Just southwest of Newberg, the Dundee Hills are known for a volcanic basalt soil that’s ideal for pinot noir—and for an extraordinary trio of women winemakers.
A fourth-generation French winemaker from the respected Drouhin family in Burgundy, Véronique Drouhin opened one of the valley’s most revered wineries, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, in 1987. Sip from a flight that includes an estate-grown chardonnay and a spicy, full-bodied Laurène pinot, while toasting the tasting room’s unmarred vistas of Mount Hood. Wed–Sun 11–4; 6750 NE Breyman Orchards Rd, Dayton; 503-864-2700; domainedrouhin.com; $10 for a flight
At De Ponte Cellars, Drouhin’s former assistant and best pal Isabelle Dutarte makes just 3,000 cases a year. Some of her exceptional wines—like the DFB Estate Melon (a Muscadet)—are sold only in the tasting room. 11–5 daily; 17545 Archery Summit Rd, Dayton; 503-864-3698; depontecellars.com; $15 for a flight of five
Next door to De Ponte at Archery Summit, Anna Matzinger makes 100 percent estate-grown wines from some of the older vines in the Dundee Hills. Call ahead to tour the subterranean, basalt caves lined with French oak barrels. Tours include tastes of several bottles of single-vineyard pinot plus a history lesson on Oregon’s wine industry. 10–4 daily; 18599 NE Archery Summit Rd, Dayton; 503-864-4300; $15 for a flight of four, $25 per person for tour