No strangers to the art of winemaking, the Wetzel family’s roots run deep into the vineyards that surround their winery. For four generations, they have crafted award-winning wines in Germany, and for the last 35, they have called Oregon home. Chateau Bianca Winery peeks out from the Willamette Valley, where Pinot Noir grapes flourish across the estate vineyards. These carefully cultivated grapes eventually fill bottles such as the 2002 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, a vintage aged 5 years to a mature red with notes of blueberry, black cherry, and the loneliness of being confined to a barrel for that long.
Guests visit the tasting room to sample some of Chateau Bianca’s wines, where each day a rotating selection of 6 bottles are uncorked for swirling and sipping. On days when the summer sun dapples the fields and shimmers playfully off Bacchus’ lampshade hat, sippers relax on the outdoor patio to enjoy a glass or share a bottle while looking out across rows of vines.