Willamette Valley Tours

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A short jaunt southwest from downtown Portland, the Willamette Valley is known by wine lovers worldwide for its delectable pinot noirs, often produced in small batches. This picturesque region is also dotted with tasting rooms and is a popular spot for wine-tasting excursions from Portland.
 
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. 
 
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).
 
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.

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.
 
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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Willamette Valley Wine Tour from Portland with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the beauty and bounty of Willamette Valley wine country on this full-day tour from Portland. Perfect for all level of wine enthusiast – from newcomers to connoisseurs – this 7.5-hour trip offers the insight of expertly trained guides and visits to 3-5 vineyards to sample unique varietals including renowned pinots, chardonnays and rieslings. Tasting fees are not included.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Willamette Valley Wine and Waterfalls Tour

Oregon is known for its natural beauty and its burgeoning wine country; this small-group tour lets you experience both. See two towering waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park and then sip pinot noir and other varietals in three scenic, boutique, vineyards. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal lunch at Coelho Winery, and Avoid the hassles of driving and navigating. Learn about Oregon’s wildlife and insights on viticulture from your naturalist guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$199.00
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Wine Tour of Willamette Valley with a Personal Sommelier

Visit boutique wineries in Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley with a WSET-certified sommelier as your guide. Enjoy the picturesque scenery as you sample wines at three or more wineries. Your sommelier is on hand to tell you about each wine you taste and to help you diversify your wine collection. This semi-private tour is limited to six people and includes tastings, hassle-free transportation, charcuterie, and more.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$159.00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Wine Tour of Willamette Valley with a Personal Sommelier

Explore Willamette Valley wineries in style with a 6-hour luxury wine tasting tour for your private group of 7 to 15 people. Visit a series of handpicked wineries for tastings coordinated by a certified sommelier, have a gourmet picnic lunch, and get a personalized introduction to Oregon wine terroir, with round-trip transport from Portland.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$209.00
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

Experience highlights of the Portland area on this full-day sightseeing tour, including the blossoming food cart culture, diverse neighborhoods, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the unspoiled beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Immerse yourself in a guided tour of Portland’s fascinating history and quirky contemporary culture.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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US$105.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland

Experience the best of Willamette Valley wine country on a guided wine-tasting tour from Portland. With a small group of fellow wine lovers, spend half a day visiting three handpicked wineries such as Colene Clemens Vineyards and Montinore Estate. Meet local vintners and sample award-winning varietals while marveling at Oregon’s stunning countryside.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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US$100.00
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting from Portland

World-famous Pinot Noirs, crisp Pinot Gris, and fruity Pinot Blanc are just a taste of the dozens of wines that Oregon has to offer. On this adventure through the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley, we’ll visit three carefully selected wineries. Guests will partake in tasting flights and experience a behind-the-scenes view of viticulture. Between tastings, we will stop for lunch in the heart of wine country.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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US$139.00
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Portland's Art District Food Tour

Eat your way through the trendy Alberta Arts District with this walking food tour. Not only will you get to try treats from local eateries and food carts that line this hip neighborhood, but you'll also get to learn all about Oregon Pinot Noir from a local winemaker. A maximum group size of 12 keeps this guided tour feeling intimate.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$84.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Dundee Hills Luxury Wine Tour

Escape the city for a day of wine-tasting in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Set out from Portland for the Dundee Hills, traveling in a comfortable private vehicle to several wineries. In between winery visits, you will be able to enjoy lunch (with a $10 credit per passenger). When you are complete with your winery tours, you will return to the city. This private tour includes round-trip transport.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$400.00
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