Vista Hills Vineyard:
Between the wonderful wine, amazing view and fantastic people, this place is truly a favorite. Every time you walk in you feel like family, and that's not just because their tasting room, wonderfully named the treehouse is gorgeous, but the people who work there are amazing as well. You can almost always find their record playing in the tasting room playing something fun and their location is great to explore. You can taste your wine next to their fireplace, outside on their deck, or outside looking out on the hillside of vineyard. Their tasting flights normally contain one white and three to four pinot Noirs. Pack a lunch or snacks to enjoy while you taste and watch other's visit via car or horseback tour. Just a short drive from downtown Dundee, you find yourself up in the hills and quietly tucked amidst a setting that makes you never want to leave!
Stoller Family Estate
If you missed the post a few weeks ago about working a wine harvest, this post featured Stoller and gave an even better look at how they make their amazing wine. With a new tasting room just in the last couple years, they've really expanded their space for visitors to taste the wine, hang out and enjoy the gorgeous view of the vineyards! One of the best parts about Stoller is that they have a little something for everyone from Reisling and Chardonay to Pinot Noir and Syrah. I guarantee you'll find something you'll love. Their grounds have picnic tables and a tire swing, or if you're feeling adventurous you can play a few holes of disk golf. Stoller makes you want to spend the entire afternoon there! They also have some awesome indoor and outdoor event space to host your next party or wine tasting afternoon. This is truly a must visit in Oregon Wine Country!
This is definitely the most well known and widely distributed of the wineries on your itinerary, but still worth a stop! Most known for their bubbles or champagne, they have a large variety of wine to taste from Chardonnay to Pinot and obviously their amazing selection of bubbles! If you're going to stop, make sure someone in the group orders the "Pop Flight" so you can taste what they are really known for! They just recently went through an extensive remodel and created an amazing indoor and outdoor addition to their tasting room. Right in the middle of Dundee their tasting room is rustic and gorgeous!
Each of these locations are perfect from bringing along a picnic or some snacks to get you through the trip and keep you full, but if you're looking for somewhere to stop while you're out I'd check out the Red Hills Market. It's located less than a block from Argyle in Dundee and features amazing wood fired pizza, sandwiches and salads. For something a little more formal, the Dundee Bistro is great too, just across the street from the Market. Both can be busy during lunch time on the weekends, but definitely worth the wait!
You really can't find a more beautiful place to visit, or live if you ask me. It's the perfect afternoon day trip from Portland and the places to visit are endless.