Wine Tours of the Columbia River
Gorge & Columbia Valley AVAs (CGWR)
(Oregon & Washington State)
"Columbia River Gorge
really specific, little tucked away corner of the world. Pinot Noir;
Merlot; Cab's; Syrah's; the most haunting and brilliant and
thrilling and subtle and ancient wines on the planet." ***
The view from Mistral Ranch
Family Vineyards), courtesy of
"One hour from Portland,
America's most unique AVA features
double volcano views of Mt Hood and
Mt Adams, wild beauty, traffic free touring, relaxed tasting rooms
and European style white and
French, Italian and Spanish
traditional winemaking techniques or
the winemakers produce anything
from Alberiňo and Zinfindel
(11%) to Syrah (9%) and Merlot (6%) to Pinot Noir (31%) and Chardonnay
(8%) and 37 other varietals. It's like traveling a "World of Wine in 40 miles".
Some terroirs speak in
gradations of nuance, Burgundy for instance. The Gorge is the
opposite. As one races from sea level to alpine heights and moves from
rainforest to desert
with extreme geographic & climate changes; there is an amazing diversity
of grapes grown here. Nearly any expression of wine is possible. The
Gorge wineries are an exploration of the expressions of Gorge wine.
The Hood River Valley is
eerily similar to the Napa Valley of 70 years ago, cooler, and filled
with orchards before the vineyards came. The Columbia Gorge is a
potential paradise for wine production."
The Dirt on Oregon AVAs
Guided Tours offered:
Starting at the west side of our Columbia
Gorge AVA (near Hood River) and heading east, rainfall diminishes
almost one inch per mile while sunshine increases dramatically. Great
to know heading into the colder seasons!
4-Hour Tour (standard
with Hood River area pickup) - Our most popular tour length, in which you
will probably visit between 3-5 wineries with a Hood River area pickup
location. The fun & frivolity usually starts
around 9:30am or 2pm and returns around 1:30 or 6pm; but customized tour
times are possible.
6-Hour Tour (standard with
Portland area pickup) - Our longer tour, in which you will probably visit
between 3-5 wineries with a Portland area pickup location or 4-7 wineries
with a Hood River pickup. The fun & frivolity usually starts around 11AM
and returns around 5pm; but customized tour times are possible.
8-Hour Tour - This tour offers
your group a more relaxed afternoon or you are able to visit more wine
country wineries, a combination tour with the Columbia R. Gorge or Mt.
Hood or a custom tour. Your group will probably visit between 5-7 wineries
with a Portland area pickup location. The fun & frivolity
usually starts around 10AM and returns around 6pm; but customized tour
times are possible.
Bonus: Traveling to Hood River there
are at least 2 highly recommended bonus stops to enjoy. First is Multnomah
Falls (about 30 minutes), and the 2nd is Mitchell Point Viewpoint
You may view the
sheet for service/rate options. When you ring to make your
booking, just let us know what your tour requirements (interests) are and
we will do the rest for you.
Or for details & questions, contact us at 503-969-4370 or 1-877-692-4283 or email us at
*** Paul Giamatti
(the movie Sideways, italic words added)
Hood River Pickup Location:
For the standard 4 hour option, we estimate they will get to 3-5 wineries
with lunch option. For 6 hours, 4-7 wineries. We can supply a picnic lunch
at additional cost, otherwise some of the wineries offer food.
HOOD RIVER PICKUP LOCATION
UP TO 4 HOURS (STANDARD)
UP TO 6 HOURS
UP TO 8 HOURS OR IN COMBINATION
WITH A COLUMBIA R. GORGE TOUR OR MT. HOOD
For 2-3 ppl, total cost is the same as the 4 person tour. For
1 person tours; a 10% discount applies, or $360. Senior & Child discounts
Tour cost includes the complete full-service tour;
including the vehicle, driver/guide, door to door service, with the entire
planning/preparations and lunch concierge needed for your tour.
Water & ice are on-board for everyone and is
complimentary. Meals/snacks (Lunch)
& wine tasting fees or facility tour fees (as applicable) are at
additional cost. Pricing does not
include the recommended 20% driver/guide gratuity. All-inclusive packages
are available, which would include the tasting fees, lunch and/or
driver/guide gratuity; please inquire. We also offer hourly rates
for our basic service; vehicle & driver only; which is typically less
costly for groups of about 7 ppl or more; please inquire.
**For more than 16 ppl., we
would be using 2 vehicles. Please inquire about groups larger than 22. We
travel in sedans, limo
or limo/party bus.