Wine and Beer Tour of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
A Four-Day Wine and Beer Tasting Adventure
COVID-19 note: Many restaurants, wineries and attractions now require reservations. Check individual websites before visiting to learn about new protocols. Masks are required inside and in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible.
Whether your preferred varietal is Pinot Noir, a aromatic Rose or a rare, sought-after Arneis, Tualatin Valley has you covered. And if your tastes include a good Porter or hoppy IPA, then you have the makings of a Tualatin Valley wine and beer tasting adventure!
Enjoy a progressive wine tasting tour at the esteemed Ponzi Vineyards, one of one of Oregon’s premier wineries. Established in 1970 as one of the pioneering wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Ponzi Vineyards is now being run by the family’s second generation. Luisa Ponzi, who trained in Burgundy France, has been Ponzi’s winemaker for more than 25 years, making her one of the first female winemakers in the state.
Next, visit Hamacher Wines. The Ponzi Historic Estate, the original home of Ponzi Vineyards, is now home to Hamacher Wines, an artisan wine producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Owner and winemaker Eric Hamacher founded his label in 1995 and also is one of the founders of the Carlton Winemakers Studio, along with his wife, Luisa Ponzi and partners Ned and Kirsten Lumpkin of Lazy River Vineyard.
Dine at the French-inspired La Provence. Enjoy a dinner of small bites or entrees prepared from seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s expansive cocktail menu perfectly complements the menu of innovative dishes and delectable desserts.
No visit to Tualatin Valley is complete without a visit to SakéOne, the leading American owned and operated brewer of craft saké in America. Bottled under four distinct brands (Momokawa, Moonstone, G, and Peaceful River), SakéOne leads the fast-growing category with distinct styles, flavor infusions and a penchant for education and sharing their unique beverage. A visit to the SakéOne Kura (brewery) is an educational experience at all levels.
Take a break from wine tasting and explore Tualatin Valley’s beer scene with lunch at Ridgewalker Brewing. Enjoy a flight of Ridgewalker’s Pacific Northwest-style beers, which are brewed on site. India Pale Ale (IPA), American brown ale, American amber/red ale, and American stout provide a great introduction to Oregon craft beer.
Back to wine with a visit to David Hill Vineyards & Winery. With sweeping views of Oregon’s coast range, David Hill Vineyards is one of the most picturesque wine venues in the Willamette Valley, and boasts some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Willamette Valley. Sample a flight of David Hill’s many varietals—including Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Merlot, Port and more—in its tasting room, which is housed in the original farmhouse build in 1883.
For dinner, travel to Tualatin Valley neighborhood of Bethany, and enjoy a unique meal at Bethany’s Table. This “freestyle” bistro offers a selection of seasonal selections prepared with local, sustainable and organic ingredients. The dinner menu features an array of items, including vegetarian, gluten-free and pescatarian.
Treat yourself to a Nordic breakfast at Broder Söder. Chose from a host of Scandinavian delicacies, such as Danish thickened cream pancakes, Swedish hash, and Norwegian potato flatbread with eggs.
Visit Beckham Estate Vineyard, a small, family owned and farmed vineyard in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains. The vineyard specializes in growing and crafting Pinot Noir and Pinot Rosé. Taste Beckham’s wine and pop into the studio and learn about winemaker Andrew Beckham’s hancrafted terracotta amphora, handcrafted clay fermentation vessels.
After wine tasting, enjoy another beer-focused lunch at Stickmen Brewing. The brewery serves individual-sized wood-fired pizzas made from a pizza oven imported from Italy. In December 2016, Lake Oswego-based Stickmen Brewing opened its new production facility and barrel room, complete with a taproom, in Tualatin. This Oregon craft brewery has earned several accolades, including winning a gold medal at the Oregon Beer Awards in 2016. The Stickmen Brewing Company Tualatin Beer Hall features a variety of craft brews, including year-round, seasonal and experimental beers, as well as barrel-aged and nitro beers.
After lunch visit the Tuscan-inspired tasting room at Alloro Vineyard, where you will sample rich, complex handcrafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and late-harvest dessert wine. Alloro’s vineyards are farmed in a sustainable manner, protecting the environment, nurturing soil health and ensuring premium wines from vintage to vintage.
Later, for dinner, go to Central Beaverton and check out MiNGO. This restaurant is known for its “simple” Italian food made with local, organic ingredients. This multi-award-winning restaurant features seasonal menus prepared with fresh-made pastas and cheeses, and boasts a variety of entrees, pastas and pizzas.
Enjoy breakfast at the South Store Cafe, housed 100-year-old clapboard building set in the northern Willamette Valley wine country. South Store uses “hyper-local” produce, thanks to partnerships with farmers in the community. The café showcases local artists on its walls–exhibits change every two months. South Store Café offers a full coffee bar and a variety of pastries and more.
Next, continue your wine tasting journey at Blizzard Wines. This small-production winery has taken the next stop in its evolution by opening its own stunning tasting room during the last weekend of April 2017. Winemaker Dana Blizzard and her family still holds strong ties to the land and the wine that it creates. Wine tasters can expect delicate Pinot Noirs that are made from the winery’s own estate, as well as big reds using grapes from Eastern Washington. The estate vineyard’s soil has glacial deposits that produce a unique Pinot and Chardonnay.
Next, visit Árdíri Vineyards & Winery. With a vineyard and tasting room located in the heart of the beautiful Chehalem Mountains AVA, Árdíri specializes in Willamette Valley and Napa Valley Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The winery sits on a beautiful East-facing slope with a view of Mt. Hood and the intervening hills. The open air facility with adjoining patio, fireplace, three fire pits, and a poured black cement tasting bar combine to create a “destination” winery where guests are encouraged to relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
Before leaving Tualatin Valley to return home, enjoy lunch at Cafe Murrayhill. This is a family restaurant situated on a beautiful pond in Beaverton. The cafe serves a delicious weekend brunch and lunch, and sources all ingredients locally.