Whiskey Hill Winery tasting room and covered patio lit with strings of lights at night in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory

Cellar Season in Mt. Hood Territory

Molly Johnson | 01/24/2019 | Food & Drink

There's something quite magical about wine tasting in the winter in Oregon. The morning fog looks almost ethereal, the rain feels like something to dance in and the snow cues fireplace evenings with friends. Knowing that 15 of the 18 wineries in Mt. Hood Territory stay open beyond harvest time and offer an even more intimate experience at their tasting rooms, merits the celebration of Cellar Season. Gather your friends and family and head to one of our wineries for some special memories to be made this season. 

Cellar Season Wineries

Beckham Estate VineyardBoring WineryBuddha Kat WineryCampbell Lane WineryChristopher Bridge Wines Forest Edge VineyardKing's Raven WineryOswego Hills Vineyard & WineryPete's Mountain Vineyard & WinerySt. Josef's WineryTumwater VineyardTwill Cellars Villa Catalana CellarsWhiskey Hill Winery & Postlewait's VineyardsWooden Shoe Vineyard

Come prepared with layered clothing, warm shoes and a positive outlook and you'll all but guarantee a successful outing as the wineries put a real focus on the customer experience and have even more time to engage with your tasting party during this cellar season. Some vintners dip into their special reserves or barrels for sampling or thoughtful tastings, others throw events and several are open beyond just the weekend. 

For an even more intimate experience you can book a private tasting. The owners are more easily able to accommodate your requests with less traffic and demands during the winter, so you can linger longer and really savor a more personalized experience. Of course, if you are going to do that, you should look into nearby lodging options and ride-assistance making it the most convenient of outings.

Most of these wineries are part of the Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail program too, so by downloading the free mobile passport you can even get some great discounts while you are tasting. So get out and meet the wine makers of our region this winter, you'll be happy you did.   

Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for mthoodterritory.com and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels. 

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