Tumwater Vineyard's rustic barrel house tasting room exterior with covered patio and rock rimmed pond high on Pete's Mountain in West Linn

Newest winery opens in Mt. Hood Territory

Jarrod Lyman | 08/02/2017 | West Linn

As Oregon's reputation for creating world-class wines continues to grow, so does the number of wineries throughout the state. That's true about Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory as well, as yet another winery has opened their doors here, and people are already singing their praises..

Tumwater Vineyard recently opened on Pete's Mountain in West Linn. This sprawling vineyard has 45 acres of of grapes laid out on rolling hills, offering gorgeous views from their tasting room patio. Inside you'll find a beautiful space that is somehow both rustic yet luxurious and still homey. It all comes together in a spacious area that is ideal for small get-togethers, corporate meetings and of course, Sunday wine tasting with your friends.

The wines themselves are fantastic. Their steel barrel aged chardonnay is bright and refreshing. The rose' is warm and easily paired with chicken or pasta. The Pinot noirs really shine, however. They have several of this variety as they really embrace Oregon's reputation of creating top-flight Pinots. The one we sampled was warm and smooth while the fruitiness was pleasant without hitting you over the head. It was a fantastic wine that I would happily have in my collection (if I actually had one.)

The story of how this vineyard came to be is just as entertaining as a partaking in a tasting flight. Owner Gordon Root calls himself the "accidental vintner." The property had originally intended to become 40 or so homes. Zoning changes however only allowed for four, and the area was selected as the Street of Dreams for 2016. He opted to remove the blackberries, poison oak and other nuisance plants on the property and planted grapes, making lemonade with the lemons; or wine with grapes if we can change the proverb.

It's probably one of the best accidents around, as the property is simply beautiful and the wines are amazing. Visit and find out for yourself. The winery is located moments from downtown West Linn and only 20 or so minutes from Portland. They call it "wine tasting in your back yard" and you'll be glad you made the trip. In fact, you can visit a whole host of wineries in the area, as Tumwater joins Twill Cellars, Pete's Mountain and Oswego Hills Wineries which are all nearby.

Of course, you'll need a place to stay if you visit that many wineries. Check out our wide selection of lodging properties ranging from hotels to bed and breakfasts and even vacation rentals.

Jarrod Lyman has more than 13 years tourism experience. He is currently loving his job overseeing content for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest

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