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Wine Enthusiast “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2013”

Some say that there is nothing better than a spectacular bottle of wine accompanied with great travel. You may have heard about the Willamette Valley’s famous Pinot Noir and, Chardonnay. But it wasn’t until Wine Enthusiast Magazine published an article by the Wine Enthusiast Editors, on January 8th that we knew we were really on the map. The article “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2013” highlights areas like Spain, Portugal, Italy and our very own Oregon wine destination the Willamette Valley.

The Wine Enthusiastic highlighted the Willamette Valley as the “Burgundy of the states, producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The weather is relatively mild throughout the year, with cool, wet winters, dry, warm summers and coastal marine influences. The resulting Pinot Noirs are elegant and structured, with a striking balance between ripe fruit and earth” (Gregutt, 2013). 

The Valley River Inn in Eugene is nestled perfectly into the middle of this world class wine destination. With major wineries in every direction it is your one stop shop for great views and amazing wine.

Listed below are a few of our favorite Wineries in the Willamette Valley located near the Valley River Inn:  

King Estate Winery (22 mi): Founded in 1991 by the King family, King Estate is committed to producing Oregon wines of exceptional quality using organic & sustainable farming methods, meticulous fruit selection, impeccable winemaking practices and judicious blending.

Silvan Ridge / Hinman Vineyards (15.5 mi): Built in the style of traditional European wineries, this intimate venue provides a relaxing setting for sampling the area's distinctive wines.  

Territorial Vineyards (2 mi): Open for tastings on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 through 7, Territorial uses its own vineyards to produce Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris', and Rieslings.  

LaVelle Vineyards (18.4 mi): Open for tasting daily from 12-5pm, with many special events. LaVelle’s is a family owned and operated winery that has the homey feel that a lot of our guests look for in there wine destination.

You can enjoy all that the Willamette Valley has to offer with our VIP wine that is available throughout the year. The VIP Wine Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations and amenities for two
  • Complimentary wine tasting vouchers at two Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • Town Car transportation to two Willamette Valley Vineyards (3 hours of transportation included)
  • A bottle of Acrobat by King Estate Pinot Noir and fruit and cheese plate delivered upon arrival
  • Breakfast for two at Sweetwater’s on the River
  • Road map of local wineries

Read the full article by the Wine Enthusiast. We hope to see you at this amazing wine destination soon.

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