Whether rain, sun, or snow, Oregon wine country has something special to offer year-round.
By Maya Seaman
Sipping an earthy red amid Oregon vineyards bathed in late summer rays is wonderful. It truly is. But with 22 distinct American Viticultural Areas stretched across the state, each boasting unique microclimates and subtle seasonal ebbs and flows, there really is no wrong time to visit any Oregon vineyard.
Crisp fall days bring the excitement of crush, when winemakers set about harvesting, sorting, and pressing the grapes that eventually fill your glass. The landscape is ablaze with swaths of golden leaves, and as they begin to disappear from the trees, so do the crowds. Winter is an intimate experience, where views of the frost-covered fields pair well with cozy fireplaces and the personal attention of winemakers always eager to impart a deeper understanding of their craft.
Spring rain breathes new life into the countryside, and it’s a time to prune back old growth in the vineyard, nurture tender new vines, and welcome guests with a renewed vigor that epitomizes Oregon’s friendly, relaxed atmosphere. May also marks Oregon Wine Month, featuring special tastings, pairing menus, and other festivities.
Whatever season you choose to visit, you’ll still be treated to world-class wines that showcase Oregon’s captivating terroir, surrounded by beautiful views and unmatched hospitality—you’ll be planning your next visit before your first has even ended.