Where to Drink Wine This Weekend in Oregon’s Willamette Valley
May is Oregon Wine Month, and Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for throwing back pinots—both gris and noir—at wineries in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley. Chapter 24 Vineyards, one of the scene’s latest newcomers, is kicking things off with its characteristic mix of high-quality wine and art at its hybrid tasting room and cultural center to celebrate its first summer in Dundee.
Portland street artist Ashley Montague will be in the tasting room creating a live mural exploring the intersection of art and wine on May 23 and 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. You can watch him at work and try a flight of pinot noirs for $15. It’s good stuff: Wine & Spirits rated Chapter 24’s first vintage the best pinot noir in Oregon.
The tasting room occupies a former gas station reimagined by architect Woodson Rainey, Jr., with a graphic black-and-white mural created by artist Cathie Bleck. Named for the final chapter in Homer’s Odyssey, the winery labels its wines based on the soil type in which the grapes were grown. The mineral-tasting Fire has its roots in volcanic soil, and grapes in The Flood—so deep red it's nearly purple—grew in the sediment that was washed in with the Missoula flood. The Last Chapter blends the two, resulting in rich black cherry and plum notes. Sip all three and take in the surrounding lush rolling hills and miles of vineyards.
If you can't make the Memorial Day weekend kickoff party, Chapter 24's tasting room now will be open seven days a week all summer.