For heaps of reasons, we greet this spring with extra jubilation. The arrival of blooms and butterflies always marks a new beginning and renewed hope. This time around the sun, it feels like even more. It’ll be a long while before we ever take our typical lives for granted again. In one of the great Robin Williams’ comedy sketches, he said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” And so it is. Newberg is ready to party, and this party has a name — Spring Art Blooms in Newberg Wine Country!
All around Chehalem Valley, flowers are blossoming, alluring art is on display, and the world’s best wine fills glasses. It’s a party for your senses, wrapped up in a Portland getaway that can be found, just 22 miles away, in Newberg.
We’ve assembled a free guide for Spring Art Blooms in Newberg Wine Country. Art, combined with spring flowers and scrumptious wine, amounts to the perfect spring weekend. Fill or charge the car and drive over the hill to experience a latitudinal change of attitude in beautiful Newberg.
Most wineries have special COVID measures in place and require a tasting reservation, so visit their website or call ahead to get the scoop.
Stay here for the whole experience of Oregon’s most luxurious wine country resort, or drop in and explore the extensive art on your own. From outdoor sculpture gardens to rare installations inside, the art here is a big reason you’ll love The Allison.
Northwest wildlife photography is the subject for Jim Sheehan’s exhibition in the Anam Cara tasting room. Conveniently located in downtown Newberg, Anam Cara produces beautiful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Chehalem Mountain. Open Friday to Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm.
Open by appointment for wine tasting, be sure to ask about their art gallery. The gallery exhibits multiple artists, showing a variety of art. Open daily at 11 am, weekdays they close at 4:30 pm and on weekends, they’re open until 5 pm.
ART Elements features unique works of original Oregon art from more than 40 artists spanning from professional emerging artists to master painters. “Creations in Solitude” is exhibiting through April 24th, at Downtown Newberg’s show-piece gallery. Featured are oil paintings by Christine Joy Swanson and watercolors by Sarah Joy Moore. Explore two floors of curated art by the area’s best artists. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Quilter Kim Bellingar became excited about opening a new wine tasting room when she realized it would provide a venue for her quilting passion. Her exciting quilts are an excellent diversion from their delicious wines. Reservations required.
Besides teaching art at George Fox University, Gary Buhler pursues his passion for landscape painting at his Downtown Newberg gallery. His work is not to be missed. http://www.garybuhler.com
Newberg is blessed with great wine, locally-sourced food options, cute boutiques, vineyard and farm vistas, and a wide variety of things to do. The diamond among the gems is the Chehalem Cultural Center. With ever-changing exhibitions in its three galleries, frequent live concert series, and classes, it’s the artistic center of Newberg and the highlight of any visit here. See current and upcoming art shows (general admission is free) and check out their website for tickets to the Spring Boxed Concert Series. On April 10, you can visit for the Camellia Festival to experience Oregon Camellia Society’s 79th annual statewide bloom show and get your start on spring planting by buying a special Camellia plant or two. Or, get your exercise by participating in the 5K and 10K Camellia Run/Walk. Whatever your interests, stop in here every time you’re in Newberg. Open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
High up above Ribbon Ridge, the cozy Colene Clemens tasting room shows the work by pastel artist Amanda Houston. Her technique is to work on copper plates, giving the images a distinct look and emotion. The winery’s 2015 Dopp Creek Pinot Noir earned Wine Spectator’s accolade as the #7 Wine in the World. Open daily, 11 am to 4 pm.
A wine industry veteran, Angelica O’Reilly, and her three daughters have just started up this new winery. Decorating their new tasting room is a collection of Angelica’s paintings and murals.
The Potter’s Vineyard and Clay Art Gallery
This daffodil-surrounded tasting room is always a fun place to visit. They’re currently showing work from nine artists, including Debi and Larry Nelson, Dan and Susan Wheeler, Dorothy Steele, Jamie Anderson, Gretchen Lambert, Renee Powell, and winery owner Bill Sanchez. You’ll find pottery that is functional, decorative, and whimsical. The art here is always alluring — and the wine is too! Look for new releases of their Cabernet Reserve and Dario Pinot Noir. Open Friday to Sunday and reservations are required.
When you arrive, you’re bound to be greeted by at least one of the winery’s llamas. Once inside, pull up a chair and enjoy a glass of wine, but don’t forget to pay attention to the table! Master woodworker Ken Austin created it as well as the art in the tasting room, using local Oregon woods. Be sure to check out their excellent gift shop. The winery and gift shop are open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.
REX Hill Winery and A to Z Wineworks
Artist Steven Ochs has installed his Goose Cube at REX Hill winery. The museum-quality experience is an “infinity room created for the joy of the dada movement.” Advance tickets are required for this temporary art experience. Be sure to add a wine tasting reservation to your visit, as they have recently debuted their beautiful new hospitality center offering expansive views of the vineyards, forests and Dundee Hills beyond. Seatings are by appointment.
Rollin Soles pioneered sparkling wine in Oregon and produced an array of beautiful 90+ point wines. A 2018 Pinot Noir of his earned a Wine Spectator “Smart Buy.” As great as the wine is, it’s only half of the reasons to visit their Newberg tasting room. Corby Stonebreaker-Soles is an outstanding glass artist, and the tasting room serves as her fused glass gallery and gift shop. The tasting room is open daily, 10 am to 5 pm.
Jackie McCartin and her twin brother started Tresori, and they make lovely Pinot Noir, Viognier, and Rosé. Jackie is also a renowned painter, famous for her richly-colored vineyard scenes. She has several paintings on display in their tasting room that you’re sure to love. The tasting room is open daily by appointment. Samples of her paintings may be found on their website.
Art lovers in the know never miss Trisaetum. One part wine tasting room, and one part art gallery, the featured artist is the winery owner and winemaker, James Frey. Enjoy his award-winning white, red, and sparkling wines while enjoying the paintings and custom-made line of wine bottle labels by this renowned artist. A new patio will be completed soon, with expansive vineyard views. Open daily, 11 am to 4 pm.