This southern Willamette Valley wine gal took a path less traveled, by me, last weekend and headed south to the lush rolling hills of the Umpqua Valley where unique wineries and stellar wines were plentiful.
Our destination was TeSoaria Winery, located just outside of the city of Roseburg, where a Spring Release party was taking place on Saturday afternoon. Before checking into our hotel and attending the release party, we decided to visit some of the wineries in the northern part of Umpqua Valley.
Our first stop was in Oakland, a small town just north of Roseburg, where the tasting room for Triple Oak Vineyards is located. We sampled a Tempranillo and a Tempranillo blend, had lunch, and got back on the road towards Roseburg. Along the way, we spotted a sign for the Wine Cave at Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, so we followed the signs to a gravel road that ended at a gorgeous vineyard where we experienced a very unique wine tasting. From Reustle, we headed towards TeSoaria and stumbled upon a small winery and distillery, Glaser Estate, which was perched above the banks of the Umpqua River with a beautiful view and delicious wine. Once we were at TeSoaria, we indulged in crisp whites, bold reds and a fondue spread like none other.
With just enough time to only visit a few of the many outstanding wineries located in the beautiful Umpqua Valley, I’m planning to turn that path less traveled into a path well traveled and head south again sometime soon.
To learn more about the wineries we visited and the wines we sampled, check out my website WineJulia.com.
Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants
Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. Bakery 10 am- 6 pm and lunch from 11 am – 2 pm; Thur. 6 pm Thursday Night Dinners-doors open at 6pm with appetizers, beer and wine available for purchase. Dinners are served family style, with one seating at 6:30 pm. Boedecker, Domaine Meriwether, J.Scott and Capitello are just a few of the many excellent wines that are currently on the wine list. For reservations call 541-895-5885. 182 South Second St., Creswell.
Belly: Mon. 5:30-9 pm, Taco Night; Excellent wine list. 291 East Fifth Ave., Eugene.
Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with a variety of Oregon wines – Folin Cellars, Vitis Ridge and Misty Oaks. 81 East 28th Ave., Eugene.
Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Peter Giri and Lloyd Tolbert; Fri. 5-11 pm, music starts around 7 pm with Manouche Noir; March art by Mari Livie – Cloth and Clay. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.
LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Wed. 5-8 pm, half off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. and Fri. 6-8 pm, live music. Patio is open and dinner service has started again. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free weekly wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
B2 Wine Bar: Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. Loads of Northwest wines offered here. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.
Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting; Tue. 6-8 pm Cheese & Wine Tasting – every first Tuesday of the month. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.
Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: Fri. and Sat. 7-9:30 pm, live music, no cover; Mon.-Thu. 3-6 pm, Happy Hour. Extensive local wine list. 754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.
Creswell Coffee Company: Fri. and Sat. 7 pm, live music; Nice wine selection here and occasional wine tastings. 116 Melton Rd., Creswell.
16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm wine tasting; Fri. 6 pm, Hopworks will be at the cafe with special giveaways and HUB beers will be on tap; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.
Capella Market: Fri. 4-6 pm. Beer tasting with Hopworks; Sat. 4-6 pm, wine tasting with Benton-Lane Winery. 2489 Willamette St., Eugene.
Café 440: Wed., all day. Wednesday Wine Flights, taste three whites or reds for $10.50; Mon. – Sat. 3-6 pm Happy Hour specials. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.
The Side Bar: Wed. Ladies Night, $1 off any glass of wine and $5 off a bottle of wine, great Oregon wine selection. 1680 Coburg Rd., Eugene
Ring of Fire Restaurant: Mon. 5 pm Wine Night Mondays-35 percent off all bottles of wine; Daily Happy Hour 4-6 pm. 1099 Chambers St., Eugene.
Soriah Cafe: Wed. starting at 5 pm, *last Wednesday of the month only* Celebrate Wine Wednesday. Half off bottles of wine, including local notable names such as BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate and Broadley. 384 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.
Authentica Wines: Tue. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Wine tasting available every Saturday at the Wine Bar, and on the first Friday of each month during the Art Walk. With a focus on artisan, small production wines for every budget, you’re bound to find something you love at this wine shop. 766 W. Park St., Eugene.
The Wine Place (Yachats): Fri. 4-7 pm Beer Tasting with Upright Brewing; Sat. noon-5 pm, wine tasting with PilusoVineyards. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.
Steelhead Brewery: Sun. – Sat. 11:30 am – 11 pm, open later on Fri. and Sat., In addition to their own wine, Steelhead Red, you’ll find almost 20 wines by the glass, including 5H, Hinman, Erath and King Estate. 199 East 5th Ave., Eugene.
Le Bar at 5th Street Public Market/Marché: This new bar has an extensive wine list. 296 East 5th Ave., Eugene.
Mac’s at the Vets Club: Wed. 6-9 pm, Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week. $8 Burger and Brew night, too. 1626 Willamette St., Eugene.
Red Agave: Excellent wine list, including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Territorial, Evesham Wood and Cristom, to name just a few. ’06 Territorial Capital T Reserve can be found here. 454 Willamette St., Eugene.
Cork and Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4 pm, free weekly wine or beer tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carries a large selection of local and international wine and craft beer, in addition to liquor. 812 Beltline Rd., Springfield.
Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7 pm, free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10 pm, purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2. 3443 Hilyard St., Eugene.
Café Zenon: Tues., Fifty percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm, $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estates’ Domaine Pinot Gris and Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here at half off on Tuesdays. 898 Pearl St., Eugene.
Izumi Sushi and Grill: Izumi has great sushi and they offer local wine and beer from Hinman, King Estate, Ninkasi and Oakshire. 2773 Shadow View Dr., Eugene.
Sam’s Place Tavern: Sports bar with a wine list featuring excellent Oregon wines between $4 and $7 a glass – Henry Estate, 5H, Eola Hills and King Estate. 825 Wilson St., Eugene.
Sabai Café and Bar: Wines by the glass, $6 and under; excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate, Capitello and Benton-Lane. 27 Oakway Center, Eugene.
Agate Alley Laboratory: Sat. 10 pm, Late Night at The Lab with $1 off glass pour wine, $3 well drinks and pints, $9.50 pitchers & appetizer special. Twenty-five varieties of wine for $25 dollars. 2645 Willamette St., Eugene.
Kiva Grocery: Wine department focuses on affordable Northwest wines, small European wines and organic wines. Ten percent off mixed cases, 15 percent off unbroken cases. 125 W. 11th, Eugene.
Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off; complimentary wine tasting in the lobby; excellent wine list. 207 East 5th Ave., Eugene.
Granary Wine Bar: Wed. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. Nice selection of Oregon wine here. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.
Cornucopia Maize Lounge: Daily happy hour 3-6 pm – “3/3/3 at 3″ special, three-dollar micros, wells and wine. 73 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.
Wineries & Vineyards
Domaine Meriwether: Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting, live music, fun; Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, world renowned Meriwether still and sparkling wine can be sampled in the tasting room. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.
LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Fri., 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun., 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.
Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night Live in the Barn with The Barkemeyer Brothers, 21 and over only; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm fresh fruit wines. 80247 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove.
Benton-Lane: Open Daily Noon to 5pm; For a relaxed one hour wine tasting with the owner in a special wine room overlooking the vineyards, call the winery for details 541-847-5792. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.
Sarver Winery: Winter hours: Mon.-Thu. by appointment, Fri.-Sun., 12-6 pm; Sample the different styles of Pinot Gris produced from their 25-year old estate vines, along with full-bodied reds like Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah while taking in an unobstructed view of the Cascades. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.
Pfeiffer Winery: Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm, keep warm while sipping Pfeiffer wine by the fireplace or sit by the gorgeous water gardens if it’s warm enough outside. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.
Capitello Wines: Another local winery without walls, so keep an eye out on Capitello’s Facebook page for upcoming events and tastings.
Silvan Ridge Winery: Open daily 12-5 pm, Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: January through March, by appointment only,
Wine Tastings in the Barn. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth Rd., Eugene.
Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music with Jen Sennett; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sundays, Fine sparkling wine and live music from 2-4 pm. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.
King Estate: Open daily 11 am – 8 pm. Sample some of Oregon’s finest wine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and enjoy a valley view that’s unmatched. 80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.
Chateau Lorane: Open daily, 12-5 pm. Stop by and taste some of their multiple award winners: Melon De Bourgogne, Petit Verdot, Viognier, Asian Girl Merlot, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and their double award-winning Red Bordeaux blend, Entourage. 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane.
J. Scott Cellars: Tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats. Be sure to stop by and taste these excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.
Abbelone Vineyards: Another fabulous winery without walls; check back frequently to find out where you can sample their delicious Pinot Noir.
Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm, newly constructed tasting room where you can sample Brigadoon’s three excellent wines now open. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.
Stanton Vineyards: Another local “winery without walls,” so keep an eye out for events where Charlie Stanton will be pouring his delicious wines. Bottles sold at Sundance, Market of Choice, Wineries without Walls in the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Authentica, and in restaurants Marché and Eugene Country Club.
Kandarian Wine Cellars: Excellent local winery without walls, check back often for wine tasting information.
Noble Estate: Open 7 days/week, 12-5 pm. Tasting room with beautiful patio and gorgeous view,. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.
Briggs Hill Winery: A winery without walls. Check back frequently to see where and when they will be offering samples of their wine.
Iris Vineyards: Tasting room scheduled to re-open in April, exact date TBA.195 Palmer Ave., Cottage Grove.
Patchwork Cellars: Christian Fox, owner of Patchwork Cellars, pours his excellent wine at certain events around town. Check back often for his schedule of tastings.
Dylan’s Run: Another winery without walls. Keep an eye out for tastings at the Fern Ridge Chamber of commerce, Wineries without Walls.
Save the Date or Reserve Now:
16Tons (Supreme Bean): Apr. 7, 7 pm. Live music with the Whiskey Chasers, no cover. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.
Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Apr. 8, 10 am – 1 pm. Easter Breakfast. Seating in one hour incrememnts starting at 10 am. Reservations required, call 541-895-5885. 182 South Second St., Creswell.
Excelsior Inn & Ristorante Italiano: April 8 Easter Brunch Buffet. Three seatings, reservations required call 541-342-6963. 754 East Thirteenth Ave., Eugene.
Broadway Wine Merchants: Apr. 12, 6 pm. Archery Summit wine tasting with food by Chef Glen. Call 541-685-0790 for pricing and reservations. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.