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Check out the wines of Yamhill County, Oregon

Updated on July 22, 2016

Yamhill County History

Yamhill County, Oregon created in 1943 has emerged as a major hub for agriculture and the heart of Oregon's wine industry. The thirty-six wineries in this county represent the highest concentration of any wineries in any Oregon county. Also these wineries produce the highest number of award-wining wines of any county in the state.

Stroll through McMinnville

When visiting this wine region, be sure to make a stop to the quirky historic town of McMinnville. Situated in the heart of Oregon Wine Country, McMinnville is the country city and the largest city of Yamhill Country with a population of over 32,000. This city, located in the Willamette Valley at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Yamhill River, is home to a plethora of restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries and tasting rooms. In particular, check out the town's local art and award winning wines during a McMinnville Art & Wine Walk.

Also, the town launched a Wine Walk Passport. This program enables visitors to obtain stamps from 20 participating wine tasting rooms, along with a few additional stamps from a few breweries and distilleries. Most of these stops are within 14 strollable blocks, thus making for an enjoyable day trip or an overnight if one wishes to visit all the places. Among the must-see stops include R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar, a casual establishment with an upscale feel. Check out the old world charm of Remy Wines or chill inside Dominio IV's intimate industrial tasting room. Pack along a picnic lunch to enjoy with a glass of wine at Elizabeth Chambers Cellar's wooded backyard.

After visiting 10 wine tasting rooms on the map and getting the booklet stamped along the way, participants can pick up a 33 Book Co. tasting notes journal (manufactured in Portland), a Wine Walk sticker, and a pen. Then after visiting 15 wine tasting rooms on the map, participants can earn a commemorative Wine Walk GoVino wine glass. Also, those who get stamps at all five craft beverage stops an earn a bonus prize.

For additional information about booking a trip to McMinniville, visit their website.

McMinniville Wine Passport
McMinniville Wine Passport | Source

Stop by Hazelfern Cellars

On the way back from McMinneville, stop in Newburg and check out Hazelfern Cellers. Open Friday and Sunday by appointment, this former stable turned winery offers wine lovers the opportunity to have an intimate wine tasting experience and a tour of the winery. Among the whimsical touches that define this space include the hazelnut shells used on the outside patio floor in lieu of gravel.

Taking advantage of the Pinot Noir grapes that dominate the Oregon wine culture, Bryan Laing gives his wine a bit of a twist. His light bodied Pinot Noir wines prove to be quite accessible to those seeking a departure from the deep full bodied and heavy taste traditionally associated with Pinot Noir wines.

Byran and Laura Laing adopted the name Hazelfern as their Portland home where they began making wine in 2006 was situated on the former cite of Hazel Fern Farms (1895). In 2014, they purchased this farm and began planting vineyards. At present, the winery has 16 barrels in their cellar with plans to harvest their first grapes from their vines within five years.

Hazelfern Cellars
Hazelfern Cellars | Source

Continue Wine Exploration

After sampling the wineries in McMinniville and Hazelfern Cellars, consider continuing exploring this region. Click here for a full listing of wineries situated in Yamhill County. Also, one can find over 500 wineries located throughout the greater Willamette Valley.

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