Celebrate Cellar Season in Oregon Wine Country

That magical time between harvest and bud break.

Cellar Season

From January through March, Cellar Season presents a unique and intriguing opportunity for wine lovers to explore winery tasting rooms throughout Oregon. While the vineyards outside may appear dormant, the tasting rooms come alive with a distinct charm and intimacy during this period.

Winery staff, often more available during this off-peak time, are eager to share their expertise and knowledge with visitors. Guests have the chance to engage in one-on-one conversations with winemakers and cellar masters, gaining insights into the nuances of winemaking, the characteristics of different varietals, and the art of blending.

David Hill Winery / Photo courtesy of traveloregon.com

During this time of year, the scenic beauty of Oregon wine country takes on a different, serene allure. Crisp winter air and passing rain enhances the stunning landscapes. Vineyards may be blanketed in a peaceful layer of frost or dusted with a light covering of snow, creating a picturesque backdrop for wine tasting.

In essence, Cellar Season in Oregon wine country beckons visitors to embrace a more intimate and authentic wine tasting experience. It’s an opportune time to appreciate the craftsmanship behind each bottle, connect with passionate winemakers, and discover hidden gems that make this region truly exceptional.

Willamette Valley Vineyards / Photo courtesy of Travel Oregon

The ambiance within tasting rooms during cellar season is cozy and tranquil, offering a welcoming escape from the hustle and bustle of the more crowded harvest and summer months. The slower pace allows for a more personalized and attentive tasting experience, where visitors can savor each sip and ask questions without feeling rushed.

Moreover, many wineries release special and limited-edition wines during this time, providing an exclusive opportunity for visitors to taste and purchase wines that may not be available at other times of the year. Cellar season tastings often feature barrel samples, allowing guests to taste the evolving wines directly from the source.

Scroll on to find out how to sip, savor, and relax during Oregon wine country’s coziest season…

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