Stumptown Magazine has some colorful articles about Portland Culture. And here’s more advice on toodlin’ down to Dundee Wine Country!
Tried to tour the Dundee Hills wineries the day after Thanksgiving. Over 160 wineries were open, most only open to the public for drop-in that one day.
Happily I was the designated driver of a rental van full of 5 adults and 2 very patient youngsters.
In 5 hours we covered 4 vineyards!
Tastings run about $15, and you get a souvenir glass, and snacks. Number of pourings depends on the vineyard
Starting with Duck Pond in Dundee:
No ducks. No pond. Absolutely beautiful grounds and a nice gift shop with non-alcoholic drinks for the kids.
Next stop: Red Ridge – Between Dundee and Lafeyette
It’s a nursery, with a garden shop, and they are now pressing their own olive oil. In addition to wine tastings from neighboring vineyards, they had an olive oil tasting as well. Gorgeous views, and a nice deck looking over the hills. I bought an adorable button fern. They sell an eclectic selection of medicinal herbs as well.
Vista Hills Vineyard – Dayton, OR
We seemed to stay longer as the tour progressed. Vista hills is surrounded by trees, overlooking the hills, of course. They have a huge deck with a view, and an outdoor fireplace downstairs. We packed lunch in Portland and stayed here to eat. Apparently, at a nearby vineyard, you can rent horses and sign up for a tour of vineyards by horseback.
Belle Pente is open by appointment only. Glad we stopped by for the tasting. More amazing views, and a pen of chickens and geese.