40 minutes from PDX: These two tiny, rustic-chic farm towns, just over 20 miles from Portland, offer an immersive crash course in Oregon wine culture. In Dundee, the Red Hills Market fuels the expedition with wood-fired pizzas and cases stocked with local artisan finds like Briar Rose Creamery cheeses, Fino in Fondo salumi, and hard-to-find pinot rosés. Head for Worden Road, which ribbons through mossy Oregon woods and sweeping farm-country and mountain vistas, hitting a series of wineries both iconic (Erath, founded in 1967) and upstart (Alexana, founded in 2005 by a doctor/investor from Bangalore). From there, a quick loop on country highways reaches the hamlet of Carlton, where an antique grain elevator towers over a few quiet-but-packed blocks—home to Cana’s Feast and its excellent bocce courts. You might find yourself tempted to pull up stakes for this idyllic swatch of Oregon fertility—then you realize that it’s already right in your backyard.
RAIN PLAN: Skip the vineyards and stick to the tasting rooms, like Argyle’s big barn in Dundee or Scott Paul’s classy brick outpost at the foot of Carlton’s grain elevator.