These days, new developments in the Yamhill Valley wine world are bubbling over.
In Dundee, Argyle Winery, one of Oregon’s best-known producers of sparkling wines, has opened a sleek, spacious new tasting room, with four benchesnamed–what else? John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Nearby, Dundee Bistro has expanded, offering the area’s first bubbles bar, pouring the region’s expanding list of sparkling wines. These effervescent expansions are useful in an area with so much to celebrate.
Domaine Serene, whose Evenstad reserve pinot noir was named third best wine in the world in 2015 by Wine Spectator, is reversing the typical pattern by buying a vineyard in Burgundy–and is building The Clubhouse, promised to be an uber-luxurious tasting venue.
R. Stuart & Co. Winery and Wine Bar, after considerable success with the Big Fire line, is introducing a new line called Love, Oregon, named after a vanished, Gold Rush-era town in Southern Oregon.
In 2015, USA Today surveyed the exploding wine tourism of Yamhill Valley and named The Eyrie Vineyards the top wine destination, joined by Sokol Blosser Winery and Argyle Winery. The article also hailed The Allison Inn & Spa, the Stoller Family Estates inn, Joel Palmer House and Nick’s Italian Café.
Yamhill Valley wineries are prominent in the new print and digital book Spectacular Wineries of Oregon, which depicts vistas as breathtaking as the region’s pinot noir.
Ken Wright’s 2012 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir was named the top wine in the world for 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, which effused: “From first sniff this exquisite wine grabs you and won’t let go.”