Finding a new winery is always so exciting. On a sunny weekday, I was exploring some of the wineries in between Dundee and McMinnville, and stumbled upon the Vista Hills Vineyards and Winery. The first thing I noticed was just how gorgeous the view was! We were basically in a tree house, right among all the trees, with rolling vineyards below. It was safe to say I was impressed before I even took a step into the tasting room.
Vista Hills Vineyard was started in 1997, and released their first vintage in 2001. I felt so fortunate to be doing some tasting at their lovely location. I truly loved everything I tried. One that really stood out though was the 2014 Treehouse Pinot Gris. Of course this grape is perfectly suited for our colder climate here in Oregon, but Vista Hills did a fabulous job with this wine. It was very dry (only .5% residual sugar) but was super fresh. Ripe citrus and pears filled my senses with every sip. This wine was dying to paired with fresh seared seafood, or a light pasta.
Worth notable mention were both the 2011 and 2012 Treehouse Pinot Noir, as well. While obviously two different years, I enjoyed each equally. The 2011 was a bit more on the masculine side, with notes of tobacco, smoke, and cherry. The 2012 was a much bigger wine full of flavors of spice and black fruits. I really couldn’t pick a favorite between the two!
Vista Hills Vineyard and Winery have some truly phenomenal selections. The next time you are exploring the Willamette Valley, I highly recommend heading to the Treehouse and sipping on some fantastic estate grown Pinot Gris while soaking in that view. Cheers!