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In the Tualatin Valley, nature, agriculture, history and wine are undeniably intertwined. Just minutes from nearby Portland, the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route showcases this special comingling of attractions along its 60-mile drive through the serene Oregon countryside.
Best to be enjoyed during a full day of discoveries, the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route offers a day of lush rural adventures. Visitors are enticed to stop at the many wineries, nurseries, farms and—when in season—produce stands that freckle the route.
While traversing these spectacular sights, visitors can also expect hospitality at historic country taverns and old-time general stores with easy access to shopping, dining and lodging running between the city of Sherwood at the southern part of the valley and the Swiss-settled Helvetia to the north.
Sitting driver or passenger side, visitors will have a front row seat to the Tualatin Valley’s agricultural bounty as crop signs along the route identify what is being produced at several farms in the area. Try to spot your favorite veggie or fruit, ranging from berries to rhubarb to even livestock, such as bison. The route’s view of natural open spaces also gives way to scenic viewpoints such as the Cascade Mountains and the ever-majestic Mt. Hood.
Part of the thriving agricultural scene is due to the vineyards that produce award-winning wines in dozens of varietals. Ponzi Vineyards, Montinore Estate, and the Helvetia Vineyards & Winery offer welcoming wine tasting experiences where wine lovers can not only find new favorite bottles, but also learn about the rich soil and history of the land that grows their most-loved varietals.
Heritage and history runs deep throughout the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route, which can be learned about via the route’s interpretive panels. To learn about the Atfalati tribe and some of the earliest settlers to the area, read the panel at the beautiful Old Scotch Church. With farms surrounding the classic white chapel, this romantic spot stands out as a piece of history living among a thriving agricultural scene.
Enjoy the bucolic beauty of the Tualatin Valley with a joyride that celebrates rural bliss!
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Along the route, two interpretive panels offer a quick history lesson about the area’s history, bridging the area’s legacy with today’s modern culture.
Here are some suggested spots to pull in and rest and grab some grub along the tour route, all while experiencing the down-home hospitality of the Tualatin Valley countryside.
Oregon's Washington County boasts a history of wine grape and wine production. Some of the oldest vines are found in the rich Washington County soil.
Oregon is among the producers of nursery goods, and the Tualatin Valley is one of leaders in agriculture. Experience the nurseries and farms along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route.
In the 1860s the area’s outstanding agricultural reputation began drawing many new European settlers to northwestern Oregon, whose legacy is felt in settlements along the route.
From June through October, the Tualatin Valley countryside is rich in agriculture, with numerous farms open for picking your own freshly grown goodies.