We spent a beautiful, sunny day in the Eola-Amity Hills tasting wine and enjoying the countryside. The three wineries we visited were Bryn Mawr, Cristom, and Brooks.
Bryn Mawr Vineyards
This winery was recommended by a few of the locals, and the wines were as good as they said. Rachel Rose has been the winemaker from the beginning at Bryn Mawr when Jon and Kathy Lauer purchased the property. It has been a labor of love/dream come true for the Lauers to produce highly rated wines in the Oregon hills.
The eclectic tasting menu consisted of a Riesling, Chardonnay, Rosé, Dolcetto, Pinot Noir, and Tempranillo. We also got to taste a splash of the Pinot Blanc and a second Pinot Noir. All were well-balanced and flavorful. If you are in the area, put Bryn Mawr on your list – for the wines and the view.
The first thing you see when you walk up to the tasting room at Cristom, is the lush landscaping that lines the stairway leading to the deck area. Around the corner from the front door is a nice grassy area with places to lounge while enjoying the wine and scenery. Nice place to hang out!
We tasted the Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé, and several Pinot Noirs. It was fascinating to continue our education on the soil types in the vineyards and how they affect the vines, then the grapes, then the ultimate end product – the wine.
Brooks was the perfect ending to our day of tasting. The property consists of an inside/ outside style tasting area with comfortable seating, and a nice food menu with table side service. There are three tasting flights to choose from with something for everyone. We really enjoyed the atmosphere there – so much so, that we came back a second time. It’s a place where the locals, as well as the out-of-towners, like to visit for a relaxing experience. In addition to the three wine flights, you can get wine by the glass or bottle, and there are also a few beers available for the non-wine drinkers.