Guided wine tours let you explore Willamette Valley vineyards and wineries, tasting to your heart’s content without worrying about driving. Sample your way through the region’s wines on custom trips based on your personal tastes. Seasoned wine experts are ready to make your pinot reverie a reality, and most will even pick you up! Start sipping.
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Wine tours near Portland
Grape Escape Winery Tours
The “escape artists” at Grape Escape use two decades of wine country know-how to craft private food and wine experiences. Take the scenic route and dig into carefully selected nibbles that showcase the best of wine country. Grape Escape’s public tours, offered 11 a.m.–5 p.m. most Saturdays, take small groups from downtown Portland to three wineries. The $95-125 cost includes transportation, food pairings and tasting fees. Private tours can be customized for groups large and small and matched to your budget and tastes.
If your love of wine compares to your love for the great outdoors, EcoTours is for you. The company’s day trips put a special focus on the environment and natural history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Birdwatchers can request a customized tour with stops to enjoy some nature-gazing along the way. Each tour features at least four wineries, plus tours of the winemaking facilities and a stop for lunch. The Willamette Valley Countryside Winery Tour departs Portland daily at 10 a.m.; $99 cost includes tasting fees.
Oregon Tour Co.
Oregon Tour Co. offers six-hour excursions personalized to your group’s tastes — no cookie-cutter routes or memorized speeches here! Visit large, award-winning wineries with incredible views or family-owned indie wineries where you can chat one-on-one with the winemakers. The $140 rate includes tasting fees at four wineries and a light picnic lunch. The Oregon Wine Tour is offered daily with downtown pickup at 11 a.m. and drop-off at 6 p.m.
Sea to Summit
Founded and operated by native Portlanders, Sea to Summit offers year-round Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge wine adventures. Explore the region’s greatest grapes from the comfort of customized 4×4 Fords and Mercedes Benz vehicles. The Willamette Valley Wine Tour runs daily from 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; $139 includes tasting fees at four wineries. Adrenaline-seekers will love the White Water Rafting & Columbia Gorge Wine Tour ($200). Start the day with an exhilarating trip down Washington’s White Salmon River then enjoy wine tasting around beautiful Hood River.
A Great Oregon Wine Tour
Want to learn what makes Oregon wines so special? Find out with A Great Oregon Wine Tour. Their day trips are often led by colorful wine expert Wayne Oppenheimer, aka the “Wizard of Wine.” Oppenheimer shares delightfully geeky facts about soil types, clones and vineyard management techniques, going way beyond Wine Appreciation 101. The Willamette Valley Wine Tour runs daily from 9 a.m–5 p.m. and visits 4–6 wineries; the $150 rate includes lunch but not tasting fees.
Great wine, great food and world-class olive oil — that’s the Wildwood Adventures recipe for a day of gourmet delights. The Discover Oregon Wines tour visits three carefully selected wineries plus the gorgeous Oregon Olive Mill in the Dundee Hills. Tasting fees, snacks and a stop for lunch (not included in tour cost) are also part of the $139 package. Offered at least once a week (more frequently during summer and fall), the tour runs from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
America’s Hub World Tours
Need a translator for your day of wine tasting? America’s Hub World Tours handles all the arrangements for translation services (currently available in Spanish, German, Mandarin, French and Italian). Stroll through vineyards and sample barrel selections at three curated wineries while nibbling on gourmet cheeses. The half-day Oregon Wine Tasting Tour runs daily from 12:30–6 p.m.; the $100 cost includes snacks and tasting fees. America’s Hub also offers a full-day Waterfalls & Wine Tasting Combo ($135) and a number of other wine tours.
Want to see the Willamette Valley in a totally new way? A helicopter wine tour with Konect Aviation will take your love of local wineries to new heights. Rise above the busy highways into the open skies and arrive at your drinking destination like a true VIP. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of lush vineyards and rolling hills departing from McMinnville, in wine country, or downtown Portland. Wine tasting tours last 3–4 hours and cost $269–$719, depending on duration, departure point and number of passengers.