McMinnville, Oregon is nestled in the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range mountains and home to some of the greatest dining experiences in all of Oregon. The town was founded in 1856 by William T. Newby, an Oregon Trail emigrant, and named after his hometown in Tennessee. McMinnville is brimming with history, culture, and gorgeous mountain landscapes. Throughout the rolling hills and valleys, visitors will find an abundance of vineyards and wineries that practice sustainable farming to ensure this natural wonder will be treasured for generations.
1.Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is an inspirational and educational experience that teaches visitors about the achievements in aviation and space travel. The displays on-site feature the history of aircraft with a focus on the human endeavors that have built upon mathematics, sciences, and the human spirits desire to go beyond our limitations. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum offers guided tours and engaging programs for flight enthusiasts of all ages. Popular exhibits at the museum include the famous wooden airplane, the Spruce Goose, built by Howard Hughes during World War II and the Titan II Missile booster rocket where guests can experience a space launch simulation.
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-434-4180
2.Willamette Valley Vineyards Tasting Room
Willamette Valley Vineyards was founded in 1983 by winemaker Jim Bernau who’s boyhood curiosity led him to take frozen grape juice and knowledge from the family encyclopedias and ferment a batch of homemade wine when he was only 10 years old. Eventually, young Jim ventured off to college at UC Davis and then to Beaune, France where his passion for wine and vineyard management flourished. Early struggles and solid determination pushed Jim to build a farm of sustainability with collaborative efforts from Oregon’s family of vintners. His hard work has given his winery the honor of America’s Great Pinot Noir producer by Wine Enthusiast.
300 NE 3rd St., McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-883-9013
© Maysara Winery
Maysara Winery grew from the reclaimed land of an abandoned wheat farm south of McMinnville that Moe and Flora Momtazi bought in April of 1997. They fell in love with the untamed rolling hills and made a promise to take time and cultivate an all-natural vineyard and began the journey with 13-acres of pinot noir vines. Moe and Flora created Maysara Winery with an understanding that great wines can only come from well-maintained, chemical-free vineyards. Exquisite quality grapes are the reward for meticulous and passionate care of the vines and the resulting award-winning wines keep customers coming back.
15765 SW Muddy Valley Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-843-1234
Visit McMinnville broke ground in 2014 with a mission to promote the community of McMinnville as a year-round vacation and visitor destination. The goal of this initiative is to enrich the robustness of the bustling community and the city council has paved the way to cultivate a haven of culture and history that radiates a warm welcome to all who come and explore the beauty and reverence of this growing town. Visit McMinnville strives to provide the best information and services of tourism to visitors, businesses in the community, and prospective companies interested in becoming a part of Oregon’s culture and pride.
328 NE Davis St #1, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-857-0182
5.Coeur de Terre Vineyard
© Coeur de Terre Vineyard
Coeur de Terre Vineyard found its home in the Willamette Valley by happenstance. In 1998, Scott and Lisa Neal went out in search of the ideal place to build their dream vineyard. The got lost while scouting out locations when they stumbled upon a diamond in the rough hidden away off the beaten path. They knew in their hearts that this spot would be the perfect place for both their family and their wine. Coeur de Terre Vineyard takes meticulous steps from start to finish to create an ethereal bottle of wine. This hands-on approach ensures the sustainability of the vines, but more importantly, the longevity of the earth where they’ve taken root.
21000 SW Eagle Pt Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-883-4111
6.Yamhill Valley Vineyards
© Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards has been farming the treasured hills of the Coast Range Mountains of Oregon since their first bottle was corked in 1983. There famous Pinot Noir has received accolades from New York’s Burgundy Challenge and at tastings held across the nation. Yamhill Valley Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in the region and continues to generate exceptional quality wines with the love and dedication only fine wine connoisseurs understand and appreciate. The spellbinding scenery of the vineyard’s sprawling estate is ideal for small weddings and special occasions or a wondrous place to reconnect with friends and family over a glass of wine.
16250 SW Oldsville Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-843-3100
© Youngberg Hill
Youngberg Hill was established by a budding Iowa farm family raised with the belief that prosperity comes from hard work, integrity, and respect for the land. The Bailey Family built their hilltop oasis on 50-acres of lush green rolling landscape and with their combined knowledge of winemaking, hospitality, and marketing, they have created a polished gem that shines with pride. The luxurious Inn offers guests a choice of nine spacious suites decorated in rich wood accents, bold colorful linens, elegant baths, and breathtaking views of the coastal range valley. Youngberg Hill Winery and Inn has given the Bailey Family an enchanting place to welcome everyone home.
