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Gourmet Weekend in McMinnville, Oregon

This Willamette Valley town is known for winemaking and cuisine.

Youngberg Hill’s inn and tasting room overlook 50 acres of land.

Courtesy Youngberg Hill

Sights and Events Near McMinnville, Oregon

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
The history of American ingenuity takes flight in a vast hall where visitors can step into a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, explore a Titan II rocket, and tour Howard Hughes’s massive air boat, the Spruce Goose.

Historic Walking Tour
Take in a Carnegie library with a stained glass lunette, the Queen Anne flourishes of the brick Wright Building, and other architectural delights on a self-guided stroll along 14 tree-lined blocks. 

Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
More than 6,000 epicures gather at this annual festival (usually in early March), held at the Evergreen museum, for winetasting workshops, cooking demos, and regional delicacies such as smoked bison.

The traditional egg tops a croque madame at the Barberry, image

The traditional egg tops a croque madame at the Barberry.

Robbie McClaran

Where to Eat in McMinnville

The Barberry
One of two eateries in the KAOS building (named for a former radio station), this spot shines for its weekend brunch featuring oysters on the half shell and a croque madame with truffle-laced béchamel.

Peirano & Daughters
A cheerful deli offers small bites, house-made pasta, and Italian imports.

Pura Vida Cocina
Try an arepa (hand-pressed corn cake) with fried pork belly and pickled red onion or the crispy-meets-creamy fried avocado at this artsy Latin American joint.

Thistle
Diners from across the country come to this tiny restaurant for nostalgic cocktails and locally sourced fare including tender duckling with celery root, black kale, and bacon.

Valley Commissary
The city’s best lunch spot delivers beautifully plated dishes such as a pork belly sandwich with house-made kimchi or mac & cheese with peas, mint, and basil.

McMinnville Shops

Alpaca Naturally
Ward off the spring chill with ultrasoft alpaca wool products from this downtown boutique. 

La Bella Casa
Pick up Oregon-made pottery, handknit scarves, jewelry, and household goods at this all-in-one crafts emporium. 

Currents Gallery
Admire plein-air pastels by Nathalie Equall, whimsical paper carvings by Doug Roy, and works by other Oregonians at this artist-owned gallery.

Third Street Oil and Vinegar
Home cooks can sample 21 types of olive oil and 26 different vinegars.

Wine Tasting Around McMinnville

Eyrie Vineyards
Pinot noir is king in McMinnville thanks to Eyrie cofounders David and Diana Lett, who planted the first pinot vines in the valley. Their son, winemaker Jason Lett, continues the legacy with intense reds plus lighter options such as Chasselas Doré, made from a Swiss grape and best served chilled. 

Grain Station Brew Works
Inside a renovated barn, a family friendly brewery serves up live music and craft beers such as crisp Haystack Gold (an American blonde ale) and creamy Grain Station Stout.

R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar
Pair a glass of floral pinot or sparkling blanc de blancs with a cheese plate in this inviting tasting room and wine shop. 

Youngberg Hill
Overlooking rolling rows of organic vineyards, this family winery and inn produces wines—the robust, ruby-red 2015 Jordan Pinot Noir, say—that epitomize the McMinnville viticultural area’s earthy, dark fruit flavors.