Recent Press for Carlton Oregon

Carlton is redefining Willamette Valley wine country with high-quality grapes and extensive renovations

The Washington Post
September 2019

“An Oregon wine country landmark just got a makeover, and the Willamette Valley a new star attraction.

The Carlton Grain Elevator dominates the skyline — well, no, it IS the skyline — of the sleepy agricultural crossroads town of Carlton. Several years ago, when I first visited the region, the grain elevator was the landmark for giving directions, as in, “Turn left when you see the grain elevator.” It was a dilapidated structure looming 84 feet over the intersection of Main and Pine streets, with a WPA-style mural extolling Carlton’s burgeoning wine industry.”

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America’s Best Small Wine Towns

Afar Magazine
September 2019

Nowhere in the county are there more tasting rooms per capita than in this North Willamette Valley farming town of 1,000 people. (Two dozen and counting!) Learn firsthand why so many visitors flip over the Roads End Pinot Noir at Carlton Cellars and how Chris James Cellars racked up two consecutive Best of Show awards for its 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve at First Taste Oregon. If time permits, drop by some other local favorites: Laurel Ridge WineryDominio IVK&M WinesSoter Vineyards, or Lemelson Vineyards. Taste a different kind of crushed fruit at Carlton’s sweet Republic of Jam store, order a wine-and-cheese pairing (with a side of live music) at the Horse Radish, or go the full-on white tablecloth route at upscale French restaurant Cuvée, whose kitchen is helmed by an Alsatian chef.

Where to Stay: Come nightfall, pass out in one of three converted grain silos at the Abbey Road Farm, a bed-and-breakfast on an 82-acre working farm with its own tasting room.

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