A Wine Tasting Itinerary in the Columbia Gorge
Featured October 2019
The Columbia Gorge is perhaps the most visually stunning winegrowing region in the United States.
Starting about sixty miles east of Portland, the Columbia Gorge AVA spans both sides of the Columbia River. On the north shore, the Washington wineries are able to grow over thirty different wine grape varietals thanks to a combination of warm weather and cooling winds.
As a wine tourist to the gorge, you'll enjoy a traffic-free world of beautiful wines and stunning views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River, historic waterfalls, and riverside vineyards. Hood River and The Dalles on the Oregon side and Stevenson and White Salmon on the Washington side all serve as the hub for your adventure. With visits to the three Featured Wineries on this tasting itinerary, you'll experience the best this winegrowing region has to offer!
4 Hours From Seattle | 1 Hour from Portland
The Columbia Gorge is located 4 hours southeast of Seattle, best accessible through I5 and I84.
The Columbia Gorge boasts 26 wineries. We've selected three of the best for members to taste free at in October 2019.
Dozens of Vacation Rentals
Stay in nearby Hood River or The Dalles for easy access to amazing restaurants and shops.
Featured Columbia Gorge Wineries
WineryHunt Washington club members enjoy waived wine tastings and 10% discounts at the following Columbia Gorge wineries in October 2019!
Syncline Winery's estate vineyard, Steep Creek Ranch, sits on a southern slope on the very eastern edge of the new Columbia Gorge AVA. Directly west of the vineyard and winery is a series of 300-foot cliffs rising up into the surrounding mountains straight out of the Columbia River. Locally known as the “Coyote Wall Syncline” and to geologists as the “Bingen Syncline,” this dramatic feature gives the winery its name.
Inspired by early efforts of Rhone and Burgundy varietals sampled from Washington wineries, Syncline’s first vintage in 1999 consisted of 76 cases of Celilo Vineyards Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1973. The next year, production was increased to include Columbia Valley Syrah and Grenache. At the same time they began working with vineyards to plant Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise, and Carignan. Syncline keeps production under 6,000 cases annually to ensure intimacy with each barrel and every vine.
Wines Produced: Grenache Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Gruner Veltliner Brut, Pinot Noir, Mourvedre, Carignan, Syrah, Red Blend
"Very cool winery that we thoroughly enjoyed. The folks there were very friendly and knowledgeable. Lots of cool places to sit, talk, and relax, including a number of hammocks!" HJ, Google Review
Founded by Alexis and Juliet Pouillon in 2005, Domaine Pouillon is a certified Biodynamic winery nestled in the picturesque hills of Lyle, Washington, in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Each year they produce approximately 2,500 cases of sophisticated wine. The grapes are hand-picked in small lots at their ideal ripeness, and they practice traditional artisan winemaking techniques: gently guiding the wine, allowing it to age in the cellar before bottling, and labeling each by hand.
Domaine Pouillon is family and dog-friendly with a warm and welcoming tasting room. Their French flair and ample outdoor space is perfect to relax, enjoy a picnic, or take a stroll with friends. Visitors can also order a delicious cheese boards to complete the wine tasting experience!
Wines Produced: Cinsaut, Mourvedre, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Edelzwicker, Roussanne, Syrah, Grenache, Red Blends, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
"Wine and service is exemplary. We always make it a mandatory stop on our Washington winery route. Love this place!" -YL, Google Review
One of Washington state’s largest wineries, Maryhill produces 80,000 cases of wine annually. Partnering with 12 growers and 23 unique vineyard locations in eight of Washington State’s 14 major American Viticultural Areas, this family-owned winery offers a true representation of Washington’s winemaking prowess.
Maryhill'spremier tasting room in Goldendale is located at the edge of the Columbia River Gorge just ninety minutes east of Portland. A true destination winery, they offer an outdoor terrace with seating to enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River.Their 3,000 square foot tasting room is both family and dog-friendly, and their 1,200 square foot Reserve Room offers a private courtyard. Don't forget to check out the summer concert series in Maryhill's amphitheater!
Wines Produced: Sparkling Brut, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Moscato, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Viognier, White Blends, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel, Albariño, Rosso Granato, Port
"Extravagant wine selection available for tasting and purchase. The setting is amazing, overlooking the Columbia River. Easy access with lots of parking. Don't miss it!" -SM, Google Review
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