Excerpted from review by Chehalem Ridge B&B, Newberg, OR
Where are big red wine lovers travelling to in 2021? It may not be where you think, because more and more big red wine drinkers are exploring what Oregon has to offer. While the Willamette Valley is known for growing Pinot Noir, big bold reds have started to take hold and what isn’t grown here is brought here from southern Oregon and eastern Washington to be made into big luscious wines. With Oregon moving up the list to hold the spot of the second largest number of wineries in the US(!), and Oregon’s Willamette Valley alone boasting over 600 wineries, it’s no wonder big red wine drinkers are taking note and taking their wine tasting adventures to the vineyards of Oregon.
As a B&B in the center of Willamette Valley’s wine country, Newberg’s Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast is the home base for many of these big red connoisseurs. And so, with guest feedback, together with our experience as locals and interested innkeepers, we’re well-situated to be your source for all of the “big red” hidden gems you need to visit on your next wine tasting adventure…in Willamette Valley, Oregon!
Natalie’s Estate Winery, Newberg, OR
Begin your 2021 Big Red Wine Adventure with Natalie’s Estate Vineyard. A visit to this boutique winery, with its magical tasting room tucked into the foothills of Chehalem Mountain, will delight you at every turn. You’ll remember why you fell in love with wine tasting in the first place when winemaker and proprietor Boyd Teegarden personally guides you through a wonderful array of hand-crafted and small batch wines born from estate grown grapes and fruit sourced from Pacific Northwest vineyards. Imagine starting with a crisp Rosé of Pinot Noir, moving to a robust Pinot Noir and as you taste and compare some of their big red varietals – a Sangiovese, a Cabernet Sauvignon, or their Merlot – you’ll be shown how pairing each with cured meats, fine cheeses or chocolates, brings out the best in each wine. At once accessible and decadent, this is a tasting experience you must not miss.
Open daily with reservations.