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Guide to Willamette Valley Wine Country

Sep 13, 2010

Did you know the wineries in our region produces some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir?  Here are some facts you may not know about Willamette Valley Wine Country:

  • Oregon has over 300 wineries- Twenty wineries are situated here in Washington County (14 of which have regular tasting hours).
  • Oregon wines have gained international attention because of their delicate flavor and relatively low alcohol content.
  • Willamette Valley sits on the same latitude as France’s Burgundy wine region.
  • Washington County is the home of SakéOne, the only American-owned saké brew

To learn more about Oregon Wine- visit these resources and plan your own adventure!

Oregon Wine Board – www.oregonwine.org
Willamette Valley Visitors Association – www.oregonwinecountry.org
Willamette Valley Wineries Association – www.willamettewines.com

Check out this guide to local wineries from  Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA)

Apolloni Vineyards
14135 NW Timmerman Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 330-5946
www.apolloni.com

  • Family-owned winery started in 1999, specializing in traditional Pinot Noir and Italian-style wines
  • Follows the practices of the Oregon LIVE sustainable viticulture program
  • Open 12 noon – 5:00 pm Friday – Sunday (March – December) or by appointment

Cooper Mountain Vineyards
9480 SW Grabhorn Rd.
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 649-0027
www.coopermountainwine.com

  • Founded in 1987, first Pacific Northwest winery to embrace biodynamic viticulture (1999)
  • First Pacific Northwest winery to produce all wines from 100-percent certified organic and biodynamic estate-grown grapes
  • Three tiers of award-winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, plus Pinot Blanc and Malbec
  • Open 12 noon – 5:00 pm daily

David Hill Vineyard & Winery
46350 NW David Hill Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 992-8545

www.davidhillwinery.com

  • Fine estate wines and award-winning port made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer grapes; sparkling wine made in traditional French Champenoise style
  • 40 acres of some of the state’s oldest vines; tasting in historic 1883 farmhouse with sweeping views
  • Open 12 noon – 5:00 pm daily

Elk Cove Vineyards
27751 NW Olson Rd.
Gaston, OR 97119
(503) 985-7760

www.elkcove.com

  • One of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wineries founded in 1974; family-owned and operated
  • Produces single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc
  • · Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily except holidays

Helvetia Vineyards
23269 NW Yungen Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 647-7596

www.helvetiawinery.com

  • Grapevines planted in 1982; Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay wines produced
  • Visitor center and tasting room in 100-year old farmhouse of Swiss-German pioneer Jacob Yungen; display of Yungen’s original winemaking equipment
  • Open 1:00 – 5:00 pm Friday, 12 noon – 5:00 pm Saturday – Sunday

Montinore Estate
3663 SW Dilley Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 359-5012

www.montinore.com

  • 220-acre vineyard established in 1982; certified organic and biodynamic in 2008
  • Five estate-grown varietals: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muller-Thurgau
  • Open 11:00 am – 4:30 pm weekdays; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday – Sunday

Oak Knoll Winery
29700 SW Burkhalter Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 648-8198

www.oakknollwinery.com

  • First and longest operating winery in Washington County
  • Founded in 1970 by Ronald and Marjorie Vuylsteke, now operated by the family’s second generation
  • Award-winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling Gewurztraminer and Muller-Thurgau
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; weekdays until 6:00 pm May –  September

Patton Valley Vineyard
9449 SW Old Hwy. 47
Gaston, OR 97119
(503) 985-3445
www.pattonvalley.com

  • Hand-crafted, estate-grown Pinot Noir wines; certified sustainable farming practices used
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday – Sunday

Plum Hill Vineyards
6505 SW Old Hwy. 47
Gaston, OR 97119
(503) 359-1946

www.PlumHillWine.com

  • Family-owned winery producing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Rose wines
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (starting early 2009)

Ponzi Vineyards
14665 SW Winery Ln.
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 628-1227

www.ponziwines.com

  • Founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi, pioneers of the Oregon wine industry
  • Operated by second generation: Michel, Maria and acclaimed winemaker Luisa Ponzi
  • Renowned Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and White Riesling wines
  • Oregon LIVE Certified vineyards – the world’s highest standard for sustainable viticulture
  • Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; tours by appointment

Purple Cow Vineyards
52720 NW Wilson School Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 330-0991

www.purplecowvineyards.com

  • One of Washington County’s newest wineries producing just 500 cases per year
  • Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and unusual grapes such as Marechal Foch and Tempranillo
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday only

