COVID-19 Updates and Travel Alerts

Celebrate Cellar Season

It's the coziest time of year in Oregon Wine Country. Cool, misty weather brings us indoors to the warmth of intimate tasting rooms where we can enjoy that first taste of the new vintage. Share the moment with talented winemakers who finally catch their breath and embrace the calm of this special season.

Visitors are treated to open country roads, quiet tasting rooms and casual one-on-one time with winemakers. The holiday rush gives way to irresistible fireplaces and mellow cellars where just-barreled wines come of age. There’s a quiet and contagious energy to the Cellar Season, from the neatly-pruned vineyard rows and moody sunsets to the newly invigorated winemaking community, fresh off another outstanding vintage.

Make the most of Cellar Season with a glass of Pinot noir at one of the Valley’s inviting tasting rooms and then stay at one of our cozy B&Bs or boutique hotels. Plan your trip and customize your perfect wine country visit.

Before you go:

Cória Estates offers covered (and heated) seating at its tasting room south of Salem.

With COVID-19 still a reality throughout the Willamette Valley, cellar season will look dramatically different in 2020. Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged, and any visit should be planned with caution and respect for our communities.

But as cellar season unfolds, here's how wineries are keeping visitors safe—and how you can make safe choices in the midst of this new normal:

Stay local: Counties throughout the Willamette Valley are currently in Phase One or Phase Two for reopening; as such, it’s still important to stay local to your county and community. And while traveling, please limit your stops as much as possible—whether for fuel, food, or to walk the dog.

Make an appointment: Most tasting rooms are limiting the number of premises visitors at any given time and are open by appointment only. If you visit without a reservation, you may be turned away for the safety of others. Visit the websites of tasting rooms and wineries you’d like to visit to learn more about specific policies and to secure an appointment.

Face coverings: Face coverings are now required at all indoor public places—which includes businesses such as tasting rooms. Face coverings must be worn at all times when not eating, drinking, or seated at a table. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

If you have additional questions about what’s open, what’s closed, and how to stay safe, visit our page on COVID-19 in the Willamette Valley for the latest details, updates, and recommendations.

CELLAR SEASON ROAD TRIP - WINE TASTING, BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING
Grab your binoculars, camera and a raincoat and enjoy a road trip. Take your time and slow down this season to enjoy cozy wine country and the wave crashing views along the Oregon Coast.
EXPLORE THE SALEM AREA DURING CELLAR SEASON
Cellar Season is the ideal time to explore new and up-and-coming wineries, breweries and distilleries in the Salem area.
MT. HOOD TERRITORY WINERIES OFFER AN INTIMATE TASTING EXPERIENCE
Winter might mean snow, skiing and sledding at the higher elevations of Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, but in the valley discover something a bit more cozy.
LIVE MUSIC AND TASTINGS OF ALL KINDS IN ALBANY
Join the celebration with a tasting at Springhill Cellars, live music at Calapooia Brewery, and How-to Bourbon Tastings
COOLER WEATHER AND RAIN INSPIRES TASTING IN CORVALLIS
It's a great time for cozying up in intimate tasting rooms, touring art galleries and meeting up with friends over a fine meal.
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