This is the third part of a five part series featuring day trip itineraries in Oregon’s wine country. Each itinerary features 4-5 wineries within driving distance of each other near a city or accommodations hub.
With rural tasting rooms scattering the farm filled valley, the Salem area of the Willamette Valley is filled with delicious wineries pair with quiet and quaint views. If you are looking for an escape from the crowds, try a wine tasting day trip from this area. Hub: Salem
Starting from Salem head west out of town to explore the lush, rolling hills of the area’s wine country. Down a long winding road, stop first at Cubanisimo Vineyards for a blend of Cuba and Pinot noir, Oregon culture. Owned by Cuban native Mauricio Collada, Cubanisimo features small lot Pinot noirs. If you feel like getting your groove on, stop by this winery on on of their salsa lesson and wine tasting nights. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, April through December and by appointment in the winter.
Then continue to Left Coast Cellars for a taste of this new winery’s sustainable Pinot noir, crisp Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc. Also make sure to grab a taste of their new Settler Cider. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday in the winter.
From one small producer to another, head to Johan Vineyards to taste authentic and elegant Pinot noir from the core of the Willamette soil. Also crafting small lot productions of Chardonnay and Pinot gris, this is one winery you don’t want to miss. Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, February – December.
Next stop in Rickreall to sip the offerings from one of the area’s larger producers, Eola Hills Winery. With a wide range of wines and prices and a large tasting room, this winery is great stop for groups. In the summer, this is also a popular winery stop for cyclists. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
Before heading back toward Salem, continue south to Illahe Vineyards and Amalie Roberts – you won’t regret the extra miles to taste their superb wines. At Amalie Roberts make sure to try their Viognier and at Illahe don’t leave without a sip of their dry Riesling and Reserve Pinot noir. Both open by appointment only.