Area wineries offer recreational opportunities
1. Airlie Winery
Airlie Winery prides itself in being a destination for the entire family. Located in Monmouth, Oregon, the winery has expansive views of the valley and Coastal Range, an intimate tasting room and a large patio and deck. The vineyard also has a picnic area and pavilion. Families, including dogs, are invited to pack a picnic, catch frogs near the pond and walk through the vineyard.
2. Arcane Cellars
Kayak or canoe to Arcane Cellars at Wheatland Winery in Salem, Oregon. The winery is a stop on the Willamette River Water Trail. Paddlers are invited to camp, play bocce ball, take a walk, fish and wine taste at the estate.
3. Brooks Wines
Hop into an RTV and take a tour of Brooks Wines in Amity, Oregon. The vineyard tour and tasting, known as the “Estate Experience,” lets you explore the different blocks, learn the history of the vines and drink wines from the surrounding grapes. The 90-minute tour is available for up to four guests per tour.
4. Cubanisimo Vineyards
Owned by Mauricio Collada Jr., who was born in Havana, Cuba, Cubanisimo Vineyards offers Salsa dancing lessons once a month. Open to beginners, the $15 price tag includes a dance lesson, hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting at the Salem vineyard. If you plan to attend, an RSVP is required 24 hours in advance.
5. Emerson Vineyards
Emerson Vineyards, in Monmouth, hosts Goat Yoga classes on Saturdays and Sundays. Combining traditional yoga classes with animal-assisted therapy, Lainey Morse founded Goat Yoga right here in the Willamette Valley. The fitness trend is now sweeping the nation. The classes offer panoramic views of the valley, wine tasting and yoga, all while friendly goats play, cuddle and wander around you.
6. Eola Hills Wine Cellars - Legacy Estate Vineyard
Surrounded by 160 acres of vineyards and forest, Legacy Estate Vineyard in Salem offers spectacular scenery and nature-viewing opportunities. Take a walk around the spring-fed pond, look for hawks circling overhead or see the wild turkeys that live in the Riesling block while visiting the estate. The vineyard also hosts a summer concert series, which features live performances throughout the summer.
7. Keeler Estate Vineyard
Keeler Estate Vineyard, a family-owned winery in Amity, invites guests to explore the estates’ gorgeous grounds. The property includes organically-farmed vineyards, gardens, forests, streams and sweeping mountain views. The winery is open Thursday-Sunday.
8. Left Coast Cellars
On its 360-acre estate in Rickreall, Oregon, Left Coast Cellars has gorgeous gardens, wildflowers and vineyards. Located close to Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, the winery is an eBird Hotspot. It’s not uncommon to see and hear multiple species of birds, including owls, great blue herons and red-tailed hawks, while on the property. Explore the estate on one of the winery’s two hiking/walking trails. The winery is also working to restore a 70-acre, old-growth oak forest to a native oak savanna. Grab a glass of wine, order lunch and enjoy nature on the winery’s patio.
9. Redgate Vineyard
Redgate Vineyard, in Independence, Oregon, is hosting gentle yoga classes throughout the summer. After the class, taste award-winning wine and enjoy the beautiful vineyard. Open to all experience levels, the classes will benefit either the SafeHaven Humane Society or the Monmouth/Independence Family YMCA.
10. Wooden Shoe Vineyards
Visit the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm on Saturdays and Sundays to taste the farm’s handcrafted wines. Known for its large tulip festival every spring, the farm planted six acres of wine and table grapes in 2009. Grab a glass of wine, explore the working farm’s formal gardens and enjoy the mountain views. The Woodburn, Oregon, farm also offers wagon tours throughout the year.