6 Great McMinnville Wineries to Try This Summer

McMinnville Wineries, photo of a glass of wine being poured at Youngberg Hill Winery

The Willamette Valley is vast—stretching more than 100 miles long and 60 miles at its widest point—and is home to ten AVAs and over 600 wineries. If you’re heading here to taste Oregon Pinot Noir, you’ve come to the right place, and a handful of McMinnville wineries stand out from the rest. Of the nearly 30,000 acres of vines planted in Willamette Valley, over half of that acreage is dedicated to growing Pinot Noir, which thrives in the climate here. 

The McMinnville AVA sits due west of the Yamhill County seat and heads about 20 miles out to the Van Duzer Corridor—Oregon’s lowest Coast Range pass to the Pacific Ocean. The soil in this region is known for being shallow and primarily a mix of marine sedimentary clay, rock, and silts. The majority of these McMinnville wineries focus on producing fantastic Pinot Noir, but you’ll also find other outstanding red varietals, as well as rich Chardonnay, and bright Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.

One of the best ways to explore the lovely selection of McMinnville wineries is by planning a few days in Oregon wine country—there’s so much ground to cover and wine to sample! Our bed and breakfast in Willamette Valley sets the perfect tone, from elegant guest rooms with impeccable en suite baths and a fresh multi-course breakfast each morning to complimentary wine tastings and one of the best views in the valley; you’ll see why our guests return time and again. Join us in the McMinnville AVA this summer and book your room today! 

McMinnville Wineries, photo of a beautiful vineyard in Willamette Valley

Wine Tasting at McMinnville Wineries

The majority of visitors to Willamette Valley come with wine tasting in mind, and with so many options to choose from, it’s a great idea to narrow it down to a single AVA or general area. These beautiful McMinnville wineries are a great place to start. And with our bed and breakfast in Willamette Valley as your home base, you can easily explore these nearby gems in a day or two on your Oregon wine country getaway. 

Here are six McMinnville wineries to add to your tasting itinerary: 

  1. Youngberg Hill Winery: Established in 1989, our winemaker Wayne Bailey has been putting his heart and soul into tending his vines and producing some of the best Pinot Noir and other varietals using biodynamic and sustainable practices. We offer complimentary tastings to our overnight guests at the Inn. 
  2. Bailey Family Wines: As the reserve brand to Youngberg Hill Winery, our exclusive label offers genuine wine lovers bottles from single-block vineyards and the finest selection of grapes grown on our organic estate. Book the private tasting experience to appreciate these wines fully! 
  3. Yamhill Valley Vineyards: As one of the oldest McMinnville wineries, this family-owned and operated estate has produced Pinot Noir since the early 80s. During the summer, find a spot in the shade of an old Oak tree and try a flight of these fantastic wines. 
  4. Maysara Winery: This picturesque winery in the McMinnville AVA, the handsome stone and wood wine tasting room, offers a relaxing place to taste through their lineup. They offer cheese and charcuterie boards to order in advance. 
  5. Brittan Vineyards: The taste through these spectacular wines grown in the McMinnville AVA, head to the downtown historic granary district for a seated and informative dive into their wine-making philosophy and varietals. 
  6. J Wrigley Vineyards: Located on the Eastern side of the McMinnville AVA, this vineyard offers casual tastings by reservation or private tours for an in-depth look at their process and production. 

As a guest at our bed and breakfast in the Willamette Valley, you’ll be within a 20-minute scenic drive of about 150 tasting rooms, wineries, and vineyards. These McMinnville wineries are a great place to start! 

McMinnville Wineries, photo of a guest suite at our bed and breakfast in Willamette Valley

The Best Bed and Breakfast in Willamette Valley

After discovering the best McMinnville wineries and drinking some fantastic Oregon-grown wines, returning to our bed and breakfast in Willamette Valley is a welcome reprieve. Firstly, savor the view of our sweeping vineyards reaching the Eola-Amity mountain range and onto the Cascades. On a clear day, look for two iconic Oregon landmarks: Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson. It’s truly a magical sight to behold—especially at sunset! 

Inside, your private guest suite is designed for your utmost comfort and relaxation. All rooms are equipped with hotel-grade mattresses dressed in high-thread-count linens. Our beautifully appointed en suite bathrooms (like the Jura Suite bath pictured above) offer guests a spa-like experience. Choice rooms have gas fireplaces, double jacuzzi tubs, and private balconies to best appreciate the gorgeous view from our hilltop above. Our bed and breakfast in Willamette Valley is one of the best places to stay! There’s a reason why we have more than 450 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. 

While there are plenty of lodging options to choose from in the area, there’s something unforgettable about our bed and breakfast in Willamette Valley. There’s nothing cookie-cutter or standard about our Inn. Each morning starts with a beautiful breakfast, including a rotating menu of seasonal ingredients and recipes. You can rest knowing that at the end of the day exploring the area—or just sticking close by at our on-site tasting room—you’ll have a lovely place to unwind. We can’t wait to host you; reserve your room today! 

Member Only Sunday

This Sunday, April 21st, our tasting room will be closed to the general public for a member-only event. non-club members are welcome to join us for $50 per person.