Bravo is known for being all about the wine, and the final episode of Top Chef was no exception. Host Padma Lakshmi kicked off the show at Willamette Valley Vineyards, which is where the final two amateur cooks put their dishes to the test. The contestants were paired off in teams of two and, after a seven-course meal, they were left to decide who would be declared a winner.

Bravo’s top chef, Tom Colicchio, and wine expert, Eric Ripert, hosted a party on Willamette Valley Vineyards grounds on Wednesday, May 17. The event was an exclusive wine tasting for the Top Chef finale episode and it was the perfect venue for this party for the show’s host, Thomas Colicchio. Bravo had the entirety of the vineyard to themselves on a beautiful spring day, and the two chefs were in full chef attire, as was the case during all of the episodes of Top Chef.


July 1 – (Turner, OR) – Willamette Valley Vineyards, Oregon’s premier Pinot Noir producer, will host the finale of season 18 of Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning Top Chef.

Presenter Padma Lakshmi announced in episode 13 of Bravo’s Top Chef Portland that finalists Dawn Burrell, Gabe Erales and Shota Nakajima will travel to Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon’s famed wine country to create the best four-course meal of their lives.

Willamette Valley Vineyards joins the ranks of Top Chef final locations such as Tuscany, Italy (season 17); Macau, China (season 16); San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (season 12); Sentosa Island, Singapore (season 7); San Juan, Puerto Rico (season 4); Waikoloa Village, Hawaii (season 2), etc.

We are honored to have been chosen as the filming location for Bravo’s newest Top Chef Portland show, which highlights the best food Oregon has to offer, said Winery Manager Christine Clair. So far it’s been a great season; they’ve really managed to capture the essence of Oregon and its culinary treasures, Claire continued. It’s an exciting time for Oregon, and it’s just great for our winery to be a part of it, especially in this difficult year for the restaurant and culinary industry. This show could not have come at a better time.

For the first time in Top Chef history, the culinary competition featured a rotating elite panel of winners and all-star finalists, including Richard Blais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourde, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, Dale Talde and Brooke Williamson. They were joined by presenter Padma Lakshmi, senior judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons. They are all at the judging table in the tasting room at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Salem Hills to choose the winner of season 18.

During the season, the famous Hood River Fruit Loop, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon’s Mount Hood region, Tillamook Bay, Tualatin Valley, and Willamette Valley wine country were explored, ending at Willamette Valley Vineyards, known for its stunning views of the vineyards and valleys and 65-foot high observation tower.

Top Chef is produced by Emmy Award-winning production company Magical Elves with Casey Creeley, Joe Sharon, Donin Arquinez and Hilary Olsen as executive producers. Top Chef airs on Thursdays at 8:07pm on Bravo. Top Chef episodes are also available on, the Bravo app and through permission-based video-on-demand services.

Through the vineyards of the Willamette Valley

Founded in 1983 by Jim Bernau with the dream of producing world-class Pinot Noirs while being a steward of the land, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title of one of America’s Greatest Pinot Noirs from the magazine. All vineyards are certified to the LIVE (Low Impact Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon-Safe programs.


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