10660 SW Youngberg Hill Road, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-389-8286
8.McMinnville City Park
McMinnville City Park is home to a sprawling playland for young children to climb and explore. This 10,000 square foot wooden construction features castle-like towers, slides, bridges, and a labyrinth of childhood imagination. City Park is also where visitors will find McMinnville’s Aquatic Center and public library. In the lower level of the park, guests can picnic and play alongside Cozine Creek or take a stroll on the paved paths and soft surface walkways. The park also features a statuesque fountain in memory of Geroge W. Soper, a beloved citizen whose sudden passing was mourned by all. McMinnville City Park gives visitors and the community a tranquil place to unwind and relish in the beauty of nature.
McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-434-7311
9.Elizabeth Chambers Cellar
© Elizabeth Chambers Cellar
Elizabeth Chambers Cellar specializes in handcrafted Pinot Noir in a boutique-style winery with a well-rounded history of winemaking entrepreneurship. Converted from a 1926 brick and mortar monolith into a refined high-class winery and tasting room, Elizabeth Chambers Cellar is committed to crafting a delicate and distinct wine befitting of Oregon’s renowned wine country. This family legacy was built with a passion and devotion to the artistry of winemaking and the collaboration with the bountiful vineyards of the Willamette Valley. Elizabeth Chambers Cellar hosts special events on Friday evenings throughout the year featuring local musicians, artisan foods, and delectable wine.
455 NE Irvine St., McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-412-9765
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© Eyrie Vineyards
Eyrie Vineyards searched for the ideal mix of volcanic rich soil and a temperate climate to cultivate world-class Pinot Noir in the majestic Oregon valleys. In 1966, founder David Lett discovered his utopian acreage on a gently sloping southern-facing countryside. The name Eyrie Vineyards was inspired by nesting red-tailed hawks in the treetops of the towering fir trees that he had seen while scouting the vineyard site. This location would be the first of five estates that David and his wife Diana would build over the years. From the vineyards to the winery, Eyrie Vineyards crafts legendary wine with patience and passion.
935 NE 10th Avenue, McMinnville, Oregon 97128, Phone: 503-472-6315
11.R. Stuart & Co.
© R. Stuart & Co.
R. Stuart & Co. took an old granary in downtown McMinnville’s historic Granary District and transformed it into a crating house of the finest array of wines for any and every occasion. Head winemaker Rob and his assistant Emilie utilize time-honored traditions and the fastidious selection of fruits blended together by the expertise of an artist is how R. Stuart & Co. has stood out among the other fine Oregon wineries in McMinnville. By sourcing from local vineyards who share the same pride of vinification Rob and his team has created a range of flavors, available for tasting at their wine bar on Third Street.
845 NE 5th St., McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 866-472-6990
12.Walnut City Wineworks
© Walnut City Wineworks
Walnut City Wineworks believes the voice of the grape and where it grew speaks louder than the hands that craft the wine. The methodology used to propagate bounteous vines while maintaining the nutritive value of the soils is an essential key to Walnut City’s high standards for quality. Winemaker Michael Lunden has taken the honed skills from his years of travels and developed a style of wine all his own. A native of Oregon with a love for the art of wine, Michael helped Walnut City Wineworks to reach beyond repetition and move forward with a vision both reflective and humble.
475 NE 17th St, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-472-3215
© Brittan Vineyards
Brittan Vineyards chose an edge of the Coastal Range that offers east, south, and westward slopes to grow unprecedented Pinot Noir grapes. The soils unique mix of glacial sediments and volcanic rock create mineral-rich earth with a porous nature essential for balancing moisture. A spark of curiosity in fermenting sciences while attending college led to a lifetime career of viticulture of the west coast mountains. Brittan Vineyards knows the secret to create subtle variances among Pinot Noir wines stems from the soils in which they’ve taken root and the climate conditions in which they’ve endured, knowledge backed by over 45 years of experience.
829 NE 5th Street, Suite 700, McMinnville, Oregon 97128, Phone: 971-241-8228
© Coleman Vineyard
Coleman Vineyard spreads across nearly 14 acres of the luscious foothills of the Pacific Coast Range in close proximity to the Van Duzer corridor. This passageway carries the cool ocean breezes through the mountains washing over the hills and valleys during hot summer months. This one-of-a-kind climate feature creates a superlative wine including Coleman’s signature dark cherry and spice flavor with a bright and bold color. This family vineyard devotes the time to maintain a healthy farm for generations to come in honor of this ancient land formed millions of years ago in the days of volcanic eruptions from the Cascade Mountains.
