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Willamette Valley Tours and Activities

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Willamette Valley
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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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Willamette Valley

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Willamette Valley Wine Tour from Portland with Lunch

Willamette Valley Wine Tour from Portland with Lunch

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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.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$175.00
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Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland

Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland

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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.
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  • 6 hours
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$139.00
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Willamette Valley Wine Tasting from Portland

Willamette Valley Wine Tasting from Portland

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Experience the diversity of flavors out of the Willamette Valley on this wine-tasting tour from Portland. In a small group, wind through the verdant hills of Portland’s surrounding wine region en route to three select vineyards. Your tasting adventure includes unique wine flights, snacks and a behind-the-scenes look at local viticulture.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Willamette Valley Character Winery Tour

Willamette Valley Character Winery Tour

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We'll take you to 3 tasting rooms representing a variety of settings, wines, and personalities. Your wine industry-honed guide will introduce you to the Willamette Valley AVA while camaraderie develops among your small group. You will be wafted away to wine country while we provide you with background on the history, terroir, and character of Willamette Valley wine. Your guide will feel out the desires of your group in selecting among the 500 Willamette Valley wineries, and specific requests may be accommodated. We'll wander through the rolling hills of multiple Willamette Valley sub-AVAs, passing through charming little villages, while making stops at some of the most unique boutique wineries. You'll visit vineyards and tasting rooms that stand out, not only for the views and the character of their wine, but the intriguing personalities (both human and canine) involved. Lunch is included, tasting fees are not.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$145.00
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Exclusive Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Air Tour

Exclusive Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Air Tour

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** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS VERY WEATHER DEPENDENT AND MAY RESULT IN AN ALTERNATE ROUTING** This air tour is a summer favorite for people visiting Portland. We’ll fly you along the Sandy River up toward Mt. Hood, over the Mt. Hood National Forest with terrific views of the mountain on your right heading north toward the Columbia River Gorge. We will descend into the gorge with stunning views of the mountain and the length of the gorge toward Portland. We will fly past Multnomah Falls and other Gorge highlights rounding it all out for a private Columbia River Gorge tour to remember. This tour is truly a beauty and will permit countless photographic memories.
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  • 1 hour
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1-Hour Private Air Tour of Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge

1-Hour Private Air Tour of Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge

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Experience Oregon from the sky with this aerial tour above some of the state’s most dramatic scenery. This flight for up to three people will take you above the Columbia Gorge, over the Mt. Hood National Forest and back. Note that prices are for the entire plane ride, so bring a couple friends and make a day of it.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Air Tour of Multnomah Falls

Private Air Tour of Multnomah Falls

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Take in aerial views of Multnomah Falls, one of Oregon's most popular natural attractions, with this adventure flight over the Columbia Gorge. Board a small plane in Troutdale on the outskirts of Portland and fly into the waterfall-rich Gorge region, where you'll catch glimpses of Bridal Veil Falls and Wahkeena Falls along the way.
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  • 35 minutes
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Full Day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tasting Combo

Full Day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tasting Combo

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This tour is currently running on a modified itinerary due to a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge. Visit the top attractions on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge and 2 amazing wineries on this guided, Gorge/Wine Tour. Visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, viewpoints, Beacon Rock, and the Washington Shore Visitor Complex of Bonneville Dam. After lunch, we will visit 2 vineyards in the region for some amazing wine tasting and learn about the region history and culture as it has developed in the wine industry in the area. Discover the postcard-perfect scenery and great wines of the Columbia River Gorge during this flexible-length sightseeing trip from Portland. Gaze in wonder at the Gorge’s towering cascades including Multnomah Falls, enjoy the charming town of Hood River, and make stops at two local vineyards for included tastings. Round-trip hotel transport is also covered.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Silver Falls Outdoor Adventure

Silver Falls Outdoor Adventure

The first stop of the day will be at Willamette Falls. This  is a horseshoe-shaped block waterfall caused by a basalt shelf in the river bottom. The 42-foot-high and 1,500-foot-wide falls occurs 26 river miles upstream from the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River. It’s the largest waterfall by water volume in the Northwest and the 18th largest by volume. Around the falls are the locks, which are the oldest continuously operating multi-lift lock and canal system in the United States. Next we will make our way to Silver Falls State Park.  This area was settled originally by the Kalapuyan Indians. They most likely used the area for hunting, as well as for spirit quests. A small town was established in the Silver Falls area, although it was abandoned by the time the park was created in 1933. While you are here you will be able to hike part of the Trail of Ten Falls (approximately 3 miles, further if you are able) and some of the waterfalls you may see are: South Falls- This is the highlight of Silver Falls State Park, and due to its proximity to the city of Salem, is likely one of the most popular waterfalls in Oregon outside of the Columbia River Gorge. The falls are produced where South Silver Creek plunges 177 feet over a huge overhanging basalt cliff with a large pool occupying the bottom of the amphitheater. North Falls- The massive recess behind North Falls is especially unique and a favorite feature of visitors to the park. The undercut cliff extends back from the falls for at least 100 feet, and the ceiling runs anywhere from 20 to perhaps as much as 75 feet above the trail as it passes behind the falls. The huge size of the under cut chamber allows the roar of the falls to be amplified considerably, making the falls sound quite powerful. Twin Falls- During the wet season North Silver Creek splits into two channels and spills down an angled basalt ledge, creating two veiling curtains. Middle North Falls- This is a markedly amorphous waterfall which changes physical shape in a very dramatic way as the volume of water in North Silver Creek changes. The 106 foot tall falls take the form of a narrow column of water during the summer months, funneled to perhaps 5 feet wide at most by a narrow runnel in the bedrock.  Double Falls- Double Falls is the tallest waterfall in Silver Falls State Park – by a hair – and also the best of the handful of tributary waterfalls found along the Trail of Ten Falls. Drake Falls- Rumbles over a broad sloping ledge of basalt set in the middle of a fairly deep, narrow constriction in the canyon of North Silver Creek. Lower North Falls-  North Silver Creek produces the falls as it rumbles down a 30-foot tall dome-shaped protrusion of basalt and forms a large pool at its base. The domed shape of the falls inspired the nickname “The Thunderdome” among the whitewater kayaking community.  At the end of the day we will drop you at your downtown Portland hotel. 
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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