Wine Country Thanksgiving: where to taste near Albany, Oregon

Marks Ridge Harvest Time by Gary Thurman

Marks Ridge Harvest Time by Gary Thurman

In Oregon, local winemakers observe a tradition called Wine Country Thanksgiving — it’s a chance for vintners to toast the end of another successful harvest by throwing open their doors and celebrating with family and friends.

Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Albany makes a perfect home base for wine touring.

Choose from 30 Thanksgiving 2015 events at wineries within 30 miles of Albany!


Wineries in Albany

Springhill Cellars | 2920 NW Scenic Drive, Albany | 541-928-1009 | Nov. 28-30, 2015, 11:30-5:30 p.m. Join Springhill’s 25th annual harvest celebration, the Federweisser Festival. Sample Federweisser, a German-style wine, along with Pinor noir and other Springhill wines; feast on German bratwurst from Pepper Tree Sausage House; and join in an old-fashioned barn dance on Saturday evening.

Wineries East of Albany

Marks Ridge Winery | 28 miles east of Albany | 29255 Berlin Rd., Sweet Home | 541-974-4457 | Nov. 21-22 and Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Enjoy new wines, home-made chili and fresh-baked bread at the Marks Ridge pre- and post-Thanksgiving open house weekends.

Wineries North of Albany

Treos Winery | 13 miles north of Albany | 10705 Airlie Rd., Monmouth | 503-610-3530 | Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Thanksgiving is your chance to visit this boutique winery, normally open only for private tastings.

Sass Winery | 15 miles north of Albany | 9092 Jackson Hill Rd. SE, Salem | 503-391-9991 | Nov. 27-29, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Taste new releases of pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

Willamette Valley Vineyards | 15.5 miles north of Albany | 8800 Enchanted Way, Turner | 50-588-9463 | Nov. 21-22. 2015 and Nov. 28-29 2015, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 21-22, enjoy an intimate tasting of library wines from milestone vintages in the cellar. Nov. 28-29, enjoy futures tasting of unreleased 2013 single vineyard designate Pinot noirs in the cellar (reservations required) or enjoy tasting flights and food pairings in the tasting room.

Emerson Vineyards | 16 miles north of Albany | 11665 Airlie Rd, Monmouth | 503-838-0944 | Nov. 21-22 2015 and Nov. 27-29, 2015. noon.-5 p.m.  Taste Emerson wines paired with a finger food buffet., and speak with wine experts who can help you select holiday wines.

Redgate Vineyard | 16 miles north of Albany | 8175 Buena Vista Rd, Independence | 503-428-7115 | Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Taste wine, listen to live blues music, and munch on appetizers at the Redgate Fieldhouse.

Ankeny Vineyard | 17.5 miles north of Albany | 2565 Riverside Dr. S., Salem | 503-378-1498 | Nov. 21-22 2015 and Nov. 27-29 2015. Noon-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Enjoy wine, appetizers, wood-fired pizza and house-made desserts. Live music Nov. 21 and 28 beginning at 5 p.m.

Coria Estates | 17.5 miles north | 8252 Redstone Ave SE, Salem | 503-363-0525 | Nov. 28-29 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Come to Coria Estates for barrel tastings, wine flights, food, and live music.

Trinity Vineyards | 17.5 miles north | 1031 Wahl Lane S., Salem | 503-371-6977 | Nov. 28-29, 2015 noon-5 p.m. Taste new releases from this family-owned vineyard at their Thanksgiving Open House.

Airlie Winery | 22.5 miles north of Albany | 15305 Dunn Forest Rd, Monmouth | 503-838-6013 | Nov. 21-22 2015 and Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Enjoy food and wine pairings, including hard-to-find Marechel Foch and first-ever semi-sparkling Riesling.

Honeywood Winery | 24 miles north of Albany | 1350 Hines St, Salem. | 503-362-4111 | Nov. 20-21 2015 and Nov. 27-29 2015. Oregon’s oldest producing winery. Enjoy light bites, wine cocktails and free wine tasting from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 20; shop for specialty holiday gifts with a glass of wine in hand, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 27-29.

Eola Hills Wine Cellars | 25 miles north of Albany | 501 S. Pacific Hwy. W, Rickreall | 503-623-2405 | Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., brunch Sundays. Special events this week include a Thanksgiving Feast Brunch Nov. 22, a Civil War Brunch Nov. 27, and Thanksgiving Harvest Fest Nov. 27-29.

Piluso Vineyard | 25 miles north of Albany | 6654 Shaw Hwy SE, Aumsville | 503-749-4125 | Nov. 27-29 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Enjoy light food pairings and holiday specials.

