Since coming in at #1 on Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 wines in the world for 2014, the Ken Wright Cellars tasting room, located in a beautifully restored 1800’s train depot is a must-see. Other highlights include the old Carlton Firehouse – recently renovated into DePonte Cellars Tasting Room and event space, the very fine French restaurant Cuvee, and relaxingly refined Horseradish Wine & Cheese Bar. Interesting boutiques, restaurants and many more wine tasting rooms are found along the trim and tidy Main Street.
Only in Carlton is it possible to taste wines from every growing region in the state.
Extra refreshment can be found in the town’s award-winning local micro brews and traditional hard fruit ciders. The well respected Carlton Bakery is known for its decadent pastries that make use of Oregon hazelnuts, fruits and even locally-cured bacon. Its mouth-wateringly perfect baguettes are something to savor.
Carlton, only three short blocks in length, manages to pack in more gastronomy, wineology and hospitality than most cities ten times its size. Organic cheeses, fresh meats, piquant preserves, creative desserts, and artisan chocolates are all available right on Main. Once a rough-and-tumble logging town, Carlton is now the small but significant epicenter of the North Willamette Valley’s farm and wine scene.