When to Do Oregon Wine Country

Want to plan the perfect wine vacation? Oregon wine country is beautiful and exciting just about any time of the year. But we must say, there are certainly some prime times to visit. With the exception of winter, when most wineries close their doors to visitors, each season has something great to offer.

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Spring

Put a spring in your step with a relaxed, crowd-free setting. While the weather is busy trying to decide if it should be cold or warm, wineries open their doors and welcome the year’s first visitors. Cool and rainy days dominate the season, but this means that crowds are thinner and wineries are quieter and bit more peaceful.

Summer

Tasting goes full throttle during the summer months in Oregon wine country, as the weather is gorgeous and everyone wants to enjoy every second. Many of the state’s 400+ wineries host events and festivals during this season. If you want to get in on this action, the time to go is between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Everything from tastings, including our own Rainstorm wines, to vineyard tours to special goody giveaways await.

Fall

Fall is a busy time for vintners in our fair state. This is harvest season, so it’s a mad dash to make sure the grapes  – pinot noir, riesling, cab, and more – are harvested at the peak of ripeness. From there, the transformation from fruit to wine begins. For those who want a more hands-on experience with their wine tasting, autumn is a good time to visit. Many wineries offer activities like grape picking and stomping.

Just about any time of the year is the right time to visit Oregon wine country. You may even find a few wineries that are open in winter, but be sure to call ahead to check the hours before making the journey. And don’t forget: Rainstorm wines can be enjoyed anytime – anywhere!

Why You Need to See This “Worst Day of the Year Winter Bike Ride” In Oregon

Keep it weird, Portland. In some places, the worst day of the year is one that people shove to the back of their minds. They want to hunker down and then forget. In Oregon, we celebrate it! The “Worst Day of the Year Winter Bike Ride” commemorates two horrible “weather is frightful” days and makes it into one of the Best Days to experience our region.

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It Was the Worst of Times…

While the vines enjoy their winter slumber, Oregon wine country is far from sleepy. This is a great time to visit wineries and sample the best the region has to offer. And if you’re thirsty for something to get your blood flowing, you might want to enjoy the Worst Day.

The coldest day in Oregon history occurred on February 8, 1933: residents bundled up against -54° temps. That same day, 63 years later, we saw our wettest day with 26 inches of rain in just four days. So, naturally, Oregon organizes an outdoor event on or around that date! In 2001, 200 hardy folks showed up for a chilly bike ride. Ten years later, 3000 cyclists (or masochists?) turned out.

The Worst Day of the Year Bike Ride has taken on life of its own. There’s biking, of course, but you can enjoy costume contests, breakfast, lunch, awesome snacks and beverages (bikers can treat themselves to everything from cocoa and cookies to cider and fries to tea and chips with salsa), family, urban, and challenge routes, and plenty of fans to cheer you on.

This year, the event is held on February 11; courses close at 3:00pm. When you hop off your bike, make sure to try Oregon wines and sample some delectable local food. You’ve earned it (even if you didn’t ride! Cheering is thirsty work).

Keep it awesome, Portland!