Celebrate harvest with Oregon’s winemakers.
No epic meal is complete without a bottle of great wine to accompany it. So maybe it’s fitting that in the Willamette Valley, we tend to get very excited about Thanksgiving. Oregon’s winemakers throw open their doors in a major way every November to celebrate another successful harvest season. For the 2015 Wine Country Thanksgiving, there are hundreds of special tastings and parties happening the last two weekends in November. Keep reading for our top picks and tips on planning a Thanksgiving wine country trip.
North Willamette Valley
Experience the pairing of wine and art at Beckham Estate Vineyard for a unique Thanksgiving tasting experience.
Winemaker Andrew Beckham is also a potter who is bringing back the centuries-old tradition of storing wine in terra cotta amphora. Taste their hand-crafted, estate grown wines paired with local bites, in their intimate tasting room and ceramic gallery. Nov. 21-22 and 27-29.
Visit a brand-new winery this November: Domaine Divio, the personal project of fourth-generation Burgundian vintner Bruno Corneaux, will host a grand opening celebration the weekend before Thanksgiving. Tour the cozy, just-completed tasting room outside Newberg and taste the inaugural Domaine Divio 2012 Pinot Noir, from 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 21.
Get a head start on holiday shopping with the case sale and holiday open house at Duck Pond Cellars. Special prices, gourmet food products, and high-quality stemware, plus wine tasting and light bites.
Celebrate the holiday with bubbles at Argyle Winery, known for its world-class methode champenoise sparkling wines, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Argyle’s brand-new Tasting House facility just opened its doors this summer. Sign up for small group sessions to learn more about the Argyle story, preview holiday gift packages, and get light hors d’oeuvres and a wine glass (while supplies last). Nov. 27-29.
Central Willamette Valley
In the Salem area, head to Redhawk Vineyard & Winery for their popular Before & After Thanksgiving Celebrations (Nov. 21, 22 and 27, 28, 29) which featured wine and barrel tastings, live music, holiday deals and food, including owner Betty Pataccoli’s famous butternut squash soup.
For a laid back Thanksgiving wine touring experience, visit the wineries on the East Valley Winery Tour. These small, family-owned wineries are a little off the beaten path but worth the visit for their award-winning, small batch wines.
Taste 12 different wines at Airlie Winery’s open house, (Nov. 21-22, 27-29) including the just-released 2012 Pinot Noir, the 2013 Marechal Foch, and Airlie’s first ever semi-sparkling Riesling.
In the mood for dancing? Visit Springhill Cellars‘ 25th annual Federweisser Festival Nov. 18-30. This German-inspired weekend-long harvest party celebrates Federweisser, a fresh-pressed German-style wine, and winds up with a old-fashioned barn dance.
Warm up with hearty chili and homemade bread, fresh-baked by winemakers Jay and Janet Westly at one of two holiday open houses at Marks Ridge Winery (Nov. 21-22 and Nov. 28-29). Enjoy new wine releases and outstanding views at their hilltop winery east of Albany.
South Willamette Valley
Celebrate Thanksgiving on the Territorial Wine Trail this year; it’s an incredibly scenic tasting route.
The Territorial Wine trail is more than 70 miles long and takes you to wineries both large and small in the rolling countryside of the south Willamette Valley, each with its own Thanksgiving festivities. Enjoy beautiful venues, live music, and wonderful food all weekend long.
Do you have both wine and football fans in town for the holiday weekend? Make everybody happy when you take them to Civil War Friday at Pfeiffer Vineyards on Friday, Nov. 27. The OSU vs. U of O football game will be on big screens and paired with great wine and food all afternoon long.
More event listings
Looking for still more wine country events? Check out pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Wine Weekend listings at these websites:
Want your visit to make a difference? Consider participating in the Willamette Cares Food Share program, a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank Network.