Vacationers love the charming town of Aurora, OR with its many quaint antique shops and art galleries. Aurora is just about 20 minutes from both Salem and Portland. Although this lovely town is small, it offers many attractions and things to do. A must-do when heading out or passing through is to spend time in the relaxing setting of the beautiful wineries. Aurora is known to have some of the most amazing vineyards in the world.
Champoeg Wine Cellars
10375 Champoeg Road Northeast
Aurora, OR 97002
All of the grapes to make the wine at Champoeg Wine Cellars are grown on site. Delicious white and red wines, including specialty wines, are offered. Guest favorites are the Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Discounts are usually available for case purchases. The wine lover in your life will be thrilled with the wine-related gifts available. Visitors enjoy the wine tasting and vineyard tours, easily accessed from a nearby Aurora Inn. Bring a picnic along, as picnic areas are on site. It is best to schedule an appointment to visit the vineyard and winery activities.
St. Josef's Winery
28836 South Barlow Road
Canby, OR 97013
St. Josef's Winery was voted by Portland Monthly Magazine as "one of their favorite wineries to visit in the Willamette Valley." This wine facility is only 3.8 miles from your cozy Aurora Bed and Breakfast. If you love delicious wine and vineyards with a European twist, St. Josef's Winery makes an excellent choice. With lovely grounds and German music, you will feel as though you are in one of the vineyards of Europe. This winery is known for its award winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Many visitors praise the great wine flavors along with the reasonable prices. Come see the three-tiered rose covered amphitheatre. The owners request that you call ahead if you want to visit during a weekday.
Sokol Blosser Winery
5000 Northeast Sokol Blosser Lane
Dayton, OR 97115
This 75-acre estate is gorgeous, and is only about 15 miles from Aurora. As you drive down Sokol Blosser Lane, you will feel the calming atmosphere of the lovely vineyards. Because Sokol Blosser Winery is at a higher elevation, you will experience amazing views. Besides the fabulous Pinot Noir, many love the Evolution No. 9, which is a mix of 10 different types of grapes. Tours of the winery are available for a fee, as is the option to request a 45-minute tour and wine tasting experience. Normally reservations are not necessary, unless the group is larger than eight people.
Pheasant Run Winery
21690 Main St.
Aurora, OR 97002
The Pheasant Run Winery offers fantastic wines, including old world wines. Guests love browsing through the beautifully restored bank building. It often donates 10 percent of its profits to local charities. This winery is known to sometimes host live music and local artist exhibits, making the visit even more exciting.