When it comes to exploring Oregon’s wine country, gravel roads always add to the excitement; depending on Google Maps’ suggested shortcuts, you may or may not take one on your way to Alloro Vineyard.
The elegant hilltop tasting room (just 30 minutes from Portland) sits on an estate with a villa straight out of Italy and 34 acres of grapes that are turned into pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, and muscat. Though the vista certainly benefits from smoke-free skies, it’s what’s served inside that makes any visit unforgettable.
City Editor Ben recently tried the Chef’s Tasting, now offered at lunch, Friday through Sunday. The “Midsummer’s Bounty” menu is replete with locally sourced produce, each dish paired perfectly with a reserve or library wine. The quality makes it hard to pick a favorite, but he can’t stop thinking about the goat cheese agnolotti, prepared with local figs and prosciutto.
Tickets for the experience are $125 (members get a $15 discount).