The northern stretch of the popular "Territorial Wine Trail" winds through the Lower Long Tom AVA in Junction City. This corner of the Willamette Valley's wine country is known for its scenic countryside and agricultural farmlands. Gentle rolling hills dotted with sheep and vineyards are framed by back country roads, bright with daffodils in the spring. An outstanding collection of craft wineries are complemented by small family farms, sprawling golf courses and miles of roads ideal for cycling and horseback riding. Junction City is easily accessible from the Eugene Airport.
Lower Long Tom AVA
This is the land of estate-grown Pinot. Some very special wines are made here. The Lower Long Tom features over a dozen wineries and vineyards, all benefiting from Bellpine soil—silty clay loam over sandstone. Also, due to ridge lines, weather patterns in this region are slightly warmer than other parts of the Willamette Vally. The grapes grown here tend to be smaller sized with concentrated flavors, and the resulting wines have stronger tannins.
As you linger over a glass, you may even learn some of the fascinating stories behind the wineries and the winemakers themselves.
Small by intention, many limited production wines are exclusively poured in Junction City tasting rooms. Junction City's hands-on vintners pride themselves on the quality of their wines. Whether expounding on wine making traditions, sustainable farming practices or wine affordability; these proprietors exude passion.
When touring Junction City's wineries, plan to indulge in Walnut Ridge's accompaniment menu, play golf at the course adjacent Benton-Lane, enjoy a concert at Bennett Vineyards or High Pass Winery and enjoy the charming intimacy at Brigadoon. And with advance arrangements as part of a small group, you can even bottle your own wine at RainSong Vineyard!
Guided Wine Tours
Plan an excursion around the Lower Long Tom AVA with a guided tour service. Enjoy the chauffeured driving and the guide's knowledge and connections with the local wineries. There are multiple companies that offer regional wine tours that can be private or customized as desired. From limousines to Mercedes Sprinter vans to party buses and motor-coaches, transportation styles can adapt to your needs.
Along the Wine Trail
Junction City's agricultural community offers a hub of complementary activities. Visit the Camas Country Mill Store and Bakery to learn about the local grains grown in the valley and taste breads and pastries sourced from ingredients grown and milled right here! In Junction City, you can also delve into the region's Scandinavian history at the local museums, golf at the esteemed local courses, practice archery and reserve a jet boat tour of the Willamette River. Junction City's downtown offers boutique shopping and dining.