The rolling hills of the Willamette Valley serve as the perfect backdrop for a weekend getaway full of wine, relaxation, and splendor. The charming city of Dundee is adorned with highly rated eateries, gorgeous vistas, and — importantly — breathtaking vineyards that attract wine lovers from around the world.
If you’re planning a trip to the Willamette Valley, here’s what you need to know about everything there is to do, see, and taste in Dundee!
Wine tasting in Dundee, Oregon offers a serene and soothing experience, as you explore the town, dine at some of Oregon wine country’s most beloved restaurants, and taste the region’s famous complex and rich wines.
Although most famous for its exquisite Pinot Noir, the area is also home to other cool-climate grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc, which can all be found at many of the wineries in and around Dundee.
Domaine Serene Winery
Inspired by Château de la Crée, the owners’ 15th century estate in Santenay, Burgundy, Domaine Serene’s 42-acre vineyard and sprawling 30,000 square-foot estate feels like a gateway to the past. Located in the Dundee Hills, Domaine Serene’s Clubhouse offers expansive views, award-winning wines, and old-world charm.
Sip on some of the region’s most revered and widely acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé wines in one of their elegant tasting rooms and take in the picturesque views of the rolling hills and mountains of the Willamette Valley from their spacious terrace.
Stoller Family Estate
The Stoller Family Estate is known for its dedication to quality, hospitality, and sustainability. Since purchasing the property in 1993, owner Bill Stoller has transformed and cultivated the 399-acre estate into the largest contiguous vineyard in the region. It’s spacious tasting room, breathtaking vineyard views, and delicious handcrafted wines make Stoller a must-visit attraction for any wine lover visiting the Willamette Valley.
Stoller has won numerous accolades for its textured Pinot Noirs, crisp and full-bodied Chardonnays, and fruity Pinot Noir Rosés.
Alexana Winery’s 80-acre property, situated in the Dundee Hills, contains eighteen soil types and a variety of terrains, creating the ideal environment for tasting a wide array of wines in one scenic location. From mineral-driven Riesling and ripe-textured Pinot Gris to the winery’s signature silky Pinot Noir, there’s truly something for every wine lover.
As you sip, explore Alexana’s three-story gravity-flow winery and take in the gorgeous views of rolling hills, steep slopes, and rugged terrain through the winery’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
Nestled between the Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountains and surrounded by gorgeous hillside vineyards and gardens, you’ll find ROCO Winery. Owned by Rollin and Corby Soles, ROCO Winery is known for its Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Sparkling Wines.
With a personal and engaging tasting experience and a history of producing rich and luxurious wines, this boutique winery is a must-see for visitors seeking a truly unique experience. Discuss the aromas and tones of the wines in the tasting room, sit outside in the gorgeous natural landscape, or take an educational stroll through the vineyards.
There’s no shortage of great lodging options in and around the city of Dundee. If you’re looking for a luxury wine tasting experience, with a gorgeous backdrop and all the amenities, don’t hesitate to stay at the Allison Inn & Spa, just about a 10-minute drive from Dundee. Nestled on a 35-acre plot of beautiful farmland, you’re sure to find relaxation and comfort.
There are also an array of other, closer-in and more budget-friendly lodging options in and around Dundee, including the following:
- The Inn at Red Hills
- The Feathered Nest
- Franziska Haus Bed and Breakfast
- Luxury Wine Country Studio at the Market Lofts
- La Bastide Bed & Breakfast
- Best Western Newberg Inn
Eateries and Activities
There’s no doubt that the Willamette Valley is known for its wine. But the beauty and fun don’t stop between glasses of Pinot Noir! Dundee and the wider Chehalem Valley area also offer wonderful eateries and cafes, charming places to explore, and lots of natural beauty.
Places to Eat in Dundee
Like the rest of Oregon, Dundee and the surrounding areas take food very seriously. Right in the heart of Dundee is a charming and cozy eatery called the Red Hills Market, where you’ll find sandwiches and pizzas along with a wide array of beer and wine options. Another must-try in the area is Tina’s Restaurant, an upscale restaurant with an artisanal menu that changes with the season.
Here are a few other great restaurants to check out during your stay in Dundee:
Things to Do in Dundee
If you have some free time, take a moment to explore the Chehalem Cultural Center, which acts as the region’s center of arts and culture and hosts local events and classes for visitors of all ages. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take flight in a hot air balloon with the family-owned and operated Vista Balloon Adventures! There are also lots of nature trails, movie theaters, cute cafes, and shops to check out.
Take Flight Above The Rolling Hills of the Willamette Valley
There’s no place like Oregon wine country to taste rich, gorgeous wines as you simultaneously take in breathtaking rolling hills, and there’s no better way to do this than from the sky! Book a helicopter wine tour with Tour Devine, take flight, and experience the splendor of Dundee’s wineries with a view!