Whether people come for the charming historic downtown district, the scenic vine-covered hills, or the numerous small wineries, the town of Carlton in the picturesque state of Oregon is one of the Oregon Wine Country’s top destinations. With its downtown area boasting almost two dozen tasting rooms offering samples of a wide variety of wines, Carlton is a “Pinot Paradise” and serves as the home base for the region’s Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area, a globally respected wine region. The town is also home to several great restaurants, bakeries, and more. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Located on the 240-acre grounds of the Mineral Springs Ranch, the Soter Vineyards makes up approximately thirty acres of Pinot Noir and two acres of Chardonnay in the heart of Oregon Wine Country. The winery produces regional blends of North Valley wines, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Rosé, an Estate Pinot Noir, and the sustainably grown Planet Oregon Pinot Noir and Planet Oregon Chardonnay. Visitors can stop in the Tasting Room for a Classic Tasting, which includes a sample of five current releases in a semi-private, seated format. Soter Vineyards is open to the public seven days a week by appointment.
10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-662-5600
2.Anne Amie Vineyards
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The Anne Amie Vineyards is a place where Pinot reigns supreme. Whether it is a Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, or Pinot Gris, Pinot forms the heart of the winery’s production. In addition to the Pinot, Anne Amie Vineyards also includes Old-Vine Estate Müller-Thurgau, which was planted back in 1979. Set within the Yamhill-Carlton District’s rolling hills and the hillsides of the scenic Chehalem Mountains, the vineyard offers some truly picturesque views of the surrounding natural beauty. Open from 10:00am until 5:00pm, the tasting room also offers gorgeous views of the Pacific Coast Range and the vineyards.
6580 NE Mineral Springs Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-864-2991
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3.Ken Wright Cellars
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Founded in 1994, the Ken Wright Cellars strives to showcase “the inherent quality” of carefully selected vineyards, believing that Pinot Noirs best express the vineyards’ character.The winery produces single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from over a dozen vineyard sites throughout the northern Willamette Valley. The tasting room of Ken Wright Cellars is situated in downtown Carlton, Oregon, housed within a renovated train depot from the 1920’s. Visitors can taste Pinot Noirs produced by the winery, providing an in-depth geological Willamette Valley tour. Knowledgeable staff also share stories of Ken Wright’s more than thirty years of wine growing experience.
120 North S Pine St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-7070
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4.Laurel Ridge, Carlton, Oregon
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Laurel Ridge started out as a simple 240-acre farm just outside of Carlton bought by David Teppola in 1974, back before the Willamette Valley and the state of Oregon became a booming modern wine region. Teppola bought the farm as a future site for his vineyard due to its ideal southern exposure. Today, wine enthusiasts can visit Laurel Ridge from 11:00am until 5:00pm seven days a week to experience the wines produced by the estate vineyard. Tasting flights rotate on a monthly basis, featuring a diverse wine selection that ranges from Pinot Noir to balanced white wines to bold red blends.
13301 NE Kuehne Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-7050
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5.Cana's Feast Winery
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Framed by a picturesque backdrop of deep colored skies and the coastal mountains, the Cana's Feast Winery is a Tuscan villa-inspired winery surrounded by elegant Olive trees, Italian Stone Pine, and Mediterranean Cypress. In addition to producing quality wine, Cana’s Feast also aims to cultivate great conversations, lasting relationships, and intentional community. Visitors can stop by the winery from 11:00am until 5:00pm, seven days a week, to experience a wine tasting led by a knowledgeable staff, sip wine, take in the peaceful pastoral views, relax on the outdoor piazza, and maybe even place a game of Bocce.
750 W Lincoln St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-0002
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6.Carlton Winemakers Studio, Carlton, Oregon
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The Carlton Winemakers Studio is situated in the middle of Oregon’s scenic Willamette Valley and acts as a cooperative winery in which many different winemakers can craft their premium wines within a shared space. There are more than fifteen winemaking projects at the studio. Wine enthusiasts can visit the studio’s state-of-the-art tasting room to sample these Oregon wines, as well as learn about the charming and unique stories behind the wine labels. The Carlton Winemakers Studio is open to the general public for tastings daily from 11:00am until 5:00pm, offering a wide spectrum of wines in a single destination.
801 N Scott St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-6100
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© Lemelson Vineyards
Starting as a dream of a winery celebrating winemaking traditions, sustainable agriculture, and technological innovation, the Lemelson Vineyards utilizes gravity flow productions and organic methods of farming to craft estate-grown Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir from some of the Willamette Valley’s finest vineyards. During wine tastings at Lemelson, visitors can sample quality wines and learn more about the winery’s approach to making wine, as well as the over twenty-year history of the vineyards. Along with the tastings, guests can also take a behind-the-scenes tour to get an in-depth look into the innovative winery and its gravity flow design.
