Willamette Valley Wine Trail
Highlights / General details
On this half-day quest, visit three award-winning wineries that deliver on elegance but leave the pretense at the door. Tour the wineries and taste fine wine, while learning about the art of viticulture from an expert guide and sometimes the winemakers themselves. You’ll clean your palate with local cheese and charcuterie, and travel through your day in a plush bio-diesel-fueled Mercedes van.
Red Ridge / Durant:
Having grown wine grapes for almost 40 years, the Durant family knows just what is needed for a superb wine tasting experience. The wine produced from their on-site vineyard is unbelievably good, but Red Ridge Farms is definitely a “destination for the senses”. Sustainable farming practices add to the appeal of Red Ridge Farms, but the lavender fields, olive groves, plant nursery, and breathtaking views all contribute to the sense of being a world away from daily life.
Boasting that dirt, clones, and people matter, WillaKenzie Estate can back up their claim. Proof is in the fact that their name is taken from the marine sedimentary soil that the winery was built on. The sustainably grown fruit produced by this family owned winery combines traditional, old world Burgundian style winemaking with new world, Cascadian Pinot grapes. The combination really captures the experience of WillaKenzie in a bottle.
Cathedral Ridge Tasting Room:
The Pacific Northwest’s diverse climate lends itself to producing an equally diverse range of wines. Located in the dramatic Columbia Gorge, Cathedral Ridge is able to produce everything from a light and floral Pinot Gris to a dark and smoky Zinfandel. This is a perfect stop to highlight the different wine growing regions of Oregon and the unique qualities of the 16 different AVAs in the state.
The staff at Rex Hill knows the importance of the history of a place as well as of a wine and demonstrates it well. Upon entering the winery, you can see the original tunnels which carted drying racks years ago, but you’ll also see the all the latest winemaking tools: French oak and stainless steel barrels, wine presses, an in-house laboratory and bottling line, temperature controlled fermentation and blending tanks, and a state of the art cross-flow filter. The essence table and soil displays show that the process of tasting is as much a part of the experience as the process of making the wine.
Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Portland Hotel.
Travel in adventure-outfitted luxury Mercedes Van or Crossover.
Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide and commentary.
Exclusive winery tours and Wine tasting.
Hours of operation
Available: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday; Departs at 1:00pm. No tour departures on: Christmas Day, New Years Day, 26 Nov 2015, 24 Nov 2016, 4-10 Jan 2016, 2-8 Jan, 2017.
Tour is approximately 5 hours.
We are able to pick up at any Downtown hotel or location that is within the oval created by Interstate 5 and Interstate 405.
Participants must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid ID.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**