Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Vineyards by Kent Derek Studio
"The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world.
The Willamette Valley is a huge and varied appellation that includes six sub-appellations: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton.
Buffered from Pacific storms on the west by the Coast Range, the valley follows the Willamette River north to south for more than a hundred miles from the Columbia River near Portland to just south of Eugene. To the east, the Cascade Range draws the boundary between the Willamette Valley’s misty, cool climate and the drier, more extreme climate of eastern Oregon.
At its widest point, this long, broad valley spans sixty miles. Overall, the climate boasts a long, gentle growing season – warm summers with cool evenings; bursts of Indian summer into fall; mild winters followed by long springs. In ideal years the maritime climate provides the best conditions possible for growing the cool-climate grape variety for which Oregon is best known: Pinot noir. In lesser years, fall weather can be tricky, causing winemakers to pull their hair. In this matter the Willamette Valley compares favorably with the Burgundy and Alsace regions of France. And, like it or not, the often finicky Willamette Valley climate is the promised land for Pinot noir in America. Wineries also produce Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Melon, Gewürztraminer, sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc and some Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot among other lesser-known varieties.
The Willamette Valley wineries are a popular tourist destination, with the area boasting a luxury destination resort, several high-end inns and many delightful bed & breakfasts. The valley also offers a long list of fine dining restaurants. An additional advantage for the wine tourist is the proximity of the wineries to Portland. From Portland, tourists can visit the Willamette Valley winery of their choice in anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours." (Willamette Valley Wineries Association, 2016)
ABOUT THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY (2016). Willamette Valley Wineries Association http://willamettewines.com/about-the-valley/
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WINE, BEER, SIGHTSEEING, AND SHOPPING TOURS
Wine tours are available hourly and Full Day pricing. Anything can be personalized to fit the request of our guests.
It’s not just a tour; it’s an experience in Willamette Valley! We can plan visits to prestigious estate wineries, tasting rooms, breweries, local pubs, as well as smaller family owned wineries - all with a sense of humor and a a bit of Pacific Northwest Class!
We specialize in coaching singles, couples, and small groups of up to four. These are privately planned trips & tours accompanied by folks who know each other. You won’t get stuck in a big van or mini-bus with groups of people you don’t know.
We customize fun and informative outings, tailored to client interests. Door-to-door service provided in safe, newer vehicles, in true PNW style. We handle all the planning so you can fully relax and enjoy your day in Wine Country. Our trip or tour will be designed for you and those you want to travel with, creating a wine touring and tasting experience you will remember for a lifetime.
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No matter what kind of day we plan, you will be treated to a fun-filled and fascinating day full of beautiful vistas, while learning about what makes this wine region so special as you taste our fabulous wines. We have small and classic boutiques, large estates, and hidden gems with scenic country roads and vineyards. Our community relationships with owners, winemakers, and staff assure you of being treated like “family” during your visit.
All tours are private tours, designed for a unique experience, with true access to sights, experiences and those small producers of difficult to find Pinot Noirs.
As your personal concierge, we help you design authentic experiences combining local wine & food with nature, adventure, and culture of the Pacific Northwest.