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I was recently invited to experience the Autumn Outlook Package that Knudsen Vineyards is offering this fall and OMG ya’ll. I am obsessed.
As most of you guys know, this year has been pretty rocky. I uprooted and moved in with my mom up near Seattle earlier this year and have been in the process of divorce since. It has been a draining year, to say the least. Not to mention all of the many other chaotic events happening around the world. It is just all a mess. So I’ve been trying to focus heavily on self-care and genuinely taking care of myself these last few months, and our trip to Knudsen Vineyards made for such a great refresh.
I invited my best friend and her kiddos to join in with us last weekend and we drove out to Oregon Wine Country, stopping in Dundee, Oregon at the Knudsen Vineyards property. First impression- gorgeous property & primal parking. I was kind of nervous going into it knowing I was going in solo with my three-year-old twins who tend to run away from me in opposite directions. But it was such a nice surprise to find that the parking is RIGHT next to the Outlook room where the tasting is held.
Knudsen Farms History
It was founded in 1971 by Cal and Julia Lee Knudsen. They partnered with Dick Erath, another Oregon wine pioneer, to build Knudsen Erath Winery in 1976–the first commercial winery in the Dundee Hills. They also partnered with Rollin Soles in the 1980s to become Argyle’s founding vineyard. Then in 2012, the four Knudsen children decided to honor their parents’ legacy and make wine under the name of their now-iconic site Knudsen Vineyards. They are Cal, Page, Colin, and David Knudsen.
Social Distancing at the Vineyard
In the age of social distancing, I’ll give you a quick run down on what I noticed before we dive into the full experience.
- Everyone was wearing a mask & they are required on the property. All workers in the Outlook room were wearing face shields as well.
- The seating inside of the Outlook room provides a comfortable distance from others experiencing a tasting of their own.
- Each member serving the wines & snacks were wearing proper gloves and kept a good distance while talking.
- We went on a Saturday morning and when we left at 12pm, the vineyard was still not too packed and offered ample space for visitors to keep a comfortable distance from one another.
Knudsen Vineyards Autumn Outlook Tasting Experience
We experienced both of their tasting options. Their Autumn Outlook Package includes a tasting for two featuring five estate wines and a snack plate to share inside of their Outlook Tasting Room that just opened in June 2020. Then they also offer a kid-friendly juice tasting featuring three juices, a snack box, as well as an activity sheet, and crayons.
When you arrive, your table is already set up and ready for the guests you mentioned when you reserved your spot. I loved that each kiddo had their own little snack box so that they could help themselves and color while my best friend and I were enjoying our wines which they started serving right away. My fave was their 2019 Rose. I went home with a bottle and am patiently waiting to enjoy it alongside some takeout while binging a new Netflix show.
As for the space; it’s nicely sized and covered, so you don’t have to worry about that inevitable Oregon rain. It is also a safe enough space that I felt comfortable letting my twin three-year-olds run around with their two-year-old cousin.
Overall Knudsen Vineyards Autumn Outlook Package Review
All in all, I would have to say the autumn outlook tasting experience is a fall MUST if you’re in the area. I think it would make for a great outing whether it be an afternoon date, family day, or brunch time tasting with the girls. The space is set up to be comfortable for all occasions and I would absolutely feel comfortable bringing my kids back to the vineyard.
Have you ever experienced Oregon Wine Country tastings?