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Top Five Reasons For A Memorial Day Weekend in Oregon Wine Country

Published: May 21, 2018

When the spring sun pops out, wineries open their doors and the celebration begins. Oregon's spring graces wine country with green vines, wildflowers and baby farm animals. Tasting rooms are joyful hubs of energy brimming with anticipation for the new season. That time is this weekend.

1. The Wine

Of course this is obvious - the Willamette Valley is known for its remarkable Pinots. But there are many other enticing varietals to taste from Sauvignon Blanc to the recently notable Gamay. Some wineries choose Memorial Day weekend to offer special tastings or even release new vintages. And you'll have the opportunity to stock your cellar with limited production wines and award-winners sold exclusively at the wineries.Walnut Ridge Winery Cheers by Colin Morton

2. Live Music

Oregon Wine County is alive with the sound of music... Most wineries will feature entertainment all weekend long. The variety will range from twangy country to sophisticated jazz and everything in between. Listen to the Luke Broadbent Jazz Trio at Silvan Ridge on Saturday, rock it with Darline Jackson at Pfeiffer Winery on Sunday and soak up Fortune's Folly acoustic show at Sweet Cheeks Winery on Monday. Many more musical treats are scheduled.Guitar Music

3. Wood-fired Pizza & Food Trucks

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when the wineries fire up their pizza ovens. Food trucks and local caterers are brought in to dish up everything from gourmet burgers to street tacos. And of course there are small plates packed with cheese, charcuterie and artisan crackers. The region's farm-to-fork values promise tasting room fare worthy of the wines - so dig in!

Bennett Vineyards Food & Wine

4. Scenic Views & Settings

The views from the vineyards are stunning. Patios and pavilions provide lovely vantage points to overlook the vine-covered slopes. Gaze across the valley to neighboring farms, lakes or snow-dusted mountain peaks. King Estate is known for its palatial setting crowning a hilltop while High Pass Winery, Sarver Winery, Sweet Cheeks Winery and Silvan Ridge Winery are among those wineries offering panoramic valley views. Saginaw Vineyard is rustic charm with its red barn and sheep-dotted fields while Pfieffer Winery features a water garden and large great room.

King Estate by Timm O'Cobhthaigh

5. Pinot Bingo

Partake in a game unique to the South Willamette Wine Country. Pick up a Pinot Bingo card at any participating tasting room and just like a passport - get it stamped at each winery you visit. When you get "bingo", turn it in for prizes at the Adventure Center in Springfield. 

Stamping Pinot Bingo

Okay, so there’s one more reason to head to Oregon Wine Country this weekend that was just too good to leave out. Although it is not wine related - it is colorful and full of fun! The annual Memorial Day Regatta is at Fern Ridge Reservoir. Come cheer on the Eugene Yacht Club!

See a complete list of Memorial Day Weekend activities.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Web Content Manager for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.

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