Wilsonville, Oregon: The best small city you didn’t know about. Keep reading and you’ll see why it’s worth the visit!
With its farms and tasting rooms in the heart of Oregon wine country, a visit to Wilsonville is the perfect way to celebrate Oregon Wine Month during May. For all that it boasts, Wilsonville may be the best kept secret in all of Oregon. This city has it all: gorgeous scenery, great food, wineries and farms galore. You won’t even need to go to Portland (but if you must, it’s certainly worth passing through).
Whether it’s your first time visiting or your tenth, there’s plenty to do in Wilsonville. We’ve rounded up spots you won’t want to miss this spring, with options for tasting, stomping and exploring the vineyards. Use this list as your guide to experiencing Oregon Wine Month in Wilsonville with a side dish of fun.
Wilsonville Wineries Worth The Stop
A quick 20-minute drive from Portland, Wilsonville is a charming city with rural roots. City dwellers looking for an “off the beaten path” getaway or a Portland staycation will enjoy this trip. With oodles of dining, shopping and wineries along the drive, what better opportunity to celebrate Oregon Wine Month? Wilsonville area wineries are full of charm and local flavor–literally! Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and other celebrated blends are produced from Oregon grapes.
Beckham Estate Vineyard
If you’re looking for an elevated wine tasting experience, look no further. Beckham Estate is sure to provide. Located on a country road, this winery’s tasting room features pottery and ceramics that play an important role in its wine-making process.
Lady Hill Winery
Wine tasting, live music, picnicking, a dog-friendly patio and wandering pigs. Need we say more? Lady Hill Winery is the perfect mix of elevated and approachable: With a refined wine selection and a curated menu of picnic-ready sandwiches, let this tasting room draw you in the next time you’re camping around the corner at Champoeg State Park.
Known by many as “the big red barn,” locals prefer to call Lanphere Cellars “a hidden gem.” As a family-owned and operated business, this winery and tasting room began with nine small vines and bottling in the garage. Today, Lanphere Cellars (formerly known as Oregon’s Best Wine) has grown to over twenty acres across three vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley.
Pheasant Run Winery
Specializing in bold red blends, the tasting room at Pheasant Run is built out of a restored bank, featuring many of the original fixtures, doors and windows. Here, history abounds with multiple robberies, the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, and love notes etched on the concrete walls of the vault. We’d expect nothing less from the Aurora Colony National Historic District.
Visit The Barrel House at Tumwater Vineyard for a tasting room ambiance that’s rustic yet refined. Featuring an inviting patio overlooking rows of grapes, a quiet pond, and a crackling firepit, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a slow summer evening with good friends and even better conversation.
Create your own wine tasting trail with suggestions from Wilsonville’s Wine Country Trip itinerary.
Wilsonville Farms for Family Fun
Discover why Wilsonville residents are so proud of where they live by visiting one of the many family-run farms in the region.
The Farmlandia Farm Loop is distinctly, delightfully Wilsonville, and the perfect alternative to wine tasting if you’re visiting with kids. A self-guided tour, the Farmlandia Farm Loop takes visitors to 18 different farms along the route–each one better than the last.
The farms in Wilsonville are always fun to explore, and May is an ideal time to do so. Spring brings flowers, lavender, fresh produce and Oregon Wine Month, of course. Visitors are encouraged to explore the many farms in Wilsonville to experience the abundant agriculture of the region. Here, farmers and families are proud of what they’ve built, and they enjoy sharing what makes their home so special.
The Farmlandia Trip itinerary will give you a full picture of all the farms you can see in Wilsonville, but here are some of our top picks:
Barn Owl Nursery Herb and Flower Farm
Browse herbs of every season for every occasion at Barn Owl Nursery. After you stroll through the rows of fresh, fragrant lavender, visit the shop for handcrafted essential oils, dried bundled herbs and homemade tea.
The Kitchen at Middleground Farms
Turns out, you don’t need to fly to Tuscany for agro-tourism worth bragging about. The Kitchen at Middleground Farms is your destination for seasonal cooking classes and farm-to-table dinner parties. Hosted on a family hobby farm in Wilsonville, visit The Kitchen for a curriculum of classes and transformative experiences that’ll hone your skills as a home chef, a green thumb and more.
Park Place Perennials
Few things are more idyllic than picking bespoke blooms from the soil they grew in. The farm at Park Place makes it real. Come ready with scissors for u-pick peonies, lavender and wildflowers, then stay for a floral design workshop to make magic with your fresh blooms. Bring a mason jar! Call ahead for operating hours or make a private appointment to shop.Wilsonville makes a great place to visit any time of the year, and if you’re looking to celebrate Oregon Wine Month with new memories, look no further.
Need a little extra direction? Don’t hesitate to reach out for a personalized recommendation. We’re here to help you make the most of your time in Wilsonville. We recommend contacting farms and wineries for operating hours before you visit and checking in to a nearby hotel. See you soon!