There are 29 wineries to explore in Dundee, Oregon. In the Dundee Hills region, approximately 6,490 acres of land are available to support the 29 local wineries. Although there are so many acres available, only roughly 2,000 acres are actually planted. The first vines in the area were planted in 1965 by David and Diana Lett.
The Dundee wineries specialize in the following types of wine: Chardonnay, Melon, Muller Thurgau, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and White Riesling.
Dundee wines are typically characterized by their distinctive aroma and flavor. They have a mineral-gravelly aroma and a floral aroma that is characteristic of violets. The flavors range from a spicy rosemary to a light lavender or the red fruit taste of raspberry or black cherry.
The 29 Dundee wineries are: Ava Vineyards, Anderson Family Vineyard, Archery Summit, Argyle Winery, Bella Vida Vineyard, Cottonwood Winery, Daedalus Cellars, DePonte Cellars, Dobbes Family Estate, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Domaine Serene, Durant Vineyard at Red Ridge Farms, Dusky Goose Rambouillet Vineyard, Erath Winery, Eyrie Vineyards, Four Graces, Juliard Vineyard, Lange Estate Winery and Vineyard, Sokol Blosser Winery, Stoller Winery and Vineyard, Thistle Wines, Torii Mor Vineyard and Winery, Vista Hills Winery and Vineyard, Westrey Wine Company & Oracle Vineyard, White Rose Wines, Winderlea Vineyard and Winery, Wine Country Farm Cellars, and Winter's Hill Vineyard.
The wineries all offer different hours of operation for visitors. The earliest openers are at 10:00am. Hours greatly vary. Some wineries are open daily while others are only open on select days. Some wineries do not post their hours and request that you contact them directly for reservations or more information. Tasting fees also vary by winery.
Domaine Drouhin is one of the notable wineries in the area. The winemaker at Domaine Drouhin is the daughter of Joseph Drouhin, the second largest producer of burgundy wine in France. Domaine Drouhin Oregon only produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Domaine Serene offers beautiful grounds but is on the pricier side for wine tasting and purchasing bottles of wine. Their Syrah is a popular seller. They also have a tower with a good view of the grounds, but the tower is not always open.
The Four Graces has received high reviews from individuals that have toured there. Their white wines are especially noteworthy and are known to have a lush roundness with delicate floral and stone fruit notes.
While many drive from winery to winery to tour the area and sample the distinctive wines, there is another option. Mark DeLong offers the Oregon Dundee Hills Walking Wine Tour. The walking tour takes visitors through the hills and vineyards of Dundee while educating them on the struggles of growing the Pinot Noir grape. While walking the hills, factors like weather and soil are discussed. The wine-making process is also described, and visitors are welcome to ask questions. The walking tour also stops at several of the wineries for wine tasting. More information on the Oregon Dundee Hill Walking Tour is available by calling 503-789-7629.