12020 NE Stag Hollow Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-6619
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© Carlton Cellars
The Carlton Cellars commits itself to producing premium wines using the handcraft tradition of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. This artisanal, small winery has contributed to the state’s extraordinary wine story since 2001 with the help of its Roads End Oregon Pinot Noir, an acclaimed wine that made it on a top ten list of recommended Oregon wine list by Wine Spectator. The tasting room and winery of Carlton Cellars in downtown Carlton opened later in 2007, offering tastings of several current releases, such as Sauvignon Blanc, white blends, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and of course, Pinot Noir.
300 East 1st St, Newberg, OR 97132, Phone: 503-852-7888
9.Chris James Cellars
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The family-owned and operated Chris James Cellars is a winery and vineyards that crafts interesting and unique Oregon wines. Since its first wine production in 2015, the winery has grown to now offer a broad assortment of sparkling wines, red wines, and white wines. The approach the Chris James Cellars takes to white wines is preserving and emphasizing the varietal acidity, flavor, and aromatics. For red wines, it’s developing their intense flavors through winemaking fermentation techniques after harvest decisions, focusing on silky texture and mouthfeel during maturation. The tasting room is open to guests March to November on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
12000 NW Old Wagon Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-1135
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10.Pike Road Wines
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Located on the Willamette Valley's western edge, Pike Road winds its way through a series of lowland farms. Set above the meandering rural road, Pike Road Wines grow its grapes in vineyards overlooking the beautiful valley of dairy farms and hazelnut orchards, believing the land along Pike Road is the perfect place for growing Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir in the New World. The tasting room for the vineyard, however, is set inside of Carlton’s historic State and Savings Bank building on Main Street. Pike Road Wines is typically open to visitors Wednesday to Sunday from noon until 6:00pm.
105 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-3185
11.Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey
© Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in the wine country town of Carlton, Oregon is a Trappist monastery. The abbey is set on approximately 1,300 acres of forest in western Willamette Valley’s low hills and acts as a spiritual sanctuary for all people. The forest surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe adds to its spiritual setting, serving as a buffer and allowing for a cloistered retreat. The abbey operates a non-denominational retreat facility open to both women and men with small cottages for people to stay in, as well as a meditation hall and a library.
9200 NE Abbey Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-0107
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12.Craft Wine Co, Carlton, Oregon
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Craft Wine Co. was established in Carlton, Oregon as a way to bring each of the company’s three brands under both a physically and metaphorically single roof. The winery started productions at its Carlton facility in 2014 and prides itself on crafting authentic Oregon wines with a true “sense of place.” Craft Wine’s practice of winemaking across all of its brands is minimalist and intentional with an emphasis on producing small batches with little intervention. The tasting room is housed within the working winery and is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm, and most weekends.
213 North Yamhill St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-3033
13.Ghost Hill Cellars
© Ghost Hill Cellars
Ghost Hill Cellars is a boutique winery owned and operated by the Bower and Bayliss families that was founded to craft some of the scenic Willamette Valley’s finest Pinot Noir. The excellent Pinot Noirs, history of family farming, and the “legend of the ghost” all make visiting Ghost Hill Cellars a unique experience for visitors. Guests can visit the tasting room, which was hand-built by Mike and Michael Bayliss to look like a prospector’s shack, from noon until 5:00pm on the weekends to sample the special wines, possibly meet the owners, and enjoy a family farm experience.
12220 NE Bayliss Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-7347
14.Noble Pig Winery
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The Noble Pig Winery is a family-owned and operated, small boutique winery and vineyard specializing in micro-production Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir that pairs well with food. Established in 2007 on nearly ninety acres of land in Carlton, the winery planted its first grapes in 2010. Today, visitors can stop by the Noble Pig tasting room on the charming Main Street of Carlton, Oregon. The winery makes a very small amount of wine each year and guests can sample several during a visit to the tasting room from noon until 5:00pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
203 E Main St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-474-2000
© Flaneur Wines
Named after the term “flaneur,” which a connoisseur of life, worldly explorer, and leisurely wanderer, Flaneur Wines in the picturesque Willamette Valley of Oregon is dedicated to producing memorable and distinct wines that share a story of place and time with every sip. Located in quaint Carlton, Oregon, the Flaneur Wines tasting room can be found in the town’s iconic Carlton Grain Elevator and is open to the general public for bottle purchases and wine tastings from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Guests can also reserve tables for periods of ninety minutes with a minimum bottle purchase.
