A Wine Tasting Itinerary in the Columbia Gorge
Featured May 2020
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 May 2020!
AniChe Cellars is a family-run winery on Underwood Mountain in the Columbia Gorge. The all-female winemaking team is wicked talented with a flare for understanding the truth in beauty, vintage and place. The focus at AniChe is to make memorable blends in a signature style reminiscent of old world wines... to do this, AniChe sources over 30 varieties of grapes from a myriad of Washington AVA’s. The wines are almost entirely sold direct to consumer through the tasting room.
AniChe Cellars offers beautiful views from their garden patio, or taste through your flight of wine from the whimsical tasting room in a refurbished horse barn. Picnics are welcome, large parties are welcome with a reservation, and children and dogs are also welcome.
Wines Produced:Over 25 varietals. Primarily Syrah blends, Cabernet Blends, Barbera, Grenache and Albarino
This is such a lovely place! Most importantly, the staff were fantastic. Visiting a vineyard with all women winemakers is a rare treat, and the depth of knowledge and expertise of the folks here was spectacular. -Hope T, Google Review
Located in Hood River's oldest house (built in 1886 and dubbed "The Mansion on the Hill"), Stoltz Winery produces single barrel lots of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Primitivo, exclusive blends and unique varietal wines such as Aglianico, Sagrantino, Zweigelt and others. The winery and tasting room sit atop downtown Hood River and features panoramic views of the Columbia Gorge.
While technically located in Oregon, Stoltz makes the many of their wines from Washington-based vineyards. There is a toll bridge connecting Hood River to the wineries on the Washington side of the Gorge. We recommend staying overnight in Hood River and making Stoltz your third and last stop in your day of tasting!
Wines Produced: Pinot Noir, Primitivo, Red Blends, Sagrantino, Aglianico, Mead
"Fantastic, flavorful reds in a beautiful location. Service was immediate and we had a great time discussing the history of the house and winery." -SW, Google Review
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
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