Portland Must-Do Activity: Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour
While Portland is known for its vibrant craft beer scene, the city is also located within close proximity to some of the best wine-tasting opportunities in the region. The Pacific Northwest is quickly earning a strong reputation as being a top producer of some of the nation's best wines. You can lean into this culture by booking a wine tasting tour when you are in the area. A Willamette Valley wine tasting tour belongs on your bucket list of things to do in Portland.
Why Book This Tour: A Willamette Valley wine tour takes you out of the hustle and bustle of Portland and transports you to a lush landscape in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Participants will enjoy round-trip transportation and the opportunity to try wines from the best wineries in the region.
Each tour will visit three of the most acclaimed wineries in the valley. Possible options include Erath Winery, Stoller Family Estate, Montinore Estate, Colene Clemens Vineyards, and more. While at the wineries, you will sample a wide range of varieties, ranging from bold reds to crisp whites.
Logistics of Tour: A luxurious Mercedes sprinter van will pick you up directly at your hotel around noon for four hours of wine-tasting fun. There are a number of downtown area hotels that this tour serves. Your tour guide will provide you with a host of interesting facts about the area and the wine industry as you ride past the lovely towns of Forest Grove, Sherwood, and more on your way to the Willamette Valley and its famed wineries.
Every tour is limited to no more than 10 participants, ensuring an intimate afternoon. In addition to the wine tasting and round-trip transportation, the price includes light snacks and a professional guide to teach you more about the wines that you will be enjoying. This tour is also a great way to learn more about the relationship between the soil, elevation, and climate of the valley and how these ingredients produce such delightful wine.
While you must be 21 years old to consume alcohol on the tour, anybody is welcome to join in on the fun.
About the Willamette Valley: The Willamette Valley is known for its rolling hills, lush greenery, and moderate weather. While it is still a hub of agricultural production for nurseries and orchards, the valley is now also known for its grape growing. Because of the cool climate, the valley is able to produce winning varietals such as the popular pinot noir. You will enjoy the sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains in the distance as you sip your premier wine.
Booking a wine tasting tour is one of the best ways to make the most out of your time in this gorgeous corner of the country.