Willamette Valley wineries host open houses each year for Thanksgiving weekend. In the event that leftovers, Black Friday, and piles of table linens to wash fail to pique your interest as post-Thanksgiving activities, you’re covered. Many members of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association are participating in the 37th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving.
Over 140 wineries from Portland to Eugene will be holding tastings, sampling cheeses, chocolates and other gourmet goodies, and providing live entertainment.
This yearly event allows the opportunity to meet and chat with the winemakers and other folks who work at the smaller, family-run wineries, and taste some wonderful new and aged Oregon wines while enjoying the last few days of fall before we slip into winter. Some wineries will be offering discounts only available this weekend, making it a good time to get some Christmas shopping done.
Bump along the back country roads and soak in the fading fall scenery or cruise up (or down) I-5 November 29-December 1 for the continuation of a perfect Thanksgiving weekend.
A few picks:
Abbey Road Farms
$25; includes tasting flight, hearty appetizers and snacks.
Sokol Blosser + Evolution Wine
$25; wine flight tastings, delicacies from special vendors and fun photo booth; glass included.
Four Winery Open House at Biggio Hamina Cellars with Denison Cellars, Biggio Hamina Cellars, Schönetal Cellars and J. Craw.
$50 to taste wines from all four wineries; fee reimbursed with a $50 purchase.
Barrel Tastings at Winter’s Hill Estate
$15; Complimentary for Cellar Door Club members and 4 guests; includes tastings of 2019 vintage Pinot Noirs in the barrel room.
Iris Vineyards, Eugene
$5: annual chestnut roast and wine tasting on Thanksgiving weekend.