Forest Grove Wine Tasting Guide to Plan the Perfect Trip
Head east just 30 minutes from downtown Portland and you’ll find the quiet pace and small-town charm of Forest Grove, Oregon. Located at the northern point of the beautiful Willamette Valley, renowned for its world-class wineries, Forest Grove is the perfect destination for wine lovers. Treat yourself and take some time to explore the Tualatin Hills AVA and all that Forest Grove has to offer!
Wineries Near Forest Grove, Oregon
The vineyards that surround Forest Grove are planted with pinot grapes that produce exquisite pinot noirs. You can easily spend days discovering this lush and scenic corner of the Willamette Valley. Let us get you started with three popular Forest Grove wineries.
Tualatin Estate Vineyards
The vibe at Tualatin Estate Vineyards is welcoming and relaxed. Established in 1973 and owned and operated by Willamette Valley Vineyards since 1997, this must-visit winery has been producing world-class wines for more than 45 years. One of the Willamette Valley’s oldest and most respected vineyards, Tualatin Estate was among the first to acquire a liquor license in Oregon following prohibition. Taste award-winning Pinot Noirs in a quaint, laid-back setting where the service is attentive and informative. Sip a glass and take in the view from comfortably inside or beneath shade trees in the scenic outdoor seating area. Sample outstanding Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Blanc.
Just seven minutes from downtown Forest Grove, Montinore Estates is a “jewel of a winery.” Wine lovers return here again and again, drawn by its peaceful pace, warm and helpful staff, variety of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating options for tastings, and above all, delicious wines made from biodynamic grapes. Sip and savor Pinot Noirs and distinctive reds, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer. Montinore Estate sweet wines are a standout. Snacks are available to accompany your tasting. Or bring a picnic and enjoy a bottle of your choosing on the expansive lawn with views of the vineyard and beyond. Questions? Ask the knowledgeable Montinore team.
David Hill Winery
It’s a family affair at the David Hill Winery, a third-generation farm. Here, vines planted in the 1960s grow in scenic vineyards overlooking Forest Grove. Sip award-winning artisanal wines in the picturesque, renovated farmhouse tasting room or on the intimate outdoor patio. Quiet and peaceful, the winery’s beautiful grounds invite relaxation. Sit back in an Adirondack and take in sweeping vineyard views or gather around a picnic table and share a bottle of your favorite vintage as you watch a game of corn hole. In winter months, fireside wine tastings are cozy and unrushed. Enjoy superior, sustainably produced Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. Dessert wines are a David Hill specialty.
For a totally unique tasting experience, add a visit to SakeOne to your Forest Grove wine country itinerary. Singular to Oregon and one of just six sake breweries in the country, SakeOne is a must-stop. Discover how versatile sake can be in style and flavor – from SakeOne’s expertly brewed pure, premium domestic rice wine varieties to traditional, imported Japanese sakes. The SakeOne brewery experience is friendly, hospitable, and informative. Discover the sake brewing process and find a new favorite!
Things to Do and Explore in Forest Grove
Whether you call Forest Grove home or are just spending the day, “Portland’s Coolest Suburb” is a great place to explore.
Forest Grove’s walkable, historic downtown offers an inviting variety of art galleries, antique stores, and specialty shops. Take a break at your choice of spots for a tasty bite, a cup of house-roasted coffee, or a micro-beer. Time it right, and you can load up on fresh produce, flowers, and baked goods at the Forest Grove Farmers Market on Main Street every Wednesday, May through October.
Step into the old train station that houses the Friends of Historic Forest Grove Museum and go back in time. (Visit their website for hours.) Then take a leisurely drive through Pacific University’s tree-filled campus where buildings date to the 1800s. For a fun bit of small-town trivia, next check out the world’s tallest barber pole in Lincoln Park, where you can walk, bike, and picnic with the locals.
Need more “outdoor” fixes? Beautiful Hagg Lake is nearby and Fernhill Wetlands nature preserve is a peaceful retreat. First-rate golf courses and seasonal u-pick farms offer easy, close-by opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. There’s something for everyone in Forest Grove!
Where to Eat in Forest Grove
You’re sure to work up an appetite with everything there is to do in Forest Grove, and there is a delicious array of eateries to choose from.
Start your day at a southern country-style café, Biscuitology. Ready for lunch or dinner? Capture the Aloha spirit and indulge in a “Hawaiian plate” at Kama’aina. Bites Restaurant offers a yummy menu of New American, Tapas and Asian Fusion. Pac Thai serves delicious Thai food with gluten-free options in a casual space. Kick back and enjoy classic bar fare in a rustic setting at Ridgewalker Brewing Co. Urban Decanter Wine Bar is a perfect ending after a day of winery touring. And McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove is a great stop for eats and entertainment.
Where to Stay in Forest Grove
Book a room at McMenamins for an overnight stay and a memorable all-in-one experience when in Forest Grove.
Other local lodging ranges from the romantic Casale Bed & Breakfast – a lovely getaway – to convenient, comfortable hotels. Check out Best Western University Inn & Suites or Budget Inn for a good night’s rest.
Fly High in Forest Grove Wine Country with Tour DeVine
Make your Forest Grove wine tasting trip an adventure you’ll never forget. Step aboard a Tour DeVine helicopter and we’ll fly you to wineries throughout the Willamette Valley. Enjoy preflight breakfast bites and a toast, then take off for breathtaking scenery and wine tastings. Relax and enjoy the ride. We’ll take care of the driving. Call 503.687.3816 to learn more or book a wine country helicopter tour today. For a special occasion or just because!