Travel Awards 2022: Top Wine Tasting Experiences
Sample the best that wine country has to offer at these next-level tasting experiences.
It’s no easy feat making wine in the West. And yet the region’s growers and producers continue on the path of mindful cultivation, releasing innovative bottles in the face of a historic pandemic, wildfires, and drought. We’re ready for a viticulture renaissance. Here’s where you’ll find us amid the vines.
If you thought you couldn’t go wine tasting in Portland, think again. Sip some Pinot Noir or Chardonnay at a gravity-flow winery that offers a taste of the Willamette Valley just minutes from downtown.
Lang & Reed Napa Valley
Enter a century-old Victorian-style home in St. Helena to sip Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc from a family that’s been crafting California vino for nearly three decades.
L’Ecole No. 41
Three generations of a Walla Walla family have farmed these vineyards. Take your pick from a tasting in their historic 1915 schoolhouse, a downtown wine bar, or a new tasting room in “Wine Walk Row.”
There may be no better pairing than bubbles and fried chicken, and you can sample them here for lunch beneath an outdoor pergola on the Santa Barbara estate dotted with oak trees.
Stoller Family Estate
Sample rarely available wines and seasonal small plates at a new hilltop tasting experience from this family-run Oregon winery with three guest homes and a contemporary tasting room.