Start your Wine Tastings
Welcome to the Willamette Valley! If you’re flying in, the nearest International airport is in Portland (PDX). It’s about 45 miles from the center of wine tastings in the Willamette Valley. Once you land, you’ll need to rent a car and drive east toward Hillsboro or south toward Newberg to begin your wine journey. Alternatively, if you are staying the weekend in the Willamette Valley and don’t want to have a vehicle, you can easily take a car service or Uber to your hotel. Prices will range from about $60-$120 depending on where you are going and what time of day.
If you’re driving, it’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Seattle and about a 9 hour drive from San Francisco. Many people enjoy the drive along the Pacific Coast Highway that passes through some really stunning scenery along the coast.
The good news is that once you’re in the Willamette Valley, many of the wineries and tasting rooms are close together. In fact, the vast majority of wineries are located in and around the towns of Dundee and Newberg. So, if you plan to indulge in a few glasses of wine, taking car services is the best option. If you plan to stick to the center of town in Newberg or Dundee, you may even to different tasting rooms since they are all in close proximity of one another.
Most of the wineries in Willamette Valley have tasting room hours from 10 or 11am to 5 or 6pm on the weekends and you can usually just walk in whenever you want, so there’s no need to plan ahead much. The winery locations are really well-marked along the road, so all you really have to do is point your car in the right direction and be prepared to pull over when you see a sign. We like to take Route 99W and stop all along the way.