Wineries between Portland and Bend?
Traveling to Bend in December. Will likely fly into Portland and rent a car. I'm guessing it's about a 3 hour drive to Bend. I've heard great things about Oregon wineries, and would love to visit some on my way back up to Portland. I'm partial to pinot noirs and reds in general. Any suggestions?
The passes might make your trip a bit longer so allow for that in December (snow). Coming back you could take Santiam Pass- Hwy 20 to Salem and then head to McMinnville along the back roads to hit some of the wineries - there is a large cluster along Hwy 221. Overnight in McMinnville before heading to Portland and stopping at some of the wineries along 99W through Dundee and Newberg.
Depending on the day of the week, you will want to check with tasting rooms before visiting. Many are only open on the weekends if at all in December.
The winecountry is along I5 from Eugene to Portland.
OR58 crosses the Cascades south of Bend to Eugene. Other highways hit that area in the middle (e.g. OR22, US20). US26 is the northern, most popular crossing to Portland. It takes you past the ski area on the south flank of Mt Hood, but misses most of the wineries - though it wouldn't be hard to drive south once you are in the Portland area.