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Interactive Top Ten Scenic Vineyard Drives (In the Greater Willamette Valley)

While researching wineries for Pacific Northwest: The Ultimate Winery Guide I drove through some scenic vistas. You will see some in the photographs in the book. I wanted to share a few of those, but thought it more fun if you, the reader, would reveal some of your discoveries.

I started the list with three that came to mind first. Please add yours.

1) The views from Erath and Bella Vida Wineries

This area west of traffic-clogged Dundee on Worden Hill Road, has to be one of my favorite drives (in my case bicycle rides) in the Willamette Valley. The wineries, on opposite sides of a creek valley, both offer expansive views of the Willamette Valley with acres of vineyards marching over rolling hills starting at your feet. This is where I take my Napa friends to show them scenic Oregon vineyards. The photograph is taken from Bella Vida looking towards Erath. And, both wineries have interesting personal and historic stories.

Bella Vida
9380 NE Worden Hill Rd.
Dundee, OR 97115

503-538-9821

Erath Vineyards Winery
9409 N.E. Worden Hill Road
Dundee, OR 97115
503.538.3318

2) The Drive to Maysara Winery and Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn

I have driven Highway 18 to the Lincoln-City coast many a time and wondered what was up in those compact, yet surprisingly steep hills above the Yamhill Valley southwest of McMinnville. Visiting Maysara Winery and Youngberg Hill Vineyards gave me the opportunity to take the curvy rural roads to explore the area. On a map the paths seem simple. In reality, I enjoy taking tangent roads just in an attempt to get lost.

Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn
10660 SW Youngberg Hill Road
McMinnville, OR 97128
(888) 657-8668

Maysara Winery
15765 SW Muddy Valley Rd
McMinnville, OR 97128-8551
503.843.1234

3) Beran Vineyards

This vineyard and winery came as a complete surprise. I was riding my bicycle through the rolling hills of the Chehelam Mountains south of Hillsboro past old wooden barns of all shapes and sizes scattered over a colorful patchwork of crops. From Laurel Rd. I turned south at the historic looking one-store town of Laurelwood, up a steep hill past a cemetery, turned west on Egger Road and there it was. A large vineyard and a small hand-painted sign stating there was a winery here. Mt. Hood hovered in the distance.

The winery itself is located in a picturesque green dairy barn complete with a stone silo on a site that was homesteaded in 1875.

One word of caution: It's by appointment only. I rode past the winery twice, but never found anyone on the premises. I even called their number, left a message, but no contact. It's still worth the drive (or in my case a ride) even without the wine.

Beran Vineyards
30088 SW Egger Road
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
503.628.1298

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Janis Miglavs is a travel and wine photographer in Oregon. He is the co-author of Pacific Northwest: The Ultimate Winery Guide, the first and only illustrated guide to the wine countries of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

Janis will read at our Cedar Hills Crossing store on Tuesday, July 10th, at 7:00 p.m. Click here for more details.

Books mentioned in this post

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Janis Miglavs is the author of Pacific Northwest: The Ultimate Winery Guide: Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

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