Panther Creek in Best Willamette Valley Oregon Winery Tours 2016, The Vine Daily
Panther Creek Cellars has been producing ultra-premium Pinot Noir since 1986, and no trip to Willamette Valley would be complete without a stop here. Although ownership has changed hands many times over the years, the winery continues to curate some of the best varietals in the region, thanks to partnerships with some of the most iconic vineyards in Oregon. Tony Rynders, Panther Creek’s Consulting Winemaker, enjoyed great success as Domaine Serene’s head winemaker and now turns out first-rate bottlings of a multitude of Pinot Noirs, a Pinot Gris, and a Chardonnay. Look for the non-descript, converted warehouse building on the edge of town. Don’t be fooled: the wines are infinitely more elegant than the tasting room.