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World Class Wine Tour

Published: March 01, 2019

Taste handcrafted award-winning wines as you make your way from downtown Eugene to the rolling foothills of the coast range.

Eugene to South Willamette Valley Wine Country

Start the morning right with bubbly and breakfast at Noisette Pastry Kitchen in downtown Eugene. This boutique café serves up seasonal, local handmade sweets and savories.

Make a stop at Provisions Market Hall. Peruse the carefully curated selection of wines, and maybe even have a glass at the wine bar, while you shop specialty take home foods, cookbooks, charcuterie and more. Fill your picnic basket here for tasty snacks throughout the day. If you don’t have a picnic basket, as you head north be sure to stop for lunch in Junction City at Camas Country Mill Bakery & Store (closes at 3 p.m.).

Make your way to wine country and spend the day exploring the Prairie Mountain Wineries, six vineyards with extraordinary views within a ten-mile radius.

Take scenic River Road back into town and stop by Groundwork Organics, a 75-year old restored dairy barn and certified organic farm stand (open until 6 p.m., Thurs – Sun).

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Wrap up the day with dinner at Marché Restaurant. This destination restaurant serves up French-inspired cuisine with farm fresh ingredients and regional wines that celebrate the bounty of the region.

Want more? Walk to nearby Party Bar for late night food and a night-cap. Think: oysters, craft cocktails and organic burgers – all using local ingredients.

The World Class Wine Tour is one of three suggested itineraries that make up the South Willamette Valley Food Trail. Produced by the South Willamette Valley Culinary & Agritourism Studio, this project is the fourth iteration of Travel Oregon’s Oregon Food Trails. The South Willamette Valley Food Trail will be available in April as a printable and downloadable guide to Oregon's delicious culinary and agritourism experiences.

Author: Bri Matthews

Bri Matthews is a Virginia-native, but has pursued her thirst for adventure and travel by living and studying all over the world, from South Carolina to New Zealand. After finishing her degree in Tourism Management and Geography at the University of South Carolina, she and her boyfriend re-located to the Pacific Northwest to align their passions and values with their environment. Bri is a culinary enthusiast and an environmentalist. Find her outside hiking, at home cooking fresh local foods or, out trying Eugene’s latest and greatest craft brews and wines.