SakéOne
820 Elm St.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 357-7056

www.sakeone.com

  • The only American-owned saké brewery
  • Produces traditional craft saké, fruit- and herb-infused saké and specialty saké
  • Only producer of certified organic sake carrying the USDA organic seal
  • Leading producer of “Ginjo” (premium) grade saké in the U.S. under its Momokawa label
  • First company to bottle a new category of flavor-added saké under its Moonstone label
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; tours available at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm daily

Shafer Vineyard Cellars
6200 NW Gales Creek Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 357-6604

www.shafervineyardcellars.com

  • Begun in 1973 by the Shafer family as a solely grape-growing operation; winemaking since 1978
  • Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Muller-Thurgau wines
  • Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Tualatin Estate Vineyards
10850 NW Seavey Rd.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 357-5005

www.tualatinestate.com

  • Established in 1973 – one of the oldest vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley
  • Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, plus dessert-style Muscat and Gewürztraminer
  • Open 12 noon – 5:00 pm Saturday – Sunday (March – December)

By Appointment or Designated Days:

Alloro Vineyard
22075 SW Lebeau Rd.
Sherwood, OR 97140
(503) 320-5696
www.allorovineyard.com

  • Artisan producer of small production, handcrafted wines
  • Open to the public at Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays and by appointment

Ardiri Winery and Vineyards
35040 SW Unger Rd.
Cornelius, OR 97113
(503) 628-0955
www.gypsydancerestates.com

  • Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines, plus Pinot Blanc in 2009
  • Open by appointment

Beran Vineyards
30088 SW Egger Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 628-1298

www.beranvineyards.com

  • Limited production of handcrafted Pinot Noir from old vines
  • Open by appointment – please call for information.

Freja Cellars
16691 SW McFee Pl.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 628-0337

www.frejacellars.com

  • Boutique producer of fine artisan Pinot Noir wines
  • Open to the public at Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays only

Garden Vineyards
12960 NW Dick Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 547-9046

www.gardenvineyards.com

  • Wines available by e-mail request only
  • Open to the public at Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays and by appointment

J. Albin Winery
19495 Vista Hill
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 628-2986

·         Open by appointment only

Quailhurst Vineyard Estate
15031 SW Pleasant Hill Rd.
Sherwood, OR 97140
(509) 427-5132

www.QuailhurstWines.com

  • Award-winning Pinot Noir, Rose, white varietals and Pinot port wines made from French wine grapes with traditional French wine-making methods
  • Open to the public at Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays and by appointment

Portland, Oregon Named Best Tax City for Travelers!

Sep 13, 2010

Image Credit: Travel Portland

USA Today recently announced the results of a study commissioned by the National Business Travel Association that identified the best and worst “tax” cities for travelers in the U.S….and topping the list for Best Tax City? PORTLAND, OREGON!

The study looked at 50 U.S. cities with the most air passengers and calculated that travelers pay not only local sales taxes on goods and services when they go to a U.S. city, but up to 144% more each day they rent a car, stay at a hotel and dine.

Everyone knows this is the place to come for tax free shopping and enjoyment and we are proud to provide a great value to travelers- especially during tough economic times.

The study found that travelers in the worst tax cities pay up to $101 in sales, hotel, rental car and other extra taxes aimed at them on an average three-day domestic trip- but in Portland, Oregon a traveler pays the least amount of taxes — an average of $52.49.

Be sure to read USA Today’s Article Chicago is worst tax city for travelers; best: Portland, Ore. for more information.

The Grand Shopping Package is a Great Way to Experience Bridgeport Village Shopping

Sep 03, 2010

Whether you have some back-to-school shopping yet to do or want to get a head start on holiday shopping- Bridgeport Village  in Tigard Oregon just outside of Portland, Oregon and steps away from our hotel is a one of a kind shopping destination.

Our guests enjoy shopping in renowned stores and boutiques including Coach, Cole Haan, The Container Store, Crate & Barrel, Z-Gallerie, Eileen Fisher, Patrick James, MAC Cosmetics, Tommy Bahama, Under U 4 Men  (and much more) along with the first Coldwater Creek Spa and the largest Regal Cinema in the state — now with an IMAX Theater.

Reserve the Grand Shopping Package and you’ll receive a $25 Bridgeport Village gift card and gift with your stay. Hotel amenities include complimentary covered parking, hot breakfast buffet, indoor pool and fitness center and plasma televisions.

Still not convinced? Enjoy this video from our friends at Washington County Visitors Association

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