Now in its 35th year, the International Pinot Noir Celebration is held the last full weekend of July in McMinnville, Oregon. The event offers Pinot noir consumers and industry members the chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of Pinot noir from around the world via a full schedule of seminars, walkaround tastings, winery tours, and unforgettable meals prepared by top Northwest chefs. With the exception of a vineyard and winery tour, the IPNC is held on the beautiful and historic Linfield College campus. McMinnville is an easy hour drive southwest of Portland in the heart of Oregon wine country. The IPNC offers three ticket options for guests to choose from: The Full Weekend (Friday-Sunday), Salmon Bake (Saturday evening), and the Passport to Pinot (Sunday afternoon). See below for more information on these ticket options.
The Full Weekend
FRIDAY MORNING TO SUNDAY NOON
JULY 23-25, 2021
Full Weekend guests arrive Friday morning for three days of tastings, seminars, vineyard tours, and meals. Throughout the weekend, guests have the chance to taste wines from 70+ Featured Wineries and the opportunity to meet and converse with the winemakers themselves. Highly regarded as one of the world’s finest wine events, the IPNC is also praised as a showcase for the Northwest’s famed farm-to-table cuisine. This year, more than 60 chefs from the region’s most revered restaurants will cook for IPNC guests over the course of the weekend.
The 2021 IPNC Full Weekend ticket includes:
2 Large Outdoor Tastings
Numerous Weekend Seminars
Friday Night Grand Dinner and Saturday Night Salmon Bake
A Vineyard Tour & Winery Lunch
An afternoon University of Pinot Course
An Array of Wine Related Activities and Small Format Tastings
Friday and Saturday Breakfast on the Patio
Sunday Sparkling Brunch Finale
Opportunity to Celebrate with over 70 International Pinot Noir Winemakers and 60 Northwest Chefs
Along with the winemakers, speakers, and chefs, it is the relaxing and festive atmosphere that sets the IPNC apart from all other wine events. Whether tasting Grand Cru Burgundy or walking through Oregon vineyards with the grower who planted them, guests find themselves unwinding in picturesque Oregon wine country for what Eric Asimov, wine writer for the New York Times, describes as “one of those rare wine gatherings that works on every level”.
JULY 24, 2021
A long-standing tradition of the IPNC, the Salmon Bake dramatically showcases wild salmon roasted on alder stakes over a huge custom-built fire pit. Bask in the warm glow of a lantern lit Oak Grove where cellared Pinot noir and wines from around the world will accompany an extravagant outdoor buffet designed by local chefs, followed by an extraordinary assortment of hand-crafted desserts. After dinner, relax to music and dancing under the stars.
The majority of Salmon Bake tickets are reserved for Full Weekend ticket holders. A limited number of a la carte Salmon Bake tickets will be made available in the spring.
Passport to Pinot
JULY 25, 2021
A condensed version of the IPNC, the Sunday Passport to Pinot offers guests a chance to taste wine from our 70+ Featured Wineries! The Passport to Pinot takes place in the beautiful Oak Grove of Linfield College, a wonderful setting for this relaxed outdoor tasting. In addition to over 70 wineries, 15 local Northwest chefs will be preparing culinary treats to pair with your Pinot. Unlike the Salmon Bake, the Passport to Pinot is not included for Full Weekend Guests. It is considered a separate event from the Full Weekend festivities and attracts a separate crowd of 500 Pinot noir fans.