Alloro Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley offers stunning vineyard views and an exquisite wine tasting experience.
Driving through the gates of Alloro Vineyard feels like you're heading to a dear friend's Italian villa for a relaxing weekend getaway.
(Because in my 2020 fantasy world, we all have friends who have Italian villas. You're welcome).
The gravel road leads you to the main tasting room adjacent to the beautiful 34-acre estate vineyard.
Here, Alloro Vineyard grows Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Muscat. The LIVE Certified Sustainable site is one of 25 wineries and 70 vineyards located in Oregon's newest AVA: the Laurelwood District AVA. This ninth AVA in the Willamette Valley lies within the Chehalem Mountains about 30 minutes southwest of Portland, Oregon.
Owner David Nemarnik is a longtime Oregonian who founded Alloro Vineyard in 1999. Winemaker Tom Fitzpatrick joined the Alloro team in 2010, after working with top wine producers in Burgundy, Napa Valley, and New Zealand.
I have to admit: I've yet to taste an Alloro wine that I haven't fully, 100% enjoyed. Winemaker Tom Fitzpatrick does an excellent job of producing wines that have all the strong signatures of quality Oregon wines. And then he elevates them to the next level.
The 2018 Alloro Vineyard Chardonnay ($39) is a full-bodied Chardonnay. It's more aromatic and almost floral compared to other Chardonnays. Made of a blend of 50% Dijon 76 and 50% Dijon 96, and aged for 11 months in French oak (18% new oak), this is an elegant Oregon Chardonnay with a lovely finish that I think has potential to age for quite some time.
The 2019 Alloro Vineyard Rosé ($27) is a pretty light, salmon pink rosé made with 100% Pinot Noir. The grapes come from a blend of blocks in the estate vineyard, and the wine has 12 hours of skin contact.
I adore this rosé. It has a beautiful delicate summery nose with bright strawberry and watermelon on the palate.
Pinot Noir reigns in the Willamette Valley. So you will, of course, find this thin-skinned, light- to medium-bodied variety at Alloro Vineyard. During my visit, I tasted the 2016 Pinot Noir and the 2017 Pinot Noir.
The 2016 Pinot Noir ($45) is quite elegant, with smooth tannins and black fruit notes that are co-mingling with baked fruit and a hint of spice.
The 2017 Pinot Noir ($45) is beautifully balanced. It has a nice acidity with bold raspberry, cherry, and round, earthy aromas and flavors.
The 2017 Vino Nettare Dessert Wine ($40) was a refreshing made of 65% estate Muscat and 35% estate Riesling. It's a bold ice wine, with juicy stone fruit aromas and flavors. The acidity balances the sweetness of this wine nicely.
You'll also find small production of Italian varietals made at Alloro. Currently, they grow a half acre of Nebbiolo and half acrew of Arneis.
New Tasting House Coming Soon
An exciting new addition is coming to Alloro: a new Alloro Tasting House!
The new Tasting House is located a short walk from the current tasting room, on the other side of vineyards. This spacious new building will have additional indoor and outdoor seated tastings, a large commercial pizza oven, kitchen garden, and plenty of options for event space.
Alloro is more than just a vineyard and winery. It is a full, functioning farm.
At the entrance, and also across the road, you'll find the 110-acre working farm. Here, you'll find Heritage sheep, Hereford cows, lamb, and chickens. They live among the farm's hazelnut trees, fruit trees, flower garden, and vibrant produce garden. This is one busy farm!
Driving past the farm and winery, you'll likely see the large rows of solar panels. Those panels create enough solar energy to power the winery and farm each year.
Visit Alloro Vineyard
Like most wineries these days, wine tasting at Alloro Vineyard is by appointment only. You may make reservations for wine tasting Thursday through Saturday.
- Tastings are $25 per person (up to four complimentary for wine club members)
- Each tasting appointment is 90 minutes, which allows the staff time to properly sanitize each table between reservations.
- A maximum of six (6) people in each group reservation.
- All guests must be 21+
- No pets
- No outside food
I found the staff at Alloro Vineyard to be extremely welcoming and gracious hosts. Because of this hospitality, along with the wonderful wines and serene setting, I am already looking forward to my next wine tasting at Alloro Vineyard!
22075 SW Lebeau Rd
Sherwood, OR 97140
For more information or to book your wine tasting reservation, visit the Alloro Vineyard website.
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