Oregon wine country busy on Thanksgiving weekend

Oregon wine country busy on Thanksgiving weekend

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- The Thanksgiving holiday weekend brings out large numbers of tasters and tourists to many local wineries, making for one of the busiest times of the year.

Winery owners found that there are many things that contribute to making the weekend so busy.

Danuta Pfeiffer of Pfeiffer Weinery in Junction City said that many of the wineries of the south Wilammette Valley put up their annual holiday decorations for the weekend.

"Everybody is decorated, everybody is excited ... they want to see the decorations!" Pfeiffer said. "They also want to see what the best prices are, some of the best deals of the year are going on right now."

For Pfeiffer Wineries, some of their wines are 25-50% off of their normal price.

Owners also said that there see a lot of families that come out to show off Oregon's beautiful wine country to relatives that are visiting for the holiday.

At Sweet Cheeks Winery, the Thanksgiving weekend coincides with their 7th Anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary Manager Kacy Minnis scheduled local food carts and live music at their winery.

"We expect to have quite a few people out," said Minnis. "We have out arms open and we're ready to go."

For those hoping to fight the cold, many of the wineries offered tastings indoors or under covered areas with heaters.

Local wine makers could attribute some of the boost in tourism to the recent acclaim for Oregon's wines. The magazine "The Wine Spectator" named Oregon's pinot one of the best in the country. 

The Willamette Valley was named one of the top wine destinations in the US by TripAdvisor.