Gorge Wine Adventures
– Fall in Love with Hood River Valley –
An enchanting two day Fall wine itinerary in bountiful
Hood River Valley, featuring high quality winery experiences,
outdoor adventures, delicious food; all with views to spare.
Columbia Gorge Wine Country> Hood River Valley:
Savor the Indian Summer of the Gorge a mere 60 minutes from Portland. This beautiful drive through the Columbia River Gorge offers waterfalls, rocky vistas and soaring mountain views.
Escape the norm, and discover the bounty within the largest National Scenic Area in the US. The scenic highway is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and continues to dazzle with awe-inspiring vistas around every corner. Known for it’s rugged beauty and rapidly changing countryside, a tour of the area will almost have you believing that time is standing still. Once you realize it hasn’t; you might just want to stay another day.
Begin your journey with the iconic Multnomah Falls, glorious in its fall foliage. Take exit 63 to Hood River’s west valley wineries and here’s where your wine adventure begins...
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Viento is Spanish for "wind," and was chosen to reflect the constant vibrancy of the wind and life in the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River, where winemaker Rich Cushman was born and raised. Established in 1986, Viento celebrates a legacy of practicing the art of winemaking with respect for tradition and our personal style, resulting in wines of balance, softness and wonderful flavors.
Photos: Sylvia FloresThanks to their unique Gorge location, Viento is able to create wines expressing the cool climate of the Columbia Gorge AVA such as Pinot Noir and Riesling. The warmer Columbia Valley AVA offer Zinfandel, Barbera and Bordeaux varietals. Viento also proudly offers sparkling and dessert wines. With it's modern industrial architecture, and friendly, knowledgeable staff, this stunning tasting room is a perfect starting point to begin your wine (and other) adventures in Hood River!
Barely a few miles past Viento is the entrance to 15 miles of intertwined mountain biking and hiking trails. Post Canyon is a densely forested network and offers a little something for everyone – technical, steep sections, and family friendly jaunts. Keep your eyes peeled - this is a local after-work spot.
Many riders have spent countless hours building stunts and trails throughout the area. Intense viewpoints are intertwined with the shaded wooded trails and river beds.
With such a breathtaking geologic and geographic area, the Gorge is capable of growing an incredible number of varietals, and Cathedral Ridge, showcases that wide range through 27 different award winning wines on their gorgeous park-like grounds.
Their focus is on big, bold, sensuous reds with an educational tasting experience. Memories are made here!
Located on the Hood River Golf Course, the Phelps Creek Tasting Room showcases wines produced from their nearby estate vineyard. Winemaker Alexandrine Roy makes special visits to Phelps Creek from her home in the Burgundy region of France to create these food-friendly and well balanced wines.
The vineyard sits at roughly 900-1200 feet elevation, in the rain shadow of Mt Defiance, an ancient extinct cinder cone within the Cascade Range creating a high elevation grape growing experience. The trans-oceanic team of Phelps Creek is committed to growing and making the finest Pinot Noir…and it shows.
Alocal and visitor favorite not just for the tastes but the location on the waterfront in Hood River. Seasonal and organic dishes can be found on their inventive menu for a true taste of the Gorge. Wood Fired Pizzas with unique toppings are their specialty, but the rest of the menu features house made pastas and regional wood fired cuisine.
Photos: Jen Jones
INSIDER TIP: Wine down Thursdays! Enjoy 20% off all bottles in house ! All wines on the menu are locally made Gorge Wines so extend your tasting trip to include lunch or dinner and try something new!Choose from cozy indoor, bar, or patio seating – the wall of windows will be sure not to disrupt your view either way, and a basket of blankets and heaters are ready to keep the chill at bay when the sun goes down.
This lovely, brand new, hotel is in a prime location – right on the south end of the Nichols Boat Basin – right on the water, and an easy 10 minute walk to Solstice Wood Fire Cafe and the Hood River Waterfront Trail and Park.
They offer free Wi-FI, free hot/cold buffet breakfast, free parking, fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub. Upgrade to a suite for river views, a separate living area, and a sofa bed and microwave!
INSIDER TIP: Please be advised that this new hotel is on a new street, and not all GPS devices are finding it. You can see the hotel from I-84, take exit 63 and turn right on 2nd st, right on Riverside Dr, right on 1st St, which becomes Nichols Parkway.
Take the trek from Hampton Inn to Tamanawas Falls, near Mt. Hood for a great morning hike. This trail is well shaded but the start climbs in elevation (gain 590') quickly enough to get your blood pumping and keep you warm. The trail starts 1/4 mile north of Sherwood Campground and parking is ample off the road.
An out and back trail, appropriate for all skill levels, which rewards you at the end with a large waterfall where Cold Spring Creek thunders over a 150’ lava cliff. A great place for a quick snack before you head back!
INSIDER TIP: This trail is family friendly and dogs are welcome, but the waterfall section can get quite slippery. If you want to venture behind the falls, tread carefully, and bring a good walking stick with you! Don’t forget to bring $5 cash to cover the Rec Pass.
Located on a Historic Century Farm, Mt Hood Winery is a spectacular place for a wine tasting and vineyard touring. You’ll be welcomed with genuine Gorge hospitality and sample award winning wines from a broad selection of both estate and locally sourced grapes. With over 15 different wines to choose from, there’s something for everyone here.
It’s a great location to enjoy a glass of wine. On a clear day you can sit outside on the patio in a comfy Adirondack chair with a bottle of your favorite wine and an appetizer plate, surrounded by stunning vineyard and mountain views.
INSIDER TIP: Be sure and try the 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, which was rated outstanding and earned a Double Gold medal, along with the Cole Danehower Award for Best Oregon Wine at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition. Mt. Hood Winery received its biggest award yet, by being named “2016 Oregon Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest.
Acomplete farm to glass operation – Wy’East has a vineyard, tasting room, and winery all on-site. All grapes are sourced locally – most within 4-20 miles from the tasting room...though the majority of wines found here are a product of the Estate vineyards.
Photos: Sylvia Flores
The tasting room staff is friendly, easy-going and informative - and usually there’s a family member on hand to share special insights!
541-386-1277 for more info
The Fruit Loop in the fall is a sight to behold. Foliage begins to turn in September and continues through the end of November. (Bonus – in the springtime, the blossoming hillsides are amazing!) Many growers in this area offer u-pick apples, pears, flowers, lavender and more.
INSIDER TIP: Check the dates for the Pear Celebration (typically in Mid-September) and the Apple Celebration (in October) for unique food offerings, farm stands, and fresh fruit for a unique wine pairing experience.
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301 Country Club Road
Hood River, OR
Phelps Creek Vineyards
1850 Country Club Road
Hood River, OR
Post Canyon Hike or Bike
A densely forested network of trails that offers a little something for everyone. Park at the Staging site and enjoy the trails your way!
Cathedral Ridge Winery
4200 Post Canyon Dr
Hood River, OR
Mt. Hood Winery
2882 Van Horn Dr, Hood River, 541-386-8333
3189 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 541-386-1277
Tamanawas Falls Hike
An out and back trail, which rewards you at the end with a large waterfall. 25 Miles from Hampton Inn toward Mt. Hood
Hampton Inn Hood River
1 Nichols Parkway, Hood River, OR 541-436-1600
Solstice Wood Fire
Cafe & Bar
501 Portway Ave, Hood River, OR 541-436-0800