March 10, 2017 | By Jackie Luskey | 4 Comments

Spring Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

Spring wine tasting in the Willamette Valley is a breeze when you have a ticket to the 9th Annual North Willamette Vintners Wine Trail (April 8-9; $60 full weekend, $40 one day, $20 designated driver). That said, the trail goes beyond just wine tasting.

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In addition to the commemorative wine glass, wine tastings and food pairings that your ticket provides, each winery will also host an activity that will elevate your understanding of Oregon wine and the land that makes it. As you complete each experience, you will earn a special button associated with each winery’s activity. We want to see a lot of buttons on your jacket, lanyard or purse by the end of the weekend! Get a peek at each winery’s wine picks and activity below:

A Blooming Hill Vineyard
Activity: Port Manteau pairing activity
Wines: Riesling, Pinot Noir, Port

Apolloni Vineyards
Activity: Sparkling wine cocktail demos
Wines: Sparkling Rosé, Sparkling Blanc de Noir, Moscato Frizzante

Ardiri Winery and Vineyard
Activity: Learn how to pair chocolates with your favorite wine
Wines: Pinot Noir, Rosé, Pinot Gris

Blizzard Wines
Activity: Corking and waxing bottles
Wines: Riesling, Syrah, Wedding Blend

David Hill Vineyard & Winery
Activity: Taste three wines using different filtration methods
Wines: Pinot Noir

Dion Vineyard
Activity: Assess the effect of different pick dates
Wines: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

Elk Cove Vineyards and Gresser Vineyards pouring at Elk Cove Vineyards
Activity: Explore the difference between the winemaker’s influence and the vintage’s impact
Wines: Rosé, Pinot Noir and Syrah

Fullerton Wines
Activity: Barrel education and stave toasting
Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Helvetia Winery
Activity: Education about local lands and waters
Wines: Pinot Noir

Kramer Vineyards
Activity: Game of clones
Wines: Pinot Noir

Montinore Estate
Activity: Sensory evaluation—test yourself
Wines: Rosé, Borealis, Pinot Noir

Oak Knoll Winery
Activity: Tour, taste and learn about different verticals
Wines: Pinot Noir

Plum Hill Vineyards
Activity: Graft your own grape vine to take home
Wines: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

Provincial Vineyards pouring at One Horse Tavern
Activity: Discover the impact of a small-crop vs. a large-crop on Pinot Noir
Wines: Pinot Noir, Rosé, Pinot Gris

Risdall Ranch Winery
Activity: Pinot Noir blending trials
Wines: Pinot Noir

Ruby Vineyard
Activity: Pigs and Pinot pairings
Wines: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

Activity: Tour Oregon’s only saké brewery (at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
Saké: Ginjo, Nigori, Junmai

Tualatin Estate Vineyards
Activity: Watch noir while drinking noir
Wines: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Which winery (and accompanying pin!) are you going to conquer first? Make a weekend out of the Wine Trail Weekend by booking a hotel room near all the fun!


  • So, I just want to make sure about this? Sunday, $40 to be able to visit all locations? Do you pay anything else along the way?

  • Yes, you will be able to visit all of the participating locations on Sunday during the Wine Trail Weekend (however, with 18 participating wineries, we don’t recommend visiting all of them in one day)! The ticket includes tastings and activities; