Located about an hour and fifteen minutes west of Portland, Youngberg Hill is definitely a gem worth exploring. I discovered the beautiful estate while driving from Portland to Lincoln City, and am so glad I decided to make the stop. The beautiful tasting room is located in a picturesque bed and breakfast nestled on a 50-acre hillside boasting spectacular views of the surrounding organic vineyard. The winery has practiced organic methods sine 2003, and is certified both LIVE sustainable and Salmon Safe. The vineyard is also a popular wedding venue and boasts a large space behind the Inn to host events. However, it’s the friendly service, large patio and amazing views (probably some of the best in the area) that make make Youngberg Hill a must-visit.
Wine: Pinot Noir is their specialty and they were pouring both a 2011 and 2012 Pinot Noir. The wine tasting was very interactive, and our guide showed us actual soil used for different grapes, as well as a map of the vineyard blocks. It was interesting to compare wines from different blocks on their vineyard, and taste the difference between a Pinot Noir from the Natasha’s block (which faces Southeast and gets maximum sunlight) and a Pinot Noir from the Jordan Block (which faces south, so benefits more from the coastal breeze). They also recently planted a chardonnay block, which will be ready next year (and you know I’ll be back to try it!). Following the flight, I enjoyed a glass of Pinot Blanc on the patio and momentarily forgot about the 4th of July traffic jam that was waiting for me just beyond the hills.
Price: The tasting fee is $10 and includes a flight of five different wines: a Pinot Blanc ($25 a bottle), a 2013 Cuvee Pinot Noir ($38 a bottle), 2012 Jordan Pinot Noir ($40 a bottle), 2011 Jordan Pinot Noir ($50 a bottle) and a 2011 Natasha Pinot Noir ($40 a bottle).
Patio: The patio at Youngberg Hill is amazing. You can enjoy a glass of wine on the Inn’s wrap-around deck while taking in the stunning vineyard views. The deck has plenty of seating from tables and chairs to couches and benches. The wines are great, but the patio and view were definitely my favorite part of the experience.
Extras Worth Mentioning: If you are hoping to stay at the Bed & Breakfast, you need to make reservations about 6 months in advance (especially during peak season), it’s a popular place and books out fast!
If you are in the area, I also highly recommend paying a visit to nearby vineyard Coeur de Terre, which is less than 10 minutes away, and absolutely wonderful.
Summary: Come for the wine, stay for the patio and view.