Autumn is a magical time in Washington County, located in the northern part of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It is a time of transition, when the bounty of harvest yields autumn crops, such as pumpkins, apples and potatoes, it also is a time when winemakers harvest their grapes and prepare for “crush,” which starts the arduous, yet fulfilling, wine making process.
Exploring Washington County’s wine country in the fall is a fantastic experience. From less-crowded tasting rooms to fun-filled events, October and November are premium months to visit the dozens of wineries in the area. Wineries perched atop mountains with amazing vistas also become ideal viewing spots, where onlookers can sip a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir while taking in the autumn sights:
- Cooper Mountain Vineyards, a biodynamic and organic estate winery located atop Cooper Mountain in Beaverton, overlooks the green and golden Tualatin Valley.
- Ardiri Winery and Vineyards boasts spectacular views of the Cascade Mountain Range and the valley below.
- Elk Cove Vineyards sits atop a knoll in Gaston and has gorgeous views of vineyards and the scenic Coast Range.
- David Hill Vineyard and Winery, located in Forest Grove and regarded as one of the most picturesque wineries in the Willamette Valley, offers sweeping views of the Tualatin Valley and the Coast Range.
October 6 marks the second annual North Willamette Harvest Trail, a day-long event that takes visitors through the wine-making process from the vineyard to the bottle, followed by a grand tasting featuring several wineries.
Give thanks with a glass of Oregon wine this holiday season. Most of Washington County’s wineries, including many that are not normally open to the public, welcome wine lovers to their wineries for Thanksgiving Wine Weekend. This annual event features special tastings, light appetizers, camaraderie and more.