Highlights / General details
Today we set out to explore two of the greatest attractions of the Pacific Northwest – the Columbia Gorge and Oregon wines! Learn the ins and outs of the gorge while spotting for wildlife and hearing tales of historic grandeur, before visiting boutique wineries for sipping and learning about the art of viticulture.
Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Portland Hotel.
Travel in adventure-outfitted luxury Mercedes Van or Crossover
Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide and commentary.
Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour.
All wine tasting fees.
Hours of operation
Available: Monday, Thursday, Saturday; Departs at 1:00pm. No tour departures on: Christmas Day, New Years Day, 26 Nov 2015, 24 Nov 2016, 4-10 Jan 2016, 2-8 Jan, 2017.
Tour is approximately 6 hours.
We are able to pick up at any Downtown hotel or location that is within the oval created by Interstate 5 and Interstate 405.
We begin mid-day on our journey, heading east from Portland toward the spectacular Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. As we travel along the mighty Columbia River we will be on the lookout for Bald Eagles and Osprey, while admiring the towering basalt cliffs and other fascinating rock formations formed when the now tame River cut it’s way violently through the Cascade Mountain Range. On a clear day, white-cloaked volcanic peaks loom over us like sentinels guarding the majestic landscape.
We will drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway, where you are greeted at nearly every bend of the road with another breath-taking view. Here we can take in a few of the 70 waterfalls found in the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, including the second tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Opportunities for hiking, splashing, and photography abound, as trails to, under, and around these natural beauties provide ample access for every kind of adventurer. As we continue heading east, the wet forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest give way to Garry Oak, Ponderosa Pines, and other more arid vegetation, creating prime growing conditions for grapes. Nearing the town of Hood River we will embark on a tour of a few local wineries, each one unique and charming in its own way, and of course sample some of the boutique wines found only here in Oregon. The weather, views, and wines make for an unparalleled vineyard experience.
While we are between wineries your guide will tell the story of the land, both natural and cultural history, so that with each sip of wine you can begin to understand and experience a little more how the forces that shaped this incredible landscape have also shaped the wine in your glass, creating a terroir that can only be found in this secluded paradise. Some of the wineries we may visit include Marchesi, Hood River Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge, Wy’East Vineyards and Pheasant Valley. After our fill of excellent wines, it is back to Portland in time to enjoy the sites and sounds of the city!
Children must be at least 6 years of age to participate.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**