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Several wineries will host open houses and other events to wrap up the summer season

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Wineries throughout the area are not only planning on remaining open on Labor Day, but many have planned special tastings and other events to celebrate the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of the harvest season.

Labor Day Weekend is often referred to as the unofficial end of summer, but in wine country, that doesn't mean it's time to pack away the summer gear just yet.

A handful of wineries in the greater Newberg area will send off the summer with events over Labor Day Weekend. For example, Utopia Vineyards on Northeast Ribbon Ridge Road will host Labor Day Wine Country Weekend, beginning 11 a.m. Aug. 31 and wrapping up 6 p.m. Sept. 2. Attendees can sample wines made at the estate as well as enjoy the views of the vineyard, while also picnicking. Those interested should register online at https://bit.ly/2TZzGHY.

Likewise, Styring Vineyards, also on Northeast Ribbon Ridge Road, will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 that will celebrate the opening of the winery's new tasting room. The first 100 people in attendance will receive a special toast as well. Styring will also be celebrating the release of its 2015 signature pinot noir, while also pouring several other wines from their portfolio. There is a $10 tasting fee that is refunded per purchased bottle.

Labor Day Weekend will also feature the third annual Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Explore Tour & Taste event. This will include special pre-harvest vineyard presentations, tastings, open houses and more. The events are generally from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tasting fees vary by location. Details and touring map are available at www.chehalemmountaings.org.

The Oregon Wine County Half Marathon is set for 7 a.m. Sept. 1, beginning at the Stoller Family Estate on Northeast McDougall Road in Dayton. The course ranges from the Dundee hills to downtown Carlton, and features wine at the finish line and a music festival. More than 20 local winemakers will be featured at the event.


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