We'll take you in our van beyond Portland’s urban growth boundary and out into the fresh air, wide open skies and relaxing vistas of Oregon Wine Country. Only 45 minutes from Portland, the communities of Newberg and Dundee are home to world-class wineries and some especially good Pinot Noir. While the scenery of the Yamhill valley unfolds you'll learn a little about the history and geology of the area as we pass through the farms where the first immigrants in the region settled over 150 years ago. We try to make three winery stops on our tour, but we may have to shorten it to two depending on the time spent tasting and riding. Our guides will keep you aware of the time.
Our ride starts in Newberg, OR, a city at the heart of the original wine growing region in the Willamette Valley. From Newberg, we'll cruise our bikes on quiet and picturesque country lanes past wonderful landscapes, century-old farms, contented cows, prancing horses and some of Oregon's best wineries. Our first tasting stop is about 2.5 miles down the road at The Four Graces Winery. Guests have the option of eating a picnic lunch during our tasting stop here. Generally our tasting stops last about 20-25 minutes. Opting for the picnic lunch will add about 20-25 minutes to the first stop.
With our first taste out of the way, guests will depart the Four Graces for the scenic 7 mile trek to Arborbrook Vineyards. Ride highlights include numerous hazelnut groves, small farms, stables, and a spectacular view of the Dundee Hills - the secret behind Oregon's stellar Pinot Noir. From Arborbrook, it's only another half mile down the road to Bergstrom for another sampling of excellent Oregon wines. Once done, we'll rack the bikes and gear and return to Portland.
Wine tasting fees ($5-10 per winery) and cost of food not included.