Sampling sips in the Willamette Valley

While vacationing in Oregon this summer, I decided to treat myself to something I’d always wanted to experience: a wine tour. It always seemed a little bit too bourgeois for me to drop $100+ on a day of wine tasting (tasting–not even drinking), but I figured if there was any time to do it, this was it. Besides: the $140 price tag gets you transportation to and from the Valley, to all wineries, most tastings, and lunch. After weighing the pros and cons, we decided a splurge was in order, so we booked a tour in the Willamette Valley with Backroads Wine Tours and let our tour guide for the day, Jeffrey, lead the way.


What followed was a day of rolling hills, grape-lined vineyards, fresh lavender, stunning views, and of course, rich wines. From the upscale Alexana to the crowd favorite Harper Voit, our guide selected tastes for everyone in our group, and managed to please the entire, mish-mashed bunch. From sweet rieslings to dry Chardonays, to deep Pinot Noirs (several from the famed 2011 vintage), our sips kept us smiling.

Throughout the day, it was hard not to get swept away in the natural beauty of the region. Jutting, sky-kissed mountains in the distance made the valleys of Oregon’s Wine Country seem less like earth and more like a hideaway. I’m not sure when, but mark my words: one day, I’ll be back.


To sample what we tasted, check out the following:

Alexana Winery
Saffron Fields Winery
Trisaetum Winery
Harper Voit

All in all, our day in the Valley was magical, and I am officially head over heels in love with Oregon Pinot Noirs. I suggest you book a flight to Oregon immediately and fall in love yourself.





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