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Winery Route Suggestions - Columbia River Gorge AVA

From the Rogue Valley to Dundee Hills, Oregon wine country is definitely on the global map--widely acclaimed and certainly well traveled. But for tippling road-trippers, discovery still awaits in the Columbia R. Gorge, on sun-plated ridges in the rain shadow of two volcanoes. Straddling the Columbia River beyond Washington's Underwood Mountain and in Oregon's Hood River Valley, you'll find the tiny Columbia Gorge AVA--a wine wonderland pocketed into a mere 40 square miles. Designated as an American viticultural area in 2004, more than 45 grape varieties grow here, nurtured by widely diverse soil types and microclimates, from lush forests to dry plateaus. But there's more to the terroir here than fertile ground for albarino and zinfandel. Here in the foothills near Hood River & Lyle, you'll discover a window into wine country's newest frontier and the deeper legacies of this region's Native American history.


Suggestions and routes may be combined or customized at will.  You may choose your wineries or winery route, or you may leave that up to us.  Select wineries/vineyards are below.  Other wineries are available.

There are about 20 available wineries/vineyards.  Taste and learn about wines from:

Columbia River Gorge AVA: Hood River

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Wines off the beaten path: Columbia River Gorge AVA; Lyle

The hills near Lyle, Washington, offer up rich vino and stunning views. These are boutique wineries situated as beautifully as any wineries in Washington, many with views down over the Gorge and the surrounding Cascades, making you think you're in the Mosel Valley in Germany.

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  • Syncline Wine Cellars

  • Cor Cellars

  • Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery

  • Memaloose/McCormick Family Vineyards

  • Klickitat Canyon Winery

  • AniChe Cellars - The winery is a family affair, with Rachael Horn making the wine, her husband, Todd Mera, serving as cellar rat, and their kids and in-laws involved in varying degrees. The family members generally pour five wines, and each one is served with a small bite, an indication of the family’s philosophy towards food-friendly winemaking. Best to do your tasting outside at one of the picnic tables, taking it slow, and enjoying the earnest vibes and spectacular Gorge views.

  • Tetrahedron Wines

  • Klickitat Canyon Winery

  • Jacob Williams Winery

  • Illusion Winery

  • Domaine Pouillon

  • Indian Pits Trail - (Native American History) - Your adventure begins where Washington Route 14 meets the barely marked turnoff at Old Highway 8. A mile up--just past Rowland Lake--spot the black mailbox and trail markers that flag the path known (unofficially) as Indian Pits Trail. Here, after a gentle climb, a volcanic scree field opens up, dotted with man-made, nest-shaped foxholes. A questing site for Native American communities, this field offered isolation for youth to fast, meditate, and seek spiritual guidance in their transition to adulthood. Pause here yourself, as hawks wheel overhead in a roofless sky. Catherine Creek's easy meadow walk is part of a trail network that connects with the Indian Pits Trail.

Alternate Adventure:

Wine isn’t the only reason to head east; while Portland catches cold (and rain), Columbia Hills Historical State Park’s wind-swept buttes still bask in sun. Just across The Dalles Bridge on WA 14, find climbing, birding, and miles of hiking, including the new Crawford Oaks Trail--along with protected petroglyphs that speak to the park’s cultural importance.

Wines off the beaten path in the Eastern Gorge: Biggs & The Dalles (3/4 or full-day tour recommended)

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  • Maryhill Winery - Most of the drive to Maryhill Winery (Goldendale, 9774 Lewis and Clark Highway [State Route 14]; 509.773.1976) is right up against the Columbia, all whitecaps and windmills, and then there’s the sudden appearance of Mount Hood. With the roaring river and the looming volcano, the atmosphere is prehistoric (except, that is, for the presence of other cars, multiple dams and fishermen in powerboats). The scene at Maryhill—perched on a bluff high above the Columbia—is something to behold, especially on an event weekend, when the tasting room bustles with happy wine drinkers. There’s also an amphitheater for live music performances; the seats overlook the estate vineyards and the river below. In addition, there is a bocce court, a gift shop and a terrace off the main winery, also with river views, where folks seem to linger for hours, eating food catered by The Glass Onion (Goldendale, 604 S Columbus Ave.; 509.773.4928; theglassonionrestaurant.com). It’s hard to blame them for lingering. This is a little wine lover’s paradise at the eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery

  • Erin Glenn Winery at the Mint

Large Group Wineries: (9+ ppl. & 20+ ppl.). Contact your concierge for details.

Wineries known to or believed to welcome large groups of 9 or more; appts are required.  Click on the winery to go to their website.

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Green = additional Lg. Group info.

Multi-Day Itinerary to Eastern Washington

  1. Yakima Valley - Red Mountain region

  2. Walla Walla wine region

(please contact us)

Combine a Columbia Gorge Wine Tour with our Columbia River Gorge Tour!

           
 

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