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Willamette Valley

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600 Reviews
Free admission
Oregon

The Basics

The Willamette Valley has long been celebrated by those in the know, though it didn't actually get American Viticultural Area (AVA) status until 1984. With multiple smaller AVAs and more than 400 wineries, the valley stretches hundreds of miles. Numerous wine tours depart from Portland for those who want to sample wines without having to worry about driving.

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Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland
Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland
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$139.00 per adult
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Great tour, great guide!
Heather our guide was so fun, very personable, and very knowledgeable! We had a group of 8 for this tour and everyone was so wonderful. The vineyard selection was great and vast. We would definitely do this again another time and would love to have heather join us !
Taylor_P, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

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Perfect September winery tour!
Olivia_G, Sep 2021
Willamette Valley Wine Tour & Lunch - For Private Large Groups
Six of us spent a beautiful September day in the Willamette Valley with Paul as our guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the wineries. We visited 3 very different wineries and stopped for lunch in Dundee. A fun day that we’ll always remember. Thank you Paul from your new Georgia friends.
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Great wine tour
Mary_C, Sep 2021
Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland
Heather was a wonderful guide. She knew a lot about the wineries and did a great job keeping us on schedule without being pushy. We had a good group and the wines were very nice.
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Best Columbia falls tour ever
kirk_l, Sep 2021
Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland
Excellent guide knowledge from our operator! I would use this same tour company again and would recommend them!
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Fun , social, great wine
Claire_M, Sep 2021
Willamette Valley Wine Tour from Portland with Lunch
Great transportation with a knowledgeable guide. Nice choice of 3 wineries. Good choice of wines without feeling like we were just there to drink. Easy to order wine and have it sent home. Fun day with a nice group of folks.
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Wayne is THE BEST!
Kathy_W, Aug 2021
Willamette Valley Wine Tour from Portland with Lunch
Wayne, our driver was very knowledgeable about wine and the winemakers of the area. We had so much fun!
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Willamette Pinot Noir Blanc
samit_c, Aug 2021
Willamette Valley Character Winery Tour
Had a great wine tasting experience. Marcus is an attentive, personable and knowledgeable guide and kept us engaged with information on wine and regional history. Tasted some very good wines and was great to meet some wine makers and walk among the vines. Had my first taste of pinot noir blanc!
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Fabulous
Tiffanie_J, Aug 2021
Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland
The tour was fantastic and our tour guide Heather was absolutely amazing! This is a must do for anyone looking for a wine tour of the Willamette Valley. The vineyards were breathtaking and the service excellent.
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Unforgettable wine tour!
Jena_o, Jul 2021
Willamette Valley Wine Tasting from Portland
My husband and I had a great experience on this wine tour. We went to 3 different wineries and had 5 samples of wine at each. The tour guides were knowledgeable and a lot of fun! If you love wine and want to learn more about Oregon’s wine country definitely take this tour!
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5/5 stars
Nolan_B, Sep 2021
Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland
Aaron was very knowledgeable and did a great job. The three vineyards that we visited were very enjoyable.
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The best day!
Kathryn_J, Jun 2021
Willamette Valley Wine Tasting from Portland
So fantastic! Malia was so informative, easy to talk with, knowledgeable and great at bringing a group together. The wineries visited were good and the timing of it all, was so relaxing and organic. The wines were delicious as well as numerous! I will definitely do this again when I come back to Portland and look to have Malia as my guide again.
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Willamette Wine Tour
Samantha, Mar 2021
Willamette Valley Wine Tour from Portland with Lunch
Wayne was an awesome tour guide. Very knowledgeable with a wonderful personality. The selection of wines were great. The views of the Willamette Valley were the perfect completion to an already great wine tour. I highly recommend this tour.
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Williamette valley wine tour beauty and wine
Dena, Sep 2021
Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland
Loved the views at tresori and Anne amie vineyard. Wine was good and service was excellent Did not like utopia. Wine service and views were not good

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Oregon has strict drinking-and-driving laws. There are plenty of tours and driving services for those wanting to go wine-tasting safely.

  • Most wineries charge a small tasting fee, which is often redeemable against purchases.

  • Always bring rain gear: The weather can turn at any time (and does).

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How to Get There

The Willamette Valley is the fertile stretch of land that flanks the Willamette River, from its confluence with the Columbia River south to Eugene, Oregon’s second-largest city. To reach the “wine country” part of the valley from downtown Portland, drive along Highway 99W. If you’re headed to wineries around Salem or Eugene, hop on Interstate 5 South.

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Trip ideas

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When to Get There

The Willamette Valley is best visited in late spring through autumn, when the weather is comfortably warm and relatively dry. Summers here are particularly pleasant: There’s lots of sunshine, but it rarely gets oppressively hot. Note that while the area can be charming just before Christmas, especially in and around small towns such as McMinnville and Newberg, many Willamette Valley wineries and tasting rooms close for winter.

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Beyond Wine

While wine is the big draw for most visitors to this region, there are plenty of teetotaler-friendly attractions in the area. The town of McMinnville is worth a visit for its good restaurants and old-timey feel, and there's a great indoor water park just outside town called Wings & Waves. The region also produces fabulous olive oil; stop by Red Ridge Farms near Dundee for a mill tour and lots of free samples.

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