functions as a music venue. When you pop in to sample the delicious fruits of their labor, you can set up a time to tour the immaculate vineyard from which they hail. Echo West Vineyard sits in peacefully upon the Columbia Valley, tickled by wind and primarily bathed in sunshine. Take in picturesque views of the Umatilla River as you learn about the grapes and their liquid destinies!

It’s been a long summer, but nights are getting colder in Bend. Leaves are changing rapidly to keep up with the weather’s pace. This weekend, celebrate the transition with Oktoberfest, featuring beer, food, music and wiener dog races. It’s all ages, all the time and totally free.

Southern Oregon
This weekend and next in Southern Oregon the North and East Rim Drives of Crater Lake will be closed for bicycling and hiking! Ride the Rim this fall. It’s a great time to visit the park for a sunny day of exploration where the weather is not too hot or too cold. Score fantastic views of Wizard Island, Phantom Ship and more on this 24 mile adventure.

Schmidt Family Vineyards in Grants Pass

Schmidt Family Vineyards in Grants Pass (2013)

While you’re here, find some wine! Choose a region from Applegate to Umpqua Valley and find the varietals that are right for you. With so much gorgeous acreage in these parts you’ll be hard pressed not to encounter a well-bodied bottle of wine and a comfortable place to drink it. An old favorite is DANCIN Vineyards in Medford. With all the fall colors and a fully stocked kitchen, you’ll think you’re drinking in a dream.

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4 thoughts on “Summer Wine Down: Imbibing Autumn Colors

  1. Has the fall colors started too change? Wines sound good, however I’m interested in the fall foliage.

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  4. They have! We’ve heard that most of the areas are starting to see change, with a few (lower elevations of Crater Lake, parts of Bend) that are actually starting to peak.

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