World famous Pinot Noirs, crisp Chardonnays, and sweet Rieslings are just a taste of the dozens of varietals that Oregon has to offer. Let us worry about the driving and planning on this adventure through the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley. We'll visit three carefully selected vineyards, where you will partake in tasting flights and experience a behind-the-scenes view of viticulture. Between tastings we will also stop for lunch in the heart of wine country and if there is time, we will visit the Oregon Olive Mill, a premier purveyor of estate-milled Extra Virgin Olive Oil and home to the only Olioteca in the Pacific Northwest!
We will depart downtown Portland and make our way along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Route, past orchards, lavender farms and vineyards, to the famous Willamette Valley. The Valley is Oregon's leading wine region and is home to more than 500 wineries! It is recognized as of one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas of the world, and is often likened to France's Burgundy region. Throughout our drive out to the valley, your guide will share with you the history of Oregon wine production, the history of how our valley was formed and what makes its soil so perfect for our world famous wine grapes, as well as discuss the 6 different sub-appellations of the valley.
In the heart of the Willamette Valley, we will visit three carefully selected wineries and vineyards, where we will partake in winery tours, viticulture talks and wine tastings. The selection of wineries will offer sweeping views of the Cascade Mountain Range as well as stunning rolling hill vineyard vistas.
We will plan to visit one winery before lunch, then we'll pause for lunch at a local caf', and after lunch we'll make our way to two more wineries. If timing allows, we will also visit the Oregon Olive Mill, a premier purveyor of estate-milled Extra Virgin Olive Oil and home to the only Olioteca in the Pacific Northwest! At the end of the afternoon, we will bring you back to Downtown Portland, just in time for dinner!
The wine tastings fees at each winery are included in the price of the tour. You will have a chance to purchase wine at the wineries, and most wineries offer convenient shipping options straight to your home!