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4 Family-Friendly Willamette Valley Wineries Near Portland Oregon

4 Family-Friendly Willamette Valley Wineries Near Portland, OR

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There are a dizzying number of wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I’ve heard there are more than 700! It can be a little overwhelming trying to decide which ones are worth a visit. And if you’re traveling with your family, the goal will be finding some tasting rooms that are amenable to having kids. Luckily for us, the whole state seems to be pretty family-friendly so that wasn’t hard to do. We felt welcome to bring our kids wherever we went. When taking a day-trip from Portland, here are four worthy destinations for kid-friendly wine tasting in Oregon wine country.

Fun Places for Wine Tasting Near Portland, Oregon

Duck Pond Cellars

This winery is right off of the main drag and was the first stop on our tour. There’s a lovely outdoor patio that felt more like garden with a pergola full of flowering vines. We didn’t see any ducks in the pond, but my daughters enjoyed petting the koi fish that they fed with the free fish food that came with our wine. We enjoyed a flight of white and rosé wines while our kids looked for gophers (which they found) and ate honeysuckles off the vine. Idyllic.

Willamette Valley Wineries - Duck Pond Winery koi pond

The friendliest koi fish you’ve ever met live at Duck Pond Winery, one of our favorite Willamette Valley wineries. They like to be pet!

Argyle 

The Willamette Valley is known for its pinot noirs, but all of the wineries we visited had a variety of different vintages to try, including sauvignon blancs and my personal favorite, rosés. Argyle Winery is just down the road from Duck Pond and has just released some new sparkling wines. Their tasting house is a spacious, open-air pavilion, so there is room to roam.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite (or your kids need a change of scenery), you can walk from Argyle to Red Hills Market where they serve three hearty meals a day. They specialize in wood-fired pizzas, craft sandwiches (gluten-free options available) and they offer a kids’ menu! The best part is that they have a bocce court for a little friendly family competition.

Stoller Family Estate

Surrounded by rolling fields, this winery’s open-air tasting room is so inviting that we wanted to stay all day. They must have a reputation for being family-friendly because there were plenty of young ones in tow. There is a big tire swing and an oversize Jenga game to keep the kids occupied while the adults sample the wine flights and light hors d’oeuvres.

Willamette Valley Wineries - Stellar Vineyards Jenga

Stellar Vineyards offers fields to run in and life-size Jenga game to occupy the little (and not so little) ones, making it one of our top choices for family-friendly Willamette Valley wineries.

Red Ridge Farms

Perched atop a hill, Red Ridge Farms, home to Durant Vineyards and Oregon Olive Mill, offers beautiful views that visitors can enjoy on the lawn in Adirondack chairs, while snacking on cheese platters and freshly baked bread. After our tasting of white wines, we went exploring to find the fragrant lavender field, plant nursery and gift shop where we taste tested all types of vinegar, olive oil and salt. We purchased some of the delicious olive oil and salt we had sampled earlier at the tasting room.

Hilton Portland is located in downtown Portland and is about an hour’s drive from Willamette Valley where these vineyards are located.

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4 Family-Friendly Willamette Valley Wineries Near Portland Oregon

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Erin is a native Floridian who has resided in Atlanta since 1995. Her husband Mike and she have two funny, smart, active girls and two cats.

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