Illahe Vineyard | 27 miles north of Albany | 3275 Ballard Rd., Dallas | 503-831-1248 | Sat. Nov. 21 2015 11-5, Nov. 27-29, 11-5. On. Nov. 21, taste through limited releases paired with artisan cheeses and charcuterie. Nov. 27-29, taste through limited Estate Pinot Noirs and Estate Riesling paired with local wood-fired bread and artisan cheeses.

Orchard Heights Winery| 28 miles north of Albany | 6057 Orchard Heights Rd., Salem | 503-391-7308| Open daily; Thanksgiving special Nov. 27-28 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. With a $10 tasting fee, receive wine tasting, complimentary wine glass, bowl of soup, and bread.

Cubanisimo Vineyards | 30 miles north of Albany | 1754 Best Rd. NW, Salem | 503-588-1763 | Open daily; Thanksgiving event Nov. 27-29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving at Cubanisimo with wine tasting, new releases, live music, Cuban-style tapas, and football.

Kathken Vineyards | 30 miles north of Albany | 5739 Orchard Heights Rd. NW, Salem | 503-316-3911 | Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Sample wines from a small, family-owned vineyard.

Cherry Hill Winery | 30 miles north of Albany | 7867 Crowley Rd., Rickreall | 503-623-7867 | Nov. 27-29 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy spectacular views and hors d’oeuvres along with wines from estate-grown fruit.

Redhawk Winery | 30 miles north of Albany | 2995 Michigan City Ave. NW, Salem | 503-362-1596 | Nov. 21-22 and Nov. 27-29 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Barrel tasting, live music and food, including home-made butternut squash soup.

Evesham Wood Winery | 30 miles north of Albany | 3795 Wallace Rd NW, Salem | 503-371-8478 | Nov. 21-22, noon-4 p.m. Taste several single-vineyard Pinots along with great hors d’oevres and cheeses.

Wineries West of Albany

Pheasant Court Winery + The Wine Vault tasting room | 17 miles west of Albany| 1301 Main St., Philomath | 541-929-8496 | Nov. 20-22 2015 and Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. In additional to regular tastings of 10 different varietals, Nov. 21 4-7 p.m. is a release party for Pheasant Court’s artist label wine. Artist Tina Fels will be on hand to talk about her work.

Spindrift Cellars | 17 miles west of Albany | 810 Applegate St., Philomath | 541-929-6555 | Nov. 21-22 2015, noon-5 p.m. Come enjoy new release wines, a sweet wine flight, light food, holiday shopping, and case specials.

Lumos Wine | 22.5 miles west of Albany | 24000 Cardwell Hill Dr., Philomath | 541-929-3519 | Nov. 27-29 2015, 1-6 p.m. Taste wines in the “big ol’ barn” on the winemakers’ family farm, only open to the public a few times a year. Enjoy beautiful vineyard views, snacks, and wine.

Cardwell Hill Cellar | 23.5 miles west of Albany | 24241 Cardwell Hill Dr., Philomath | 541-929-WINE | Open daily noon-5:30; special events Nov. 20-22 and 27-29, 2015. Enjoy pre-Thanksgiving special value wines Nov. 20-22; come be a part of Cardwell Hill’s traditional Thanksgiving open house Nov. 27-29.

Harris Bridge Vineyard, 25 miles west of Albany | 22937 Harris Rd., Philomath | 541-929-3053 | Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Live music, snacks, special library flights, free gift wrapping, and walks to the historic covered bridge on-site.

Wineries South of Albany

Tyee Wine Cellar | 21 miles south of Albany | 26335 Greenberry Rd., Corvallis | 541-753-8754 | Nov. 20-22 2015 and Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Pre-Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy discounts on new releases available exclusively in the tasting room, and sample new releases and special treats. Nov. 27-29, join Tyee in celebrating 30 Years as a winery, 40 plus years a vineyard and 130 years a family farm. Taste new releases, special treats, and Willamette Valley cheeses.

Broadley Vineyard | 28 miles south of Albany | 265 S. 5th St., Monroe | 541-857-5934 | Nov. 21-22 and Nov. 27-29, 2015, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For the pre-Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy barrel sampling of the 2015 vintage. Nov. 27th-29, enjoy savory appetizers and 2015 barrel samples.

Benton-Lane Winery | 30 miles south of Albany | 23924 Territorial Hwy, Monroe | 541-847-5792 | open daily, special events Nov. 27-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Relax in the barrel room while tasting a special flight alongside artisan meat and cheese and listening to Christmas music; Nov. 28-29 only, enjoy wood-fired pizzas from the Benton-Lane pizza oven.

Tebri Vineyards | 30 miles south of Albany | 24880 Orchard Tract Rd., Monroe | 541-740-8541 | Nov. 28-29 2015, noon-5 p.m. Enjoy wine, music, food, and shopping at this beautiful vineyard and lavender farm.


 

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