Year-round in the Yamhill Valley, wine tasting and winery visiting–along with world-class dining–go nonstop, and each season brings nuances to the experience, and its own signature events.
In spring celebrations kick off in March with the McMinnville Food & Wine Classic, and vineyards are jammed for the Memorial Day tasting weekend. Wineries proudly present their first showings from the previous year’s vintage, and many celebrate with special food and music events.
Summer brings local festivals all over the valley, from Phil Sheridan Days in Sheridan, a weekend-long celebration honoring a local cavalry general of the Civil War, to the St. Paul Rodeo, to the gloriously named Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon. With winery dinners and farm tours, Bounty of Yamhill County in August brings chefs together to celebrate the local cuisine. There’s also one worldwide festival, the International Pinot Noir Celebration at Linfield College, three days of dazzling food and the world’s best pinot. The only problem is it may already be sold out, a testament to the event’s quality.
During fall the valley is up to its elbows in harvest and crush, but Carlton still finds a day for its Crush Harvest Festival, featuring food, a grape-stomping contest and a kids’ pie-eating contest. It all leads to the blowout Thanksgiving Wine Tasting Weekend, with wineries showing off their latest bottlings, and visitors at these lively events stocking their cellars for the holiday season.
With Winter comes the warmth generated by the holiday bustle through the city streets and the farming hills. This idyllic valley is not only the place for pinot noir, it grows Christmas trees, too; year-round greenery makes the perfect backdrop for indulging in renowned food and wine.