22734 SW Latham Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-437-6071
© Westrey Winery
Westrey Winery is a company co-founded by Amy Wesselman and David Autrey located in Willamette Valley. Together they focus their winemaking energy on creating elegance in every bottle of Pinot Noir, powerful fruit flavored Chardonnays and stimulating bottles of Pinot Gris. Westrey Winery designs their wines to complement and enrich the foods with which they have been served. Amy and David obtain the highest quality grapes from friends in the Willamette Valley as well as their own vineyard located in the Dundee Hills. Their commitment to caring for the land through sustainability methods earned them LIVE certification, an honor among Oregon’s winemaking industry.
1065 NE Alpine Ave, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-434-6357
© Valley Commissary
Valley Commissary is a farm-fresh family-owned restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunches. Chef Jesse believes in the importance of made from scratch meals crafted from quality locally sourced ingredients. He also knows the significance of making time for family which is why dinner is not on the daily menu of Valley Commissary. In 2019, Valley Commissary initiated a supper club during the winter season to provide high-class dining for the community. The inaugural event took place at Mac Market, a 10,000 square foot foodie paradise where the greatest kitchens and beverage crafters of McMinnville gather to sup together in support of one another.
920 NE 8th Street, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-883-9177
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17.Grain Station Brew Works
© Grain Station Brew Works
Grain Station Brew Works renovated a rustic timber barn in the heart of McMinnville’s old Granary District. Their craft beers are inspired by the hardworking neighbors, the farms, ranches, and vineyards that have built a loving community filled with integrity, class, and charm. The hearty meals available at Grain Station Brew Works are built to refuel after a long day of hard work. The menu also offers fare on the lighter side with crisp salads and a selection of sandwiches and burgers. Pizzas available include a classic favorite--pepperoni or a spicy taco pizza topped with all the fixings. Grain Station Brew Works has a little something for everyone.
4130, 755 NE Alpine Ave #200, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-687-2739
18.3rd Street Pizza Company
3rd Street Pizza Company is a downtown icon serving up fresh hand-tossed pizza made in the traditional style of old New York. Hand prepared ingredients synthesize together in the fiery pizza oven baking to golden perfection on a classic hearthstone. 3rd Street Pizza Company is also home to the Moonlight Theater where guests can enjoy their favorite slice of pie while watching cinema on the full-size screen with a recently updated sound system and renovated seating. Voted Best Pizza by the community of Mcminnville is a badge of honor worn proudly by the entire staff of 3rd Street Pizza Company.
433 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-434-5800
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19.Red Hills Kitchen
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Red Hills Kitchen is located at the Atticus Hotel and provides table service in the restaurant as well as room service for the hotel guests. The extensive menu features the finest in local fruits, farm-fresh ingredients, and includes local favorites like fish tacos, homestyle meals like meatloaf and potatoes, and elegant dishes like steak tartare. The bar serves a selection of mixed drinks and local wines to the restaurant guests and serves customers in the hotel’s lobby and drawing-room. Red Hills Kitchen takes the bountiful harvests of local producers and transforms individual ingredients into a culinary work of art to share with the family of McMinnville.
530 NE 4th St, McMinnville, OR 97128, Phone: 503-883-9199
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- Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, Photo: pngstudio/stock.adobe.com
- Willamette Valley Vineyards Tasting Room, Photo: jkraft5/stock.adobe.com
- Maysara Winery, Photo: Maysara Winery
- Visit McMinnville, Photo: jkraft5/stock.adobe.com
- Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Photo: Coeur de Terre Vineyard
- Yamhill Valley Vineyards, Photo: Yamhill Valley Vineyards
- Youngberg Hill, Photo: Youngberg Hill
- McMinnville City Park, Photo: Marina_Nov/stock.adobe.com
- Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Photo: Elizabeth Chambers Cellar
- Eyrie Vineyards, Photo: Eyrie Vineyards
- R. Stuart & Co., Photo: R. Stuart & Co.
- Walnut City Wineworks, Photo: Walnut City Wineworks
- Brittan Vineyards, Photo: Brittan Vineyards
- Coleman Vineyard, Photo: Coleman Vineyard
- Westrey Winery, Photo: Westrey Winery
- Valley Commissary, Photo: Valley Commissary
- Grain Station Brew Works, Photo: Grain Station Brew Works
- 3rd Street Pizza Company, Photo: bnenin/stock.adobe.com
- Red Hills Kitchen, Photo: Red Hills Kitchen
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