Oregon Festivals, Food & Dining November 19, 2017
This Weekend-Long Oregon Wine Festival Is As Wonderful As It Sounds
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it’s time for us to gather with our loved ones and toast the holiday season. This year, there’s no better place to get the festivities started than at the Thanksgiving Wine Weekend. As part of this annual event, more than 30 wineries in the Willamette Valley will be hosting open houses from November 24-26. The weekend will feature special tastings, delicious treats, and delightful entertainment.
Here are some of our favorite wineries to check out:
1. Freja Cellars (Hillsboro)
Located on the south-facing slope of the Chehalem Mountains in Hillsboro, this charming little winery is the perfect place to beat the crowds while enjoying handcrafted, artisanal wines. This Thanksgiving weekend, you can sample Estate and Reserve Pinot Noirs including library wines, Rosé and White wines. Small bites will also be served. Tasting fee is waived with any purchase.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tasting Fee: $15 16691 SW McFee Pl., Hillsboro, OR 97123
2. Elk Cove Vineyards (Gaston)
This family-owned vineyard is one of the most renowned wineries in the Willamette Valley. You can taste some of their award-winning wines crafted from estate-grown grapes all weekend long.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tasting Fee: $15 27751 NW Olson Rd., Gaston, OR 97119
3. Ponzi Vineyards (Sherwood)
As one of Oregon's oldest wineries, Ponzi Vineyards has a long history of winemaking in the Pacific Northwest. During Thanksgiving weekend, you can relax fireside while trying some of their favorite holiday wines.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tasting Fee: $20 19500 SW Mountain Home Rd., Sherwood, OR 97140
4. Apolloni Vineyards (Forest Grove)
The Apolloni family's Italian roots are evident in their delicious wines. Stop by the tasting room to sample their sparkling wine, small-production estate, and Italian-style wines. You can also enjoy some local artisan food.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tasting Fee: $15 14135 NW Timmerman Rd., Forest Grove, OR 97116
5. Cooper Mountain Vineyards (Beaverton)
There's no better place to raise a glass to the holiday season than at Cooper Mountain Vineyards. As part of the Thanksgiving weekend festivities, they will be serving organic and estate-grown Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Tocai Fruilano, and Pinot Noir wines in logo glasses that you can keep. Live music and light appetizers will also be on hand.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12:00 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m. Sunday Tasting Fee:
$15-$25 20121 SW Leonardo Ln., Beaverton, OR 97007
6. Raptor Ridge Winery (Newberg)
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a variety of award-winning wines at Raptor Ridge. You can sample their 2014 Harbinger Brut Rosé as well as some new releases. Cheers!
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tasting Fee: $15 18700 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Newberg, OR 97132
Thanksgiving in Wine Country is truly a unique tradition here in the Beaver State. Have you visited any of these wineries before? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!
For more wine-related Oregon activities, check out our previous article:
This Gorgeous, Off-The-Beaten Path Wine Trail In Oregon Is Picture Perfect.
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