Oregon wine country

Over the weekend, we went wine tasting with several friends.  

It was a joint birthday event for 3 of us who have our birthdays within 3 weeks of each other.
We had a blast!

We decided to visit two vineyards in the Dundee Hills area.  
If you ever come to Oregon to go wine tasting, this is a fantastic area because there are so many vineyards clustered close by.

Our first stop was at Bella Vida.


I like to research new places to visit every year, and I base my visit on the views the vineyard has to offer, and the type of wine they specialize in. 
 Dundee is a big Pinot Noir area, and most in our group like that.

Memorial Day weekend is sort of the kick off season for wineries, so there is usually special food offerings or events going on.  

The prices for tasting is slightly (or sometimes a lot) higher than a typical weekend.

Bella Vida has a gorgeous tasting room- from the minute you drive in, you feel like you are in a landscape portrait.




Rolling hills of vines, lush trees, picturesque farm houses, and views of the Valley.


We enjoyed a wide variety - from a Gris-ling; a blend of Pinot Gris and a Riesling, to a variety of reds.
The sommeliers were all super friendly and informative, and we were all impressed with the
 diverse offering.
My favorite was the most expensive.

How is it that I always have expensive taste!?
;)

They also have a bocci ball court, and we wanted to play, but the courts were too wet because of all the recent rain.


We had a ton of fun, brought lots of food, and enjoyed the views.








Next on our stop was The Four Graces.
This was the cutest location- so full of charm!!
Every row of vines had beautiful roses at the ends.


The name of the vineyard is after the owners four daughters.
Isn't that sweet?


 The tasting room is in a cute little white cottage surrounded by trees and flowers.  Lots of beautiful antique furnishings inside, but it was so busy, I didn't want to get in the way trying to take photos.  You just have to visit and see for yourself.
:)


The patio area was so inviting.



I was really partial to the white wines they served.
Very clean and crisp.


I wish I could remember what varieties, but I was too busy snapping photos....





So pretty.
I made a mental note to remember this spot for future wedding venues....
ha ha!
You can never start planning too early....


We had a fabulous day, the weather was perfect, and were so grateful to have 3 volunteer designated drivers!
 It was one of the best birthdays I've had!


If you ever get the chance to visit Oregon and go to some of the fabulous vineyards we have here in the Willamette Valley, be sure to look up these two that we visited.
The links to their web pages are highlighted in my post.

There are lots of places to stop in Oregon, and if you want a great resource, I highly recommend willamettewines.com for the best and most up to date website of all there is to see and do in Oregon wine country!

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5 comments

  1. Glad you had fun! You were totally in my neck of the woods! Like 5 miles away to be exact! :)
    Melissa
    http://www.melissakaylene.com

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  2. Denise... can we say AWESOME !! OMGOODNESS loved all the pics.. I wanna go now.... love it girl ..thanks for sharing your beautiful journey with us .. hugs and blessings....

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  3. Hi Denise, Loved your pictures. We've went to a couple of wine tasting, so much fun, and it looks like you all enjoyed it. We may have to do that someday, we're close too. Thx, Faye

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  4. What beautiful pictures and great fun. Love Oregon and Washington state wines. Big Pino Noir fan too. Thanks for sharing.

    Cynthia

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  5. Beautiful photos! My husband and I keep saying we need to get down there. Putting it high on my list now!
    I love the story behind Four Graces. Beautiful!

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