This is a very pleasant winery tasting room to visit on the road into Walla Walla. You can taste indoors and outdoors, and all of their wines had fresh, clean, varietal flavors. We preferred the higher end reds.
Woodward Canyon Winery 11920 W Hwy 12 Lowden, WA 99360
This is a wonderful place to try wines from 15 different wineries in a relaxed setting. Two different flights of five wines were offered, and we tried each. They also have many other selections available by the bottle, including a 20 year pinot noir vertical.
We also got a kick out of the charcuterie, cheese, and chocolate vending machine!
Carlton Winemakers Studio 801 N Scott St Carlton, OR 97111
What an amazing setting, overlooking the vineyards from the veranda of a stunning facility. It's more like a Four Seasons resort than a winery!
The wines are just as stunning, certainly the best pinots I've had from Oregon. That makes sense, since they also have their own Burgundy wineries. In fact they have two separate clubs, one for Oregon wine and the other for Burgundy, and we joined both.
This is also a great place for a light lunch, with excellent charcuterie, cheese, and bread service, making it perfect for a relaxing experience.
Domaine Serene 6555 NE Hilltop Ln Dayton, OR 97114
This is a good stop in downtown Los Olivos. The emphasis is on Rhone varietals, especially Syrah. The style tends toward the fruity end of the spectrum rather than the charred game end. They also make an interesting white Rhone blend.
This is a lovely hilltop tasting room. The winery specializes in sparkling wines, and the ones we tried were crisp and well made. Their wine club is a particularly good deal. Our server was friendly and very enthusiast.
This was the best producer we visited during our day in the Arroyo Grande area. Their Chardonnays and Sirah were particular standouts. The tasting room has a marvelous view of the vineyards, and there is a nice outside area for relaxing with a bottle. We voted by joining their club!
Definitely the best gift shop of all the area’s wineries! Lots of fun merchandise in a warren of funky little spaces. Plus a great collection of artifacts such as old typewriters ! Serviceable wines, although you’ll find infinitely better product right next for at Melville Vineyards. A fascinating example of the difference in winemaking techniques.