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The North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend is back! APRIL 9 & 10, 2011

Mar 07, 2011

North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend April 9 – April 10, 2011

Spend a weekend exploring wine country! Journey to 24 neighboring wineries located just minutes from Portland and experience a weekend full of wine, culinary samples, education and fun! From experienced wine lovers to novice wine tasters, the North Willamette Wine Trail has something for everyone.

On April 9 & 10 from 11am – 4pm, guests are treated to complimentary wine tastings, pairings, entertainment and activities at EACH participating winery. Taste a new release, reserve label or a barrel tastings while enjoying specially paired samples. Then, participate in a variety of activities at each location. In addition, Wine Trail guests receive a variety of discounts and offers from restaurants, hotels and other wine tour partners.

After reserving a ticket for the weekend, guests are treated to the following benefits at EACH participating winery:

• Complementary tastings! New releases, reserve labels, barrel tastings and much more
•Pairings! Paired samples from a variety of culinary collections carefully selected to enhance each wine.
• Activities! Tours, one-of-a-kind demonstrations and hands-on activities

Tickets are $45 and include a reusable wine tote filled with a commemorative wine glass, coupons, discounts and other items. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 and also include a wine trail kit (water bottle in place of the wine glass).

Tickets are available online and in participating tasting rooms. This event does sell out so reserve your tickets early. We look forward to seeing you on the North Willamette Wine Trail!

Make reservations now to stay at The Grand Hotel in Bridgeport and take full advantage of this weekend’s activities! Call us 866-968-5757 or visit our reservations page.

About The North Willamette Vintners
The North Willamette Vintners (NWV) represents the wineries located in, or immediately adjacent to, Washington County, Oregon. Together this diverse group of wineries shapes the northern gateway to Oregon’s wine country. NWV is dedicated to bring together, through constructive cooperation, the wineries in our region in order to advance the wineries’ mutual interest in increasing consumer awareness of the county’s wine industry through branding, promotional events and activities, and strategic alliances.

Featured Bridgeport Village Spotlight: Split Dine & Drink

Feb 08, 2011

The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport has partnered with Split Wine Bar at Bridgeport Village to give your loved one the most romantic Valentines Day evening you can find…so we decided to feature this local Bridgeport Village hot spot on our blog this week!

Customers appreciate their diverse menu and unique mix of small plates and handcrafted dishes made with local ingredients.  The dishes  pair quite nicely with their extensive wine list that features a range that will please the senses- no matter what the mood.

The elegant yet comfortable interior creates the perfect intimate space to enjoy a romantic Valentines Day dinner with your loved one.

Just For Valentines Day: The Suites for your Sweets Package! You would be hard pressed to plan a more romantic Valentine’s Day than dinner at Split Wine Bar  coupled with a one night stay in a luxuriously appointed Jacuzzi suite at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport.

The package includes:
$50.00 Gift Certificate to Split Wine Bar
Fresh Flowers
Gourmet Chocolates
Bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Cider
Late checkout
Please call: 866-968-5757 to reserve.

See Split Wine Bar in this Western Culinary Institute Split spot

Interpretive Panels Installed Along the Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route

Jan 03, 2011

Here is some recent news to share from our friends at the Washington County Visitors Association that road trippers and wine lovers will love!

Panels Provide a Glimpse into the Rich Agricultural and Pioneer History of Washington County

BEAVERTON, Ore.  – The first two of four new interpretive panels were installed this month along the Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route, a 50-mile driving tour, from Helvetia to Sherwood, through the agricultural and historical region of Washington County, Oregon. Each panel offers a quick lesson about the area’s history, and bridges the area’s history with today’s modern culture.

Located at the Old Scotch Church in Hillsboro, a history of Washington County interpretive panel provides a historical perspective about the earliest settlers in the area, from the Atfalati tribe of the Kalapuya Native Americans, to the arrival of early settlers Joe Meek, Joseph Gale and David Hill. The location is fitting, as Meek’s grave and headstone can be found in the church’s cemetery.

An interpretive panel that illustrates the rich agricultural history of Washington County is at the Smith Berry Barn, also located in Hillsboro. From the 1870s to present day, this panel provides a brief account of some of the area’s earliest farmers, as well as the site itself.

The Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route is an experiential tour through Washington County’s rural countryside, with opportunities to stop at the various attractions along the route: wineries, farms, pioneer settlements, wetlands and natural habitats. The route officially was launched in April 2009, and several projects have enhanced the site, including the installation of crop signs, created with the assistance of the Oregon Agribusiness Council.

Two additional installations of interpretive panels, which will explore the area’s natural and viticultural history, are slated for completion in 2011.

About the Washington County Visitors Association

The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) serves the region’s tourism industry by actively promoting Washington County, Ore., to travelers outside of the Portland Metropolitan area as a tourism destination for leisure, business and sporting events. Washington County is scenically situated between Portland and the Oregon Coast, and spans 727 square miles. The destination includes the growing communities of Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. For more information about the WCVA, visit www.yourwaytoplay or www.visitwashingtoncountyoregon, or call 503-644-5555.

Guide to Oregon Wine Thanksgiving Open House Events

Nov 23, 2010

Thanksgiving weekend is a very exciting time for Oregon wine lovers.  Each year, wineries and vineyards all over the region will open their doors to the public for special tastings and festivities.  We are best known for our Pinot noir,Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Pinot blanc.  This holiday weekend is a wonderful time to experience the many flavors and delight Oregon wine has to offer from more than 160 wineries and tasting rooms

To get the most out of your weekend, we recommend that you do a bit of homework first.  Research wineries, explore wine regions and download maps from the Oregon Wine Explorer and check out this guide to local wineries from  Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA).

Here are some other helpful resources to plan your wine tasting adventure:

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

We also recommend that you visit the vineyard’s site or contact them directly for information about their Thanksgiving Open House Festivities.  Here is a list of some of our local wineries for your convenience.  Please drive safe and enjoy your tour of Oregon Wine Country!

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

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

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