Oregon wine country is truly spectacular in scenery and in wine.
Oregon’s cooler climate is responsible for its signature grape – Pinot Noir, but there are more than 700 wineries, 1,000+ vineyards and 70+ varieties of grapes in all. Come stay near our vineyards and choose your favorite.
American Viticultural Area, or AVA, is a specific vineyard zone based on geology, geography and climate. AVA info is used on wine labels to help distinguish wines quickly. There are many AVAs in Oregon. Here are the AVA regions and sub-regions closest to our inns. Share your wine preferences with your innkeeper for a personalized recommendation.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY AVA
This is Oregon’s biggest wine growing region and produces two-thirds of the state’s wine production.
Learn more about Willamette Valley wines here.
Get a Willamette Valley AVA touring guide pdf.
Explore the Willamette Valley AVA wine clubs.
Stay at: The Fulton House and C’est La Vie
- Yamhill-Carlton AVA: This AVA is centered around the hamlets of Carlton and Yamhill, the Coast Range creates an AVA of nearly 60,000 acres. Yamhill-Carlton AVA is a sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley AVA.
Learn more about Yamhill-Carlton AVA wineries here.
View the directory of Yamhill-Carlton AVA vineyards.
See the different Yamhill-Carlton AVA wine tasting rooms.
Stay at: Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast, The Carlton Inn Bed & Breakfast, R.R. Thompson House
- Dundee Hills AVA: The first grapes in Willamette Valley were planted in the Dundee Hills. This area is still the most densely planted in the state. Dundee Hills AVA is a sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley AVA.
Learn more about Dundee Hills wineries here.
Search the different Dundee Hills AVA wineries.
Stay at: Franziska Haus Bed & Breakfast and La Bastide Bed and Breakfast
- McMinnville AVA: This AVA created the International Pinot Noir Celebration, a three-day event, famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. The McMinnville AVA is a sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley AVA.
Learn more about McMinnville wineries here.
See the critically-acclaimed McMinnville wines.
Stay at: A’Tuscan Estate and Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn.
- Eola-Amity Hills AVA: More than 30 wineries and 100 vineyards comprise this AVA, which sits 250 to 700 feet above sea level. The Eola-Amity Hills AVA is a sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley AVA.
Learn more about Eola-Amity Hills’ wineries here.
See the Eola-Amity Hills vineyards.
Stay at: Bella Collina Bed & Breakfast
- Chehalem Mountains AVA: Nearly 70,000 acres of this AVA hold 2,600 acres of grapes, grown in over 170 vineyards, and more than 50 wineries. The Chehalem Mountains AVA is a sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley AVA.
- Explore the Chehalem Mountains’ wineries and vineyards here.
View the Chehalem Mountains AVA map.
Stay at: Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, The DreamGiver’s Inn B&B, The Setting Inn – Willamette Valley, Willamette Valley Bed & Breakfast, and The Willows Bed & Breakfast.
- Van Duzer AVA: This new wine region is a big growing area within the state. It features six bonded wineries and nearly 1,000 planted acres. The Van Duzer AVA is a sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley AVA.
Learn more about Van Duzer wineries here.
Stay at: MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast and Airlie Farm
SOUTHERN OREGON AVA
Less than 7,000 acres of grapes are divvied up between dozens of varieties, with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Riesling among the most popular. Learn more about Southern Oregon wines here.
- Umpqua Valley AVA: This region’s wine growing history dates back to the 1880s when German immigrants who had worked for Beringer Bros., the oldest continuously operating vineyard in Napa, planted the first wine grape vineyard in the Valley. It since continues to evolve. The Umpqua Valley AVA is a sub-AVA of the Southern Oregon AVA.
Learn more about Umpqua Valley wineries here.
Print your own Umpqua Valley wine trail map.
Stay at: C.H. Bailey House
- Rogue Valley AVA: This is the southernmost wine growing region in Oregon. It includes three adjacent river valleys (Bear Creek, Applegate and Illinois). Pinot noir but also Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon blanc are among the most popular varieties. The Rogue Valley AVA is a sub-AVA of the Southern Oregon AVA.
Learn more about Rogue Valley wineries here. Read an article about exploring Rogue Valley wines in Forbes. Stay at: Prospect Historic Hotel-Motel & Dinner House
COLUMBIA GORGE AVA
The Columbia Gorge AVA straddles Northern Oregon and Southern Washington. It’s separated by the Columbia River, which is the only sea-level passage through the Cascade Mountain Range. The most common varieties here include: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Learn more about Columbia Gorge wines here.
Stay at: Old Parkdale Inn and Brookside Bed & Breakfast
Ask your innkeeper about the best upcoming winery events and tastings.
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