Oregon is a very young wine region, however, it shows amazing promising. In fact, Oregon wine is beginning to carve out a name for itself.

Furthermore, the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris Oregon wine grown and produced in the state are now winning awards. Due to the dedication of the winemakers and producers in Oregon, the number of Oregon wineries has exploded. In addition to fine wines being produced, this process has led to an increase in wine tourism within the state.

Therefore, to experience an authentic Oregon wine tasting, visit the following Oregon wineries.

The Best of Oregon Wine and Wineries

Domaine Serene

Originally, Ken Evenstad and wife Grace could not see the vineyard property they intended to buy in the Dundee Hills, due to the heavy fog covering it. However, they bought the property and set up their winery in the Willamette Valley back in 1989. Afterward, in 1990 the estate produced its first Pinot Noir wine. The vintage received instant recognition and received a 90 point rating from Robert Parker. Since then, Domaine Serene continues to produce award-winning Oregon wine, facilitating a luxury wine industry in the state.

Domaine Serene owns 6 vineyard estates and only grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Through intense study and dedication to these grapes, the production process for their wines is refined. Amazingly, to produce the delicious Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé varietals, the winery blends the grapes. As a result of the blending and intense familiarity with the grapes, the wine has a unique complexity and elegance, appealing to wine critics and wine lovers alike. For this reason, Domaine Serene’s wines often win prestigious awards at wine competitions. For example, their 2012 Pinot Noir won the top prize at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards.

Tastings

Wine tastings at Domaine Serene are where world-class wine meets first class service. In fact, experiencing its grandeur begins while driving into the scenic estate.  Its manicured grounds and beautiful architecture are picture perfect. Furthermore, once inside the knowledgeable and friendly staff guide guests through a truly exquisite tasting. Also, Domaine Serene goes above and beyond to ensure guests have plenty of Oregon wine options to taste; resulting in an unforgettable Oregon wine tasting experience. The estate offers 6 different Oregon wine tasting options and hosts unique events throughout the year. Ultimately, Domaine Serene is the gold standard in global wineries.

For example, in 2007 the King Estate Winery’s Pinot Gris ranked as the top domestic wine in the 2007 edition of Wine & Spirit magazine.

Stift Klosterneuburg

The Stift Klosterneuburg estate is in the Austrian wine region of Niederösterreich, in the northeast of Austria, bordering Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Niederösterreich is the largest wine region in the country, with its Austrian wineries producing more than half of Austrian Wines.

Stift Klosterneuburg is one of the oldest Austrian wineries, with wine production in the estate beginning in 1114. The winery holds the legacy of the historic Klosterneuburg Monastery, and the vineyards are its pride and heart. The estate vineyards are in four wine villages across the region and grow different grapes.

  • Klosterneuburg  – Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Sauvignon blanc
  • Vienna –  Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Gemischter Satz
  • Gumpoldskirchen – Zierfandler and Rotgipfler
  • Tattendorf – St. Laurent, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot

Although the grapes grow in different villages, winemaking takes place at the state-of-the-art winery in Klosterneuburg. The winery produces the award-winning wines Klassik and Single Vineyard wines, as well as the Sparkling wines, Klostersekt and MATHÄI Brut.

Visit Stift Klosterneuburg, for an impressive wine tasting experience and historical tour. The estate offers an outstanding tour of the winery with a visit of the baroque cellar complex, four underground levels. During the tour, you will learn about wine production in the estate and enjoy excellent Austrian wines. Also, when at the monastery, you can have a bite at their great café on a huge terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens. Or, get a tour of the church and monastery where you can see the famous Verdun Altar. In fact, since there is so much to do and see you should spend at least a full afternoon, to have an unforgettable experience.

WEINGUT HÖPLER

The winery is in the Austrian wine regions of Burgenland, southeast of Vienna on the gentle slopes above Lake Neusiedl. Jost Höpler founded the winery in the 1970’s; today Christof Höpler Jost’s son runs the estate.

Weingut Höpler has over 50 hectares of vineyards in the Leithaberg Hills. Here they grow Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to produce 55% white wine. Also, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, Zweigelt, Syrah and Merlot grapes grow in the vineyards and produce 40% red wine. A blend of Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, and Blaufränkisch grapes makes the Rose wine. Weingut Höpler also makes Sweet and Single Vineyard wines.

The elegant, delicate and versatile wines produced by the winery led it to become the number one exporter of Austrian wines to America. In fact, the winery exports 70% of its wine production and the wine is available in most stores worldwide. Also, the wines receive many awards and high reviews from competitions and top wine critics

Unforgettable Austrian Wineries and Wine Experiences

These 3 Austrian wineries are samples of the outstanding wineries spread out in the region. Furthermore, these wineries have embraced innovation and modern winemaking processes to produce fine Austrian wine. As a result, Austrian wineries are helping the country to make its way to be a top quality wine producer in the world.