168 South Pine Street | Carlton, OR 97111
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16.Monks Gate Winery, Carlton, Oregon
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The Monks Gate Winery and Vineyard is set on fifty acres just outside of the town of Carlton, right in the heart of the Willamette Valley Wine Country. Visitors can experience a wine flight consisting of Estate current releases while taking in the view of the historic barn. Guests can also find beautiful views of the coastal mountains from the winery’s comfortable adirondack chairs outdoor on the spacious lawn. The tasting room is typically open Thursday to Monday from noon until 5:00pm, April to December and open on the weekends in December. January to March is by appointment.
9500 NE Oak Springs Farm Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-6521
17.The Horse Radish, Carlton, Oregon
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The Horse Radish provides an ultimate dining experience in the heart of the Oregon Wine Country for both local residents and tourists alike. With a great lunch menu and amazing artisan meats and cheese, there are plenty of seasonal and delicious offerings that customers can either enjoy at the restaurant or take to go for a perfect picnic. The Horse Radish offers more than fifty Northwest wines that have been carefully selected by hand, with around a dozen available every day for tasting, with selections changing every Friday. Live music takes place on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.
211 W. Main St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-6656
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Cuvee is a bistro-style restaurant in the heart of wine country. The bistro in downtown historic Carlton offers a dining experience of “carefully-crafted French country cuisine” made up of hand-selected seafood, vegetables, and meats sourced from local vendors and farms. The wine list at Cuvee includes local favorites, as well as many imports from France, in addition to a classic cocktail menu for a tastefully casual and classic experience. Cuvee is open 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Sundays, and from 5:30pm until 9:00pm Wednesday to Saturday from mid-Spring to December and on Fridays and Saturdays from December to mid-Spring.
214 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-6555
19.Carlton Bakery, Carlton, OR
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The Carlton Bakery specializes in baking European-style fresh pastries and breads within the heart of Carlton’s downtown district. Guests can dine on the delicious baked products on the lovely outdoor patio Tuesday to Sunday from 7:00am until 5:00pm. In addition to European breads and pastries, the Carlton Bakery also serves Stumptown coffee, salami, local cheeses, French macarons, shortbread, soups, and quiche. Through using traditional methods, the breads and croissant-based pastries take days to make. This ensures that all of the products made by the bakery have unique and great flavor, consistency, and quality that customers are sure to enjoy.
245 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-6687
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20.Barrel 47, Carlton, Oregon
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Barrel 47 is a small pub found at the corner of Highway 47 and Main Street in the historic downtown district of Carlton. The great little restaurant provides a relaxing environment and a casual dining experience in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, serving American cuisine and a menu consisting of a wide assortment of options, ranging from several small bites to the prime rib. Local wines are offered by the glass or bottle and the full-service bar includes six on-tap beers, as well as two of Barrel 47’s own microbrews. The bar menu is rounded out with specialty cocktails.
111 E Main St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-852-3047
21.Stone Griffon Vineyard, Carlton, OR
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The Stone Griffon Vineyard is a result of the vision and passion of Terry McIntyre, the vineyard manager and winemake. Known for crafting bold and distinctive wines, the small family-owned and operated winery produces around a dozen different varietals and vintages. The goal of the Stone Griffon Vineyard is to provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where everyone can feel comfortable asking any questions they may have about winemaking or wine during their wine tasting. The tasting room in the downtown area of Carlton, Oregon is open from 12:00pm until 5:00pm, Thursday to Monday, or by appointment.
223 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 971-237-1045
21 Best Things to Do in Carlton, Oregon
- Soter Vineyards, Photo: Soter Vineyards
- Anne Amie Vineyards, Photo: Anne Amie Vineyards
- Ken Wright Cellars, Photo: Ken Wright Cellars
- Laurel Ridge, Carlton, Oregon, Photo: Laurel Ridge
- Cana's Feast Winery, Photo: Cana's Feast Winery
- Carlton Winemakers Studio, Carlton, Oregon, Photo: Carlton Winemakers Studio
- Lemelson Vineyards, Photo: Lemelson Vineyards
- Carlton Cellars, Photo: Carlton Cellars
- Chris James Cellars, Photo: Chris James Cellars
- Pike Road Wines, Photo: Pike Road Wines
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, Photo: Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey
- Craft Wine Co, Carlton, Oregon, Photo: Craft Wine Co
- Ghost Hill Cellars, Photo: Ghost Hill Cellars
- Noble Pig Winery, Photo: Noble Pig Winery
- Flaneur Wines, Photo: Flaneur Wines
- Monks Gate Winery, Carlton, Oregon, Photo: Monks Gate Winery
- The Horse Radish, Carlton, Oregon, Photo: The Horse Radish
- Cuvee, Photo: Cuvee
- Carlton Bakery, Carlton, OR, Photo: Carlton Bakery
- Barrel 47, Carlton, Oregon, Photo: Barrel 47
- Stone Griffon Vineyard, Carlton, OR, Photo: Stone Griffon Vineyard
- Cover Photo: Anne Amie Vineyards
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