More than 530 wineries now call the Willamette Valley home, an area spanning roughly 100 miles between Portland and Eugene. Pinot noir made the region famous, but banner Rieslings, Chardonnays and Gamay noirs — coupled with an ever-growing culinary scene and a new generation of inventive vintners — have made it an unparalleled wine destination.
So if you’re looking for some fun wine and food activities, here are a number of great events happening this summer:
Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon – July 9, 2017, Dundee, Oregon
Punished by the hills. Rewarded by the wine. This event sets itself apart by exploring some of the most magnificent vineyard vistas in Oregon, as well as by working with local Dundee charities and Oregon sponsors to create an exciting event for the region while also supporting the local economy.
Uncommon Wine Festival – July 9, 2017, Dayton, Oregon
Enjoy an afternoon devoted to petite, up-and-coming Oregon wine labels. Established by Vista Hills Vineyard in 2010, this daylong gathering showcases wines even the most diehard aficionados would be hard pressed to find. Most participating winemakers make fewer than 100 cases of each label and do not pour at any other tasting room, making this an opportunity to taste some seriously off-the-radar wines made by up-and-coming winemakers in the valley.
Drink Pink Rosé Festival – July 15, 2017, Gaston, Oregon
The finest Willamette Valley Wineries come together to bring you a festival in honor of the quintessential summer wine: Rosé! Stroll through the vineyard while being serenaded by two live bands and noshing on food prepared by Portland’s Crown Paella and Carlo Lamanga of Clyde Common, all while enjoying the wares of 28 profoundly particular, passionate producers of the potable pink that is Rosé.
Summertime ¡Salud! – July 27, 2017, Dayton, Oregon
Support Oregon’s unique vineyard worker healthcare program at a relaxed yet refined evening event, presented by Dukes Family Vineyards and hosted by Stoller Family Estate. Mingle with winemakers from 12 acclaimed wineries while sampling gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and then enjoy an upscale, family-style, alfresco dinner—all capped off by some of the world’s best wines poured from impressive magnum bottles straight to your glass.
International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) – July 28-30, 2017, McMinnville, Oregon
The IPNC is a three-day event famous around the globe as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. During the weekend, world-renowned winemakers, northwest chefs, esteemed media, epicures, and wine lovers will gather in McMinnville, Oregon, for three days of exploring Pinot noir, savoring unforgettable meals, and learning and celebrating with luminaries of the food and wine world.
North Willamette Vintners’ Canines Uncorked – August 5, 2017, North Willamette Valley, Oregon
The seventh annual Canines Uncorked wine tour highlights 17 North Willamette Valley wineries where dogs are counted among the guests of honor. A “License to Taste” passport includes free wine tastings and dog activities at each participating winery. This event is a benefit for the Oregon Humane Society shelter animals.
Total Solar Eclipse – August 21, 2017, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Willamette Valley wine country lies directly in the path of totality for the 2017 total solar eclipse. Wineries are opening their doors and their vineyards for prime viewing and celebratory events.
Bounty of Yamhill County (BOYC) – August 25 – 27, 2017, Yamhill County, Oregon
BOYC is a three-day annual event that celebrates the vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms nestled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. No other locally sourced food and wine event can boast such nationally-recognized participants. Last year, Bounty of Yamhill County placed #2 in USA TODAY’S 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best General Food Festival.
Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon – September 3, 2017, Carlton, Oregon
The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is truly a hidden gem, hosted in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Participants rave about the small-town charm, incredible sunrise views, scenic course, great wines, and post-race Wine & Music Festival, presented by Ken Wright Cellars.
Feast Portland – September 14 – 17, 2017, Portland, Oregon
Feast Portland is more than a food and drink festival. It’s a movement that showcases the energy, creativity and enthusiasm that’s driving America’s food revolution while celebrating the culinary world’s most inspiring places: Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. From spirited one-of-a-kind large-scale events featuring trendsetting chefs from all over the country, to intimate hands-on classes, collaborative dinners and panels, Feast offers some of the most compelling experiences and original programming in the modern food festival conversation.