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Savor Local Wines

Published: March 07, 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.

Eugene Wine Cellars by Dominick Barbero

This year it may be more challenging to get out to the wineries for tasting, as protocols and offerings have fluctuated greatly — but what has remained steady is the quality of wine produced locally.

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, need your support and are making it super easy to order wine for local curbside pick up, local delivery, or shipment.

Free (or Flat Rate) Local Delivery

Pfeiffer Winery tasting room by Michael Sherman

Stay home and savor local wine in your own cozy quarters. Many Lane County 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. All orders and delivery services are subject to change without notice.

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

  • Capitello Wines

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

  • 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. 

  • Oregon Wine LAB

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

  • Pfeiffer Winery

Pfeiffer Winery offers complimentary delivery of orders for three or more bottles to Junction City, Eugene and Springfield.

  • Iris Vineyards 

Here is a shipping deal that can't be beat: Iris Vineyards is shipping orders of three or more bottles for .01 per order.

  • 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. 

  • 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!

Curbside Pick Up & Shipping Options

Even if a winery isn't delivering, most wineries are offering curbside pick up and/or shipping around Oregon and to many other states (check with individual wineries for their authorized shipping states).

Sip Wine in Town

Five Urban Tasting Patios

Bennett Vineyards Food & Wine

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. Another way to explore local offerings is to try wines at urban tasting rooms or wine bars. During pandemic restrictions, tastes may not be poured, but you can still enjoy ordering a flight or wine by the glass before investing in a bottle or more. Masks are also required moving about the winery properties.

1. 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.

2. Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room

Found in West Eugene's Warehouse District, Noble Estate's urban tasting room offers outdoor seating and flights of their handcrafted wine, so you can enjoy a "tasting-like" experience. Contactless ordering is available from your phone.

3. J. Scott Cellars on 5th

Located in the downtown Eugene's 5th Street Public Market, J. Scott Cellars' market tasting room brings their innovative wines to you in the convivial and beautiful outdoor seating areas offered at the market. Flights of three or more wines are offered along with small share plates. Groups of four or more require reservations, and must comply with current regulations. Their West Eugene Warehouse location is currently closed to service (but curbside pre-order pick ups are available).

4. Bennett's at 5th Street

Also located in the 5th Street Public Market, Bennett Vineyards & Wine Company's second location is open for outside seating and wine pick up. Pair flights of wine with food offerings from the market. While you are there, view the current art exhibits hosted by the tasting room.

5. Eugene Wine Cellars

Nestled in the Whiteaker Neighborhood, Eugene Wine Cellars is pouring their b2-label wines with limited outside seating.

Drive Out to the Vineyards

Six Wineries Open For Sipping Wine

Cellar Season in Wine Country by Brittany Rossman

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.

Be prepared to sit outside due to pandemic restrictions and remember that wine service may look different — tastes replaced by flights or wines by the glass or bottle only; disposal glasses; and food menus altered or not available. Expect winter days and hours for visiting to be fewer and shorter than the summer schedule. And due to limited seating arrangements, reservations may be required, so call ahead. 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 covered, heated outdoor spaces to sip wine and take in the lovely panoramic views. They've opened up all the sliding glass doors and rolled up the garage doors for maximum ventilation. 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. Sarver is open Thursday - Sunday, at this time, and not taking reservations.

3. King Estate

On the weekends only, by reservation, enjoy a glass of King Estate wine on their covered, heated patio terraces. Always majestic, King Estate is stunning place unwind. Please note, the restaurant is currently closed.

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. Tables have a 90 minute time limit. The menu is currently limited to a cheese platter, but picnics and outside food is welcome.

5. Bennett Vineyards & Wine Company

Open on the weekend only, their Cheshire winery location offers outside tented seating. As there is no food service at this time, you are welcome to bring your own picnic. Bennett Vineyards also has an in-town location.

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 tent. Enjoy your wine while gazing out on the vineyard hillsides and the wintertime water garden with its water features.

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.