Cellar Season in McMinnville
Both an AVA and one of the best wine country towns in America, McMinnville is one of the Willamette Valley’s true gems. February is the inaugural Taste McMinnville Month, a chance to explore the history, shopping, dining, and wine tasting experiences the town known affectionately as “Mac” has to offer. With over 250 wineries within 20 miles, McMinnville is a perfect jumping-off point for any wine adventure, says Kitri McGuire of Visit McMinnville—and the cellar season is the perfect chance. From seafood and wine pairings to rosé release parties, there is something special about the atmosphere at the wineries time of year.
“While the summer and fall are lovely times to visit, the cozy cellar season give visitors the chance to really interact with wine professionals,” says McGuire. “In the rest of the community as well, the cellar season is a time of coming together. It’s not uncommon to be sitting at a coffee shop next to a winemaker. This time of year is a friendly, less hectic time to visit that encourages exploration, conversation, and good company.”
All through February, McMinnville businesses will be offering bonuses such as prix fixe menus, $10 tasting fees, and special deals; just be sure to pick up your free Wine Walk passport at your first tasting stop. Collect 10 stamps on your passport and receive one of our beautiful WVWA Willamette Valley vineyard maps! You can even enter Visit McMinnville/Bounty of Yamhill County sweepstakes to win a wine country adventure including a three-night stay at the brand-new Atticus Hotel, round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines, and tickets to the Bounty of Yamhill County food and wine event.