Wine experiences in the Pacific Northwest

Stef Zisovska
 
Vineyard at sunset

The Northwest of the country is famous for its incredible wine selection. If you like your traveling to have a special touch instead of just driving around without a goal, then maybe checking Washington and Oregon wines is the next perfect getaway for you and your loved one. Here are some of the best wine experiences in the Pacific Northwest.

Willamette Valley Hot-Air Balloon Tour

Hot air balloon

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the state’s largest winemaking region with over 200 wineries in the area. Pacific Peaks Balloons operates from April to October when you can book a tour and roll the green hills of Oregon. After admiring the view from above, drive 30 minutes to get a different perspective on the landscape with a tour of the area’s eco-friendly winery Stoller Vineyards. The techniques used to make its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here are energy efficient and the entire facility has an earth-friendly design that gained the Gold LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.

Rogue River Dinner Rafting Trip

White wine

Rogue Valley in Oregon is the southernmost wine-making area in the state. The region is also known for its unique river experiences that can turn your wine country weekend into a wild and wet adventure. Superb fishing and river rafting trips is what Rogue River offers to everybody that comes here. In fact, one of the greatest Hollywood stars of all times, Clark Gable, was one of the most frequent visitors in the area because of the best fishing conditions.

Orange Torpedo Trips offers a dinner float that takes riders through Hellgate Canyon accompanied by local wines. After the riverside relaxing, take a personalized tour with Back Roads Wine Tours and visit some of the area’s 16 wineries including Eden Vale and RoxyAnn Winery.

Gourmand’s Tour of Walla Walla

Vineyard

The Walla Walla Valley in Washington extends to Oregon, and it’s one of the most famous wine regions in the country. The region has 90 wineries to choose from, so you’ll have a challenging task in front of you. Join up with the Walla Walla Bed and Breakfast Inns Association for a Gourmet Getaway that combines cooking classes with a stay at any of the area’s top inns. While visiting the town, you can stop by at one of the wine-tasting rooms and treat yourself with a glass of the finest wine in the country.

Yakima Valley by Horseback

Horseback riding

Washington’s Yakima Valley is the perfect place for those who like horseback riding. Exploring the vineyards with on a horseback and make few stops in the wineries along the way sounds like a perfect plan for a Pacific Northwest getaway. Cherry Wood Bed and Breakfast offers comfy beds and outdoor showers where you can relax after your long day tour and help you relax and recharge your batteries for the next day adventure.

Wine and Music in the Columbia River Gorge

Wine and shrimps

The Columbia River Gorge wine region spreads in Washington and Oregon, following the riverbanks of the second largest river in the States, the Massive Columbia River. If you’re in Oregon, you can drive the 35-mile Fruit Loop from Mount Hood through pear orchards and vineyards on the both sides of the river. When you get tired of driving, stop and sip some Pinot Noir at Phelps Creek Vineyards or Cathedral Ridge Winery. If you are in Washington and visiting during the warm months, stop by at Maryhill Winery for a live concert in the 4000-seat amphitheater.

The Pacific Northwest is waiting for you to explore its stunning landscapes and tastes its good-quality wines. Good luck!

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