Most wineries are open and there's no better way to visit than by bike! - And few better ways to work off those calories.
The south end of the Eola Hills are picturesque and offer a good number of wineries.
There's also a bunch of wineries in the Waldo Hills and out south towards Ankeny. For a short-hop, Honeywood and Willamette Valley Vineyards are probably the closest to downtown Salem.
(Most of the wineries do have a tasting fee, but often refund it with a wine purchase.)
But wait, there's more!
Oregon also has a young cider industry, in many ways more authentically "early American" than wine, and one of the stars, Wandering Aengus, just got a nice notice in the New York Times.
One of their ciders was the #4 choice in a recent tasting report, "Dry Cider, an American Favorite, Rebounds."
Wandering Aengus is located in town, in the Fairview Industrial Park, and have in the past offered a discount for bicycling in.
(They're updating the website - "Please excuse non-functional links, error messages, and grammatical inaccuracies. They will all be fixed in due time." - so probably best to call beforehand to make sure they're open.)
EZ Orchards also makes cider, and both EZ Orchards and Wandering Aengus also had nice pieces on the Beervana blog.
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The local brewers should have a direct taproom presence downtown, so this will be a welcome addition to Ventis, Browns, Franklins, as well as Salem Ale Works and Gilgamesh and the others.
It's pretty great that right here, there's a full range of home-grown and festive beverages for the holiday table! Even if a visit to a tasting room isn't in order for the weekend, at area stores there are lots of great local options for Thursday's feast itself.