Tasting Tours Columbia Gorge
should I expect on a Wine Tour with your company?
guide will pick you up at your location and take you to a
selection of at
least 4 wineries in the Hood River/Columbia Gorge area.
-Each of our guides has lived in the Gorge for over 10 years
and has experience with each winery and the area.
-We will walk with you into the winery, tell you about the
growing region and the winery history, and go with you up
to the tasting bar to get you started with the day's flight
selection. We are happy to tell you about how to wine taste
if you are novice, and all the wineries here are casual and
friendly. We pay the winery's tasting fee for you and there
is no pressure to buy wine,
though if you enjoy one of the wines it's a good idea to pick
up one or two bottles as most wines are limited productions
and may be hard to find in stores.
you are looking for a certain type of wine or experience please
let us know before hand and we can tailor the trip for you.
often tour the Hood River Fruit Loop area with views of Mt.
Hood, Mt. Adams and the Columbia River. This route offers
great views and the wineries have a large selection of white,
rose, and red wines. The varietals grown here tend to focus
Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot's
and Zinfindels. One or two have some Pear Wines, sweeter wines
or Ice Wines.
also can tour upon request the Eastern Gorge area, which has
desert views and runs along the Washington side of the river.
The climate here is hotter and varietals tend toward the red
wines with Zinfandel, Cab's, Merlot's and some unexpected
finds such as Nebbilo and Moscato's. However both areas of
the Gorge share the grapes and each winery usually has some
whites, roses, and reds to try.
tours generally last 4-5 hours.
We have a large passenger van which seats up to 14 guests,
though we rarely take more than 6 guests per tour on a busy
We can do private tours on request, or if you have more than
8 people tours are always just your group.
summer months we have a gourmet cheese and salami platter
which you can have picnic style at one of the wineries.
We encourage you to sit outside, buy a bottle and enjoy the
Our tours are very casual and friendly, but if you haven't
taken a tour before here are some general guidelines.
Do eat a large breakfast before your tour. Each winery has
a lot of wine to try.
Do not be embarrassed about dumping a wine our spitting if
you don't like a wine or want to limit your intake.
This is an expected practice at the wineries.
Do ask questions to the guide or staff about the area and
how the wine is made.
Do drink plenty of water on the trip and know your limits.
(water provided in van)
Do bring your camera and take photos in the vineyard and tasting
Limit perfume/soap/lipstick as it does interfere with what
you can smell when tasting. Dress is casual.
Do stay overnight at one of the hotels in the area. We can
help you find a hotel in Hood River or The Dalles in your
budget and can recommend fun restaurants and nightlife.