Oregon Wine: Day Trip from Portland

July 20, 2012 12:00 am(35 comments) Post a comment

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Stop 1: Ponzi Vineyards

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First planted in 1970, Ponzi has some of Oregon&rsquo;s oldest Pinot Noir vines. In addition to current releases, the tasting room sometimes offers older library wines. <br><em>Try: Arneis, a crisp Italian white varietal.</em><br> 14665 SW Winery La., Beaverton 503/628&ndash;1227<br> <a href="http://www.ponziwines.com/">Ponzi Vineyards website</a>

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  • yangfanintl on Sep 04, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Wow, really very nice and good place to travel!

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  • RWBentley on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    This list lacks some really great winery stops_for one, Willakenzie Estates,which is a show place with a real story of innovation, wine education, including viniculture, pioneering technology and superb educational programs. Others like St. Innocent, Bethel heights, Domaine Drouhin are excellent as well. The smaller but intimate and great wineries like Eyrie, a historic pioneer of both Pinot Noir and the first Pinot Gris in America, and Beau Freres (aka “the pig farm” may appear rustic, but have great reputations and real stories. Extend the Willamette Valley range to include Willamette valley where the tasting room and the magnificent scenic setting are without peer as beautiful settings that also produce great wines. On several visits to the area as a wine educator and writer, I found Bergstrom somewhat less hospitable and chinzy on tastings to put them on this list. Why not Chehalem on the list- a major leader in the Oregon development of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay standards with one of its very best winemakers, a nice, intimate tasting room, geared to the serious taster, not the “bus stops here” wine tourist crowd in tennis shoes.