A Wine Tour of the Southern Willamette Valley Details
A day in the southern Willamette Valley combines the harmony of nature with polished new world wines. Start your tour in Eugene, one of the greenest, bike-friendliest cities around.
After breakfast, head towards Monroe and follow signs to 1 Benton-Lane Winery. In 2006, Benton-Lane Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris was selected as one of the top 100 wines of the world by the Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazines.
Drive just a short distance south to the little town of Veneta. Enjoy lunch at 2 Our Daily Bread Restaurant, housed in a beautifully renovated country church.
After lunch, continue south to a higher density of the nectar of the Gods. First, swing in to 3 Sweet Cheeks Winery. With such a saucy name, you know you’re going to enjoy yourself!
Once you’ve had your first sampling of the afternoon, head a short way down to4 King Estate Winery. Some say it is a little slice of Napa in Oregon wine country. Enjoy specially designed culinary pairings while you sample their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
Finish the day with a leisurely tour of the 5 Cottage Grove Covered Bridge Loop. Traverse all seven bridges or just a couple as Lane County boasts more covered bridges than any other county this side of the Mississippi!
End it all with a culinary experience at many of the renowned restaurants of the area. Chances are what you will be eating will come fresh off a local farm that day, and coupled with a glass of Oregon wine, it won’t get any better.
Accommodations, Restaurants, and Attractions:
A Blue Rooster Bed & Breakfast – On the Historic Register, with unique buildings, this is one of the last house and barn combinations left from the Oregon Trail days.
B Le Roost Lorane Bed & Breakfast – Charming, new construction, within biking and walking distance to some of the Lorane wineries.
C Village Green Resort & Gardens – Newly renovated rooms with private garden patios and fireplace on 14 acres (5.6 ha) of beautiful theme gardens and walking paths located in the heart of covered bridge country.
D Campbell House – Built in 1892 and restored in the tradition of a fine European hotel.
E Valley River Inn– On the banks of the Willamette River with scenic views.
F Fifth Street Public Market – Within the walls of the historic Market you’ll find a colorful collection of shops, restaurants, and an artisan gallery room. Business and pleasure mix to create one of Eugene’s most entertaining destination points.
G Marché – Full-service restaurant with the finest Northwest seasonal ingredients prepared French bistro-style and an extensive wine list with an emphasis on Oregon and France.
I Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria – Offering a warm, Tuscan-villa ambience.
J Oregon Electric Station – National historic landmark featuring antique railroad cars for dining.
K Oregon Crafted – Experience the creative process first hand in the quiet and person setting of an artist’s workspace. If you are looking for inspiration along the Willamette Valley wine route, you are in the right place. Several artists live in the Lorane Valley and would welcome your visit.
L Dove Express Limos – Make the day unforgettable in style, with a wine tour enjoyed from one of the nostalgic Excalibur limos complete with all the luxury appointments.
M Secret House Winery – Known not only for its intense wines and sparkling “Red Silk”, but also for its bird habitat and summer concert line up.
N Wild Water Adventures – Ever wonder how you might combine a seriously fun activity such as a scenic float on one of the Northwest’s prettiest rivers with the seductive endeavor of wine tasting? Here you can.