Oregon Pinot Noir Wineries
The Oregon wine industry has expanded significantly over the last 30 years thanks to the success in producing world-class Pinot Noirs. We have grown to over 1000 vineyards and over 800 wineries in the state and is continuing to grow. It is important to note that there are several distinct wine-growing regions in the state that have their own distinct characteristics.
Oregon Pinot Noir Winery Districts
- Willamette Valley
- Columbia River Gorge
- Walla Walla, Eastern Oregon
- Umqua Valley
- Rogue Valley
There is a combination of AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) and sub-AVAs in each of these regions which create more distinctions. While Pinot Noir is grown to some extent in all these regions, Oregon’s recognition for producing world-class Pinot Noirs comes primarily from the vineyards and wineries in the Willamette Valley. There are over 500 vineyards and wineries in the Willamette Valley, with over 65% of grapes grown and wine made being Pinot Noir.
It is truly the king of the hill and what we stake our reputation on. With that many wineries to choose from and noting that each one produces on average 6 different Pinot Noirs each year, it is a daunting task to determine which ones to visit. My answer? Visit them all! Each one has a story to tell, unique wines distinct for their soils and weather, and winemakers who put their mark on the wines. Yes, that will take time, but it will be worth every drop.
But if you need a starting point, here is my list of “go-to” wineries in each sub-AVA. This list is based on the flavor profile of the wines distinct to that AVA, the winemaker, the vineyard, less known, smaller, etc.
Our Top Recommended Oregon Pinot Noir Wineries
- McMinnville AVA – Youngberg Hill
- Yamhill-Carlton – Eminent Domain
- Eola-Amity Hills – Brooks
- Chehalem – Raptor Ridge
- Ribbon Ridge – Brickhouse
- Dundee – Winderlea
Of course, you can always stay closer to home in the McMinnville AVA at these great other great Oregon Pinot Noir Wineries.
Enjoy your journey!