The Oregon coast wineries are popular tourist attractions for those visiting the beaches.
Romance is generated by the lapping of the waves and a fine wine for many people...they just go hand in hand.
As you wind your way north to south or east to west, you'll be able to stop into a number of popular coastal wineries as you go. From individually-owned to larger wineries, you'll discover an Oregon coast winery to fit your tastes.
Just heading down Pacific Hwy (OR-99W), through Newberg, Dundee, and toward McMinville (before you take the OR-18 cut-off toward Lincoln City) there are literally dozens of wineries. It's amazing!
Personally, I'm not a wine person...I fail to see (or should I say, taste) the attraction. At the same time, I know many people who don't appreciate the taste of anchovies. I love them, so it's just a matter of individual taste, I reckon.
My wife and I both took a wine tasting tour some years back (a wonderfully romantic train ride!) and, after sampling the many wines offered, looked at each other and kind of scratched our heads. hehe. Hey! To each his own, right? ;)
My advice is to always call ahead of time before you visit, just to be certain they are open, make sure you designate a driver, bring some lunch supplies to make a day of it and dress accordingly.
Other than that, enjoy the best of the grape that Oregon offers. ;)
Here's my list to wet your palette:
Shallon Winery is located in Astoria at 1598 Duane Street, right across the street from the Maritime Museum. Serving regular and chocolate wines, visit their tasting room and lab. Find them online at http://www.shallon.com/
Nehalem Bay Winery is at 34965 Highway 53, a mile off Hwy 101. Serving a wide selection of Oregon coast wines, it's a lovely place to take some time away with someone special. The tasting room is open daily and they have a second one in Depoe Bay. They can also assist in weddings, receptions and private parties. Their web site is at http://nehalembaywinery.com/
Flying Dutchman Winery is the only working winery on the Oregon coast. Perched on a cliff high above the Pacific Ocean, next to the famous Devil's Punchbowl, you'll be able to enjoy many unique red and white wines while you're there. You can find them at 915 First Street, Otter Rock, Oregon. Visit their web site at http://www.dutchmanwinery.com
Old Bridge Winery is located on Hwy 42 at 50706 Sandy Creek Rd in Remote, Oregon. The stand out choices are their specialty fruit wines, including Cranberry wine, Dry and Sweet Blackberry and many others. They are open May 1st - Dec. 31st. Contact them at 541-572-0272
Old Coyote Winery is an Oregon winery located at 2025 Spruce St in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Tastings are by appointment and you can get hold of them at 541-572-8090.
Hawks View Winery & Wild Goose Vineyards is also in Myrtle Point at 46165 Hwy 242. Enjoy the beautiful view, take a tour of this Oregon coast winery and hit the tasting room (open from May through October). You can also call for appointments at 541-572-0251.
Sea Mist Winery, located in Bandon at 86670 Croft Lake Ln, was Oregon's first cranberry winery. One of the Oregon coast wineries winning awards in the West Coast Wine Competition, you're sure to enjoy their selections of Cranberry and Cranberry-Blueberry wines. You can contact them at 541-348-2351.
That should make your taste buds very happy campers. If there are any Oregon coast wineries that you know of that I haven't listed, please contact me and let me know. I'll be happy to add them to the page.