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“Excellent place to pause”

Willamette Valley Vineyards
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Turner
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We produce high-quality, sustainably grown Pinot Noir and other cool-climate varieties – earning the distinction as “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Please join us in our Estate Tasting Room to learn about the amazing story of our winery and the Oregon wine industry as you take in the sweeping views of the vineyard. The setting is warm and relaxing with cozy fireplaces and seating areas, repurposed wood floors made from pallets from the Port of Portland, and an expansive patio and courtyard. Taste our Daily Flight showcasing a mix of white and red wines or our Reserve Flight highlighting our small-lot bottlings. We offer an intimate Seated Tasting experience in our cellar on the weekends with reservations recommended, but walk-ins are accommodated if seats remain. Tasting Flights are waived with two bottle purchase or Owner or Wine Club Membership. Open daily 11 am to 6 pm. Open until 8 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Served daily from 11 am to 6:00 pm in our Estate Tasting Room by our Winery Chef, the menu features fresh and local ingredients to enjoy with our wines. Please join our Winery Chef and a knowledgeable Winery Ambassador for a four-course food and wine pairing meal featuring fresh and local ingredients and our classic Oregon wines. Learn how wine can enhance your next meal with tips from our Winery Chef. Hosted Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. Join us daily at 2 pm for a complimentary general tour of our winery. Tours meet in our Estate Tasting Room. Please plan for this experience to take 20-30 minutes. Join us for a private tour and tasting led by a Winery Ambassador. This detailed tour of our winery lasts between 1-1.5 hours and highlights a behind-the-scenes look into our winery with stories and exclusive wine offerings. Wine Club Members and Owners receive complimentary tours for themselves and up to 8 guests.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Portland, OR
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Excellent place to pause”
Reviewed 7 January 2013

There are more than 200 wineries in the Willamette Valley region, and I spent a delightful afternoon tasting (and purchasing) wines at one of them - the Willamette Valley Vineyards. The commanding views from the hilltop tasting room are excellent, but scenery alone does not recommend a winery. Samples of the Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and other wines will reward the visitor. I left with a bottle of Griffon Creek Viognier 2006.
If you enjoy wines, and if you are appreciative of Oregon's rising star and continued development as a viticultural area, stop by and taste some very worthwhile wines.

Visited November 2012
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Oregon
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“convenient location, stately presence, good wines”
Reviewed 4 October 2012

I take all my out-of-town visitors here, conveniently located right off I-5. With hundreds of wineries in Oregon, Willamette Valley Vineyards is noteworthy as one of the large ones, which has won its share of awards. Breathtaking views out over the valley (though one does have to look beyond the interstate far below.)

Visited September 2012
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Olympia, Washington
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“An excellent tasting experience”
Reviewed 26 September 2012

We stopped on a lark as we were driving up I-5. It was a fun stop. Although tasting is not free, there are several tasting groups to select from, starting at $5 for the "red and white." The server was very helpful, knowledgeable about the wine, and gave us samples of wines she thought we would like even though they weren't part of the tasting group we selected. One of the tasting fees was waived when we purchased three bottles of Dry Rose, which was an excellent find! This is a nice break from I-5 and a very fun and inexpensive way to enjoy an hour or two. The winery and views are stunning.

Visited September 2012
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Prescott, Arizona
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“Gorgeous Grounds, Good Wine and a Beautiful View”
Reviewed 26 September 2012

OK, so why only three stars? To me, having traveled around and spent many days in different wineries and tasting rooms to the point that I feel well Seasoned, it was a little commercial in the tasting room for me. However, DO NOT LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU!

We went to Willamette Valley with friends on a weekend trip. There was a small car show going on, so it was an event day. They had some minor food items for sale which were tasty and priced reasonable throughout the event. Oh, I should also mention that the day we went was also a shareholder's meeting, so that may also have effected the "feel" of the place.

The grounds themselves were immaculate and lovely, You get a great view of the valley, and they have plenty of seating to provide for you to enjoy your selections in a relaxed, beautiful atmosphere.

The tasting room itself was a long bar, with some minor seating across from it under windows looking out to the valley. They had miscellaneous items longs the walls for sale, some unique to the property and some you could find elsewhere cheaper (of course, but not the point).

The bar itself and the tastings available were adequate but I feel that they opted to have tastings for the general public as opposed to more discerning palates. They had a short list of more cellar based wines that could be sampled, but there were still wines which were not available for tasting. That's were the point was lost - in my honest opinion, if you are going to have a bottle on a shelf at a tasting room, that bottle should be able to be sampled - not the case here.

The wines themselves were yummy and yes, we did get a case shipped. Yes, too, as is often the case with me we did join the club and are getting more shipped regularly.

The staff was courteous when you could get their attention, in part due tot he fact that they had and I believe routinely have volunteers staffing the bar. This often leads to a friendly atmosphere, unless you are a newbie and there are friends of theirs at the bar. In which case, you have to be a little more "aggressive" in getting their attention. After joining the club I have gotten no less than three contacts from them unsolicited, which is almost unheard of from a winery / tasting room any more and definitely appreciated.

The winery is an easy hop off of the freeway, so it does not take a traveler far out of their way. This may also add to the somewhat commercial feel. Having said that, I would still definitely go ahead and add this stop if you have time.

Visited August 2012
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Oro Valley, Arizona
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“Lots of driving for nothing much”
Reviewed 10 September 2012

Even when the tasting room hours were advertised in visitor brochures, we found that most wineries require appointments! That makes you feel obligated to purchase and we gave up.

Visited September 2012
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Christine C, Director of Sales at Willamette Valley Vineyards, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Hi BMonson,

I am so sorry to hear about your experience in researching local vineyards to visit. We are open daily 11 am - 6 pm to the public and don't require tasting appointments. We'd love to host you on your next visit to Oregon!
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