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Stock Your Cellar with Oregon Wine

Published: December 25, 2021

 

During the darker winter days, warm the body and the soul by savoring an Oregon Pinot Noir. This finicky grape flourishes in the Willamette Valley and has garnered awards and international recognition. Local vintners pour their passion and care into every step from field to fermentation. Every robust wine collection needs to showcase at least one Oregon Pinot Noir.

Winter is an excellent time to re-stock your wine cellar, be it as simple as the wine rack above your fridge or as fun as a temperature-controlled closet dedicated to wine. Wineries, like all local businesses, still need your support and are making it super easy to order wine for shipment, local delivery, or local curbside pick up at an urban tasting room, or out in Oregon Wine Country.

Ship Wine Home

Are you dreaming of your Oregon adventures? Remembering the woodsy hikes and rambles across the valley to boutique tasting rooms? You can invoke the richness of the damp earth, the fresh air and the warmth of the people by uncorking a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir and reminiscing! 

Most wineries ship wine around Oregon, and often ship to many other states as well (check with individual wineries for their authorized shipping states). Visit the wineries online to confirm their rates and order a case. 

If you are still here exploring, talk directly with the wineries and make arrangements to ship a case of your favorite wine home. Or, if you are flying on Alaska — Wines Fly Free! Check the details of their wine program and a list of participating wineries.

Free (or Flat Rate) Local Delivery

Six Wineries to Shop Online

If you live here, stay home and savor local wine in your own cozy quarters. Many regional wineries are offering free or flat rate Eugene-area delivery for multiple bottle orders. Because delivery boundaries, order minimums, ordering time frames and other requirements vary by winery, please check directly with each winery to confirm details.

One of the best ways to discover newly released wines, or access our local wineries' premium and hard-to-get wines, is by joining local wine clubs. Often wine club members receive regular shipments and/or wine discounts directly from the winery.

Pfeiffer Winery tasting room

Photo: Michael Sherman / Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Below is a sampling of wineries providing local delivery service at this time:

1. Capitello Wines

Capitello has free delivery within Eugene city limits with a six bottle minimum and free shipping with a 12 bottle minimum. 

2. Civic Winery

Civic Winery has $5 flat rate delivery to Eugene-Springfield residents with a four bottle / $50 minimum. Wine club members or orders over $100 automatically qualify for free delivery. 

3. Oregon Wine LAB

Along with shipping and curbside pickup, Oregon Wine LAB delivers to the Eugene-Springfield metro area. Call them for details.

4. Iris Vineyards 

While their tasting room remains closed, here is a shipping deal that can't be beat: Iris Vineyards is shipping orders of three or more bottles for .01 per order.

5. Silvan Ridge Winery 

Orders of four bottles or more from Silvan Ridge Winery are delivered for free to Eugene and nearby addresses. Shipping to other areas is just $10. 

6. RainSong Vineyard

RainSong Vineyard is offering local delivery for all pre-purchased bottles, three or more, for a flat rate of $5. Wine club members in Eugene or nearby communities (please confirm your address directly with them) are free!

All orders and delivery services are subject to change without notice.

Sip Wine in Town

Three Unique Urban Tasting Rooms

Another way to explore local offerings is to try wines at urban tasting rooms or wine bars. Over the last few years more urban tasting rooms have opened across Eugene, making it even easier to pick up a great bottle of locally produced wine for gifts or for your own personal collection.

Urban tasting rooms are convenient, fun and social. Some even offer several local or boutique wineries under one roof. Pair delicious cheese boards, charcuterie or chocolates with your favorite wines. Or, if preferred and you know what you want, call ahead and request curbside pick up.

Raclette cheese at Civic Winery & Wines

Photo: Melanie Griffin / EugeneCascadesCoast.org

Here are a few local hot spots to get you started:

1. Civic Wines & Winery

Civic Wines & Winery is in the heart of downtown Eugene. Alongside their own amphora fermented wines, this community-minded winery features carefully selected sustainable wines from other vintners. See the beautiful large clay amphora vessels and snack on small plated appetizers as you sip.

2. 225 Madison

Nestled in the Whiteaker Neighborhood, 225 Madison is a cooperative space hosting multiple fermentors. Treat your wine friends to a glass of Eugene Wine Cellar's B2 classic wines, SoDown Wine Co.'s infused creations or Carisse's bubbles. For those pal that only drink beer or spirits, there is options for them too!

3. Oregon Wine LAB

Oregon Wine LAB supports boutique artisan wineries by providing a "storefront" for smaller vintners. So alongside their own fabulous William Rose Wines, discover small batch wineries that aren't found elsewhere. Parties up to six may enjoy wine on their urban outdoor patio, under heaters, in downtown Eugene. Pair with Da Nang Vietnamese food truck offerings.

Pfeiffer Winery at 5th Street Alley
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Drive Out to the Vineyards

Seven Wineries Open For Sipping Wine

Even during winter months it is possible to visit some tasting rooms out in wine country. Soak up the beauty of the Willamette Valley draped in winter mists, vines in silhouette against the rich brown earth, and the soft tones of blue mountains edging icy sky. Going straight to the source, talking to the vintners and seeing the vineyards in their winter slumber gives you stories to share next time you open a special bottle.

Be prepared that at some destinations you may sit outside due to pandemic protocols, so dress warm! Expect winter days and hours for visiting to be fewer and shorter than the summer schedule. Always call ahead to confirm.

Cellar Season in Wine Country

Photo: Brittany Rossman

Here are a few wineries that are offering winter hours:

1. Sweet Cheeks Winery

Always an amazing spot to enjoy wine, Sweet Cheeks Winery's Briggs Hills location has both indoor and outdoor spaces to sip wine and take in the lovely panoramic views. Reservations are recommended and they are offering flights daily. Food service is available or you are welcome to bring your own picnic.

2. Sarver Winery

Pair Sarver wines with their delicious soups as you sit around the bonfire. Enjoy cheeses, crackers and other accompaniments. Sarver's spacious patio with umbrella tables overlooks rolling vineyards across the wide-open valley. They are also open for inside seating.

3. High Pass Winery

With affordable, great tasting wines and splendid views, High Pass Winery is a cheery destination. Sit outside in their pavilion and enjoy the experience. Temporarily closed January 2022.

4. Silvan Ridge Winery

Well known for its summer-time entertainment, Silvan Ridge is a fun, happening destination even in winter. Reservations are encouraged as outdoor seating under cover is limited. The menu is currently limited, but picnics and outside food are welcome.

5. Bennett Vineyards & Wine Company

Open on the weekend only, Bennett Vineyards offers outside tented seating. As there is no food service at this time, you are welcome to bring your own picnic. 

6. Pfeiffer Winery

Reservations are not required but recommended for socially distanced seating in the pavilion. Temperatures are taken upon arriving and masks are required. Pfeiffer Winery has a stone fireplace at one end of the pavilion. Enjoy your wine while gazing out on the vineyard hillsides and the wintertime water garden with its water features.

7. King Estate

Open daily and close to Eugene, King Estate provides the "wow" factor with their majestic setting along with great wine.

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Share a Bottle

Gift a friend or a family member with a specially selected bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris — or one of the many other varietals that thrive in Oregon. Wine always makes a gracious gift to say, "Thank you", "Congratulations", "I love you" or "Thinking of you".

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy 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.