Wine tasting in the Willamette Valley is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special person or a group of beloved friends. There’s no shortage of stunning wineries with sweeping views and romantic tasting rooms, so we’ve narrowed it down for you to three sweet spots.
Stop 1: Ponzi Vineyards
19500 SW Mountain Home Road, Sherwood
This founding Oregon winery was established in 1970 by husband-and-wife powerhouse Dick and Nancy Ponzi. Working side-by-side, they grew the business while raising their three children. If that isn’t romantic, we don’t know what is! Now owned and operated by their daughters Luisa and Anna Maria Ponzi, the sleek tasting room is perfect for cuddling, with a centerpiece fireplace inside flanked by comfy seating and fireside options on the terrace overlooking Avellana vineyard and the Chehalem Mountains. Just 40 minutes from Portland, it’s the perfect spot to sip a glass of the 2014 Ponzi Sparkling Brut Rosé.
Stop 2: Stoller Family Estate
16161 NE McDougall Road, Dayton
An easy and scenic 30-minute drive to Stoller is the second stop on our itinerary. This property has been in the Stoller family since the 1940s and was planted to vines in 1995. The tasting room is full of natural light, with an inviting patio and a lawn perfect for picnics. A guest favorite is the tire swing. While fun for kids, it has also been the picturesque site of many proposals. Its distance from the tasting room allows for a little privacy, while its setting provides the perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy proposal photos.
Stop 3: Domaine Serene
6555 NE Hilltop Lane, Dayton
Just ten minutes away is our final stop. Founders Grace and Ken Evenstad named the winery for their daughter, Serene, and released their first vintage in 1990. The website for this winery includes not only gorgeous images of the property, it also has photos of the Evenstad’s first date and wedding day. How adorable is that? It’s all romance over there, as a visit to their tasting room will make you feel as if you’ve been whisked away to a chateau in the French countryside. They have several private tasting options for those looking for something more intimate.