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VisitCorvallis Staff | 04/22/2021 | Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries, Hotels & Lodging, Restaurants

A Taster’s Tour: Monroe to Albany

Explore Oregon wine and enjoy gorgeous rural vistas on this suggested itinerary for the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail.

Start the day above a misty vineyard at BlueBird Hill Cellars Farm and B&B north of Monroe, where breakfast comes with homemade jams. Then let your designated driver steer you toward Tyee Wine Cellars for vintage blends made on a 130-year-old family farm.

If your visit coincides with summer, pick northern highbush blueberries at Kiger Island Blues; or enjoy apples and sweet cider in the fall. Afterward visit bike-friendly First Alternative Co-op, a Corvallis staple since 1970, to pack a picnic of local organic foods. Consider a sip trip with Oregon Travel Tours or for some pedal-powered fun, cycle the Kings Valley Loop to the next stops.

Venture west to Philomath, where Pheasant Court Winery is known for distinctive big reds and dry whites. Neighboring Compton Family Wines produces fruit-forward, earthy wines using French cooperage. At Lumos Wine Company, organic wine is poured in a former dude ranch barn — and you can stay in an original guest cabin. Nearby, a historic covered bridge acts as gatekeeper to Harris Bridge Vineyard and its specialty pinot gris and pinot noir vermouths. Linger along the hillside of Monmouth’s Airlie Winery, owned and operated by women, with nine signature varietals to enjoy. Then visit Emerson Vineyards, a multigenerational labor of love, for happy sips and fun conversations with the winemakers.

Your farm-to-table dinner is served at local favorite Frankie’s Restaurant in Albany, a fine dining experience with casual ambiance. For a night cap and games, treat yourself to Albany’s brewstillery, Deluxe Brewing and Sinister Distilling. After all, you have a lot to cheers to.

Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail

The Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail highlights the agricultural treasures you'll find in Linn and Benton Counties.

Find the farms that grow the fresh and delicious produce that fill our restaurants, the hops, grapes, and more that go into our wines, craft beers, and distilleries, the wools that go into clothes, fiber arts, and more. Visit farm stands and farmers markets, restaurants that specialize in farm-to-table dining, Oregon wine, craft brews, ranches, and so much more along the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail.

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