St. Innocent Winery
Mark Vlossak, the founder and winemaker of St. Innocent Winery, produced his first vintage in the Willamette Valley in 1988. Thirty years later, Vlossak founded Enchanted Way Vineyards in Jefferson, Oregon, with a dream of creating a place to make great wine and have fun. The nearly 48-acre property is planted with acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and heirloom apple trees. Ground has been broken on a new winery, but until it’s finished, you can taste wine and light bites throughout the week inside a cozy, two-story cabin located on the property.
Salem’s first craft distillery, Divine Distillers, opened this summer. The distillery specializes in brandies and rums made from local ingredients. Jason Greenwood, the owner and distiller, works to preserve and highlight the flavors of these local ingredients in his spirits. You can trace this flavor profile during one of the distillery’s farm-to-glass tastings, which allow you to taste the fruit, the fermented juice and the distilled spirit.
Legacy Estate Vineyard
Eola Hills’ brand new tasting room at Legacy Estate Vineyard is surrounded by 160 acres of wine grapes and forests. Located 10 minutes outside of downtown Salem, the vineyard features a spring-fed pond, large patio and spectacular valley views. It also hosts events, including concerts, yoga and guided cycling tours, throughout the summer and permits on-site camping with a minimum $50 wine purchase.
b² Taphouse & Brewery
b² Taphouse moved to a larger location earlier this year. Right down the road from its former Salem home, the family-friendly taphouse is also a restaurant and brewery. It has an in-house kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating areas and plans to move its brewing operation to the taphouse soon.
West Salem’s first brewery, Xicha Brewing, fuses fresh, Latin American food with house-brewed European ales and lagers. Alongside tacos, empanadas and churros, the brewery also serves margaritas and Mexican-style beers. The beers are created with the food in mind, with each beer having a recommended food pairing.
Keep an eye out for: Salt Creek Cider House
A family-owned business in Dallas, Oregon, Salt Creek Cider House produces fresh, hand-crafted hard cider. The cider is made with all local fruit, with no sugar added. Construction is underway on the cider house, but an opening date has not yet been set.