Oregon has a rich history of winemaking that dates back decades, or for some, generations. And Oregon Wine Month is one of the many ways we celebrate our incredible bounty of Willamette Valley wines. Throughout May, we’re highlighting hyperlocal wines and the unique role the Valley plays in the broader Oregon wine story—from winemaking pioneers to new and upcoming makers.
There’s so much to celebrate, but let’s start with just a few local wines we’re enjoying lately.
Chehalem Inox Chardonnay
A vibrant, crisp white wine sustainably produced and 100% stainless steel aged and fermented to create delicate aromatics of white flowers, fresh honeycomb, and pink apples that lead the way to silky notes of ripe stone fruit. While this wine is delicious anytime, we especially enjoy it outdoors with a warm breeze and good conversation.
Pike Road Pinot Gris
Named after a dirt road that runs adjacent to this family-owned winery, Pike Road Pinot Gris is produced with locally sourced fruit from Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley to create a bright wine bursting with notes of green apple, pear, and a touch of vanilla in the finish. A great choice with seafood or charcuterie.
Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris
Crafted by David Lett, who produced America’s first Pinot gris, Eyrie Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris has a medium body bursting with honeyed, nutty fruit and balanced acidity. Savory and expressive with notes of mushroom powder, apple pie, lilac, and flint, it closely resembles Alsatian versions of this versatile food wine.