The Willamette Valley of Oregon is a world-renowned grape growing and wine producing region, best known for the red-wine variety Pinot Noir. This grape requires a cool climate to thrive and has found a perfect home here. The valley is designated as an American Viticulture Area (AVA), and since 2002 has been further divided into six more specific AVAs. In each of these, the climate, soil and location contribute to the distinct taste of the grapes and the wine produced from the harvests. Carlton is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Note, however, that a winery may be located in one AVA but source grapes from another. The total number of wineries in the Willamette Valley is more than 500.
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Once a rough-and-tumble logging town, Carlton has been transformed and today is known as ‘Oregon’s Wine Country Capital.’ Indulge your love for wine at two dozen tasting rooms, featuring the finest Pinot Noir, plus other varieties. When it’s time for dinner, choose from fine dining; go casual with award-winning hamburgers; or enjoy tacos and beer at a popular tavern. Fresh made jams and savory condiments, cheeses and chocolates all can be found on Carlton’s Main Street. And you can walk to all of Carlton’s attractions from our convenient location in just minutes!
Carlton is home to nearly two dozen tasting rooms, and many more wineries and tasting rooms are found in the surrounding countryside. All the tasting rooms listed below are located on or a block or two off of Main Street, except where noted. Scroll through the listings below to learn more.
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A small winery producing Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Vermouth and Bordeaux-style blends. Grapes are sourced from the Willamette Valley and from Washington. Two bocce ball courts are on the property, located just north of town and with a view of the coast range.
Carlo & Julian
An estate winery with a vineyard planted in 1991. Known for their “long- lived” Pinot Noir, the winery also produces Tempranillo, Albariño, Grenache Rosé, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Produces a full range of Oregon wines sourced mostly from their estate vineyard west of Carlton; wines include Pinot Noir, Auxerrois, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc.
Carlton Winemakers Studio
A cooperative winery where a number of winemakers craft premium Oregon wines in a shared space. The tasting room offers a revolving selection of wines crafted by studio winemakers. Located just north of town.
Sourced from estate vineyards in nearby Ribbon Ridge and Chehalem Mountain AVAs, the wines are produced in their downtown Carlton winery. Offering Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rosé. The Flâneur tasting room is currently located in the historic brick building at the foot of the old Madsen Grain elevator, which is being restored into a tasting room and event space.
K & M Wines
A small-production winery specializing in wines which pair well with foods; wine flight includes a food pairing. Offering Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other Willamette Valley varietals.
Ken Wright Cellars
Produces vineyard-designate Pinot Noir, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Winemaker Ken Wright is one of Oregon’s most respected winemakers and helped establish the Willamette Valley and Carlton as premier locations for Pinot Noir production. The tasting room is located in the restored old train depot.
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Marshall Davis Wines
A small, family-owned and operated vineyard and winery in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Founded in 2011 by three brothers. Specializing in small batch vineyard- designate wines.
A small vineyard and winery, family owned, specializing in micro-production lots of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. A limited amount of wines are produced and are only available direct to consumer.
Pike Road Wines
The Pike label focuses on quality Pinot Noir for under $20, and was created by Elk Cove Vineyards for that purpose. The wine is made from estate-grown grapes and a small amount of purchased fruit. The tasting room is located in an historic brick building that housed the town’s original bank.
Seven of Hearts
Sources from different vineyards, appellations and varietals within Oregon’s Willamette Valley and neighboring regions. Their goal is small production wines of great purity, complexity, and elegance.