If you live in the beautiful Portland, Oregon area and are are looking for something fun to do with your girlfriends for a little “girls day” or weekend away, a wine tasting adventure in the beautiful Willamette Valley might be the perfect answer! Less than an hour from downtown Portland, the gorgeous Willamette Valley boasts more than 250 wineries. The region’s small, quaint towns offer highly acclaimed restaurants and shopping as well as beautiful countryside landscapes to take in and enjoy. With so many options in play… where should you start your day?
With the farm-to-table craze all the rage, one fun option might be to grab your girlfriends and start your day at the bustling Beaverton Farmers Market where you can pick up a few items for a leisurely picnic at one of the beautiful winery destinations you will visit later in the day. With over 180 vendors, the marketplace offers a variety of tasty snacking options including beautiful produce, cheeses and meats and is well-known as one of the best Saturday markets in the state.
Heading southwest out of the city, Ardiri Vineyards is an outstanding option to start your sipping. Offering tastings from their local vineyards as well as from their vines in Napa Valley, you will enjoy the delight of side by side tastings from the two growing regions. This winery has been lucky enough to be deemed one of Oregon’s Top Wineries with a View and we certainly agree with that decree. It may be difficult to leave the cushy chairs and beautiful fire pit, but when you are ready to move on, we assure you there are plenty of other wineries to delight you as you continue your Willamette Valley Wine Tasting adventure!
Just a hop, skip and a jump down the road, A Blooming Hill Vineyard and Winery is a perfect 2nd stop! You are sure to meet their two wine dogs, “Gemini and Trouble”, who just may escort you to the tasting room. This winery offers award-winning red and white wine options, which paired with the beautiful view of Mt. Hood just may be convince you to pull out those picnic items an enjoy your picnic lunch at this beautiful venue.
These wineries are only a couple of options as the Willamette Valley offers a plethora of choices for your Portland wine tasting adventure. What more can a girl really ask for? Gather some girlfriends together and let us help you make the perfect wine tasting plan right her in your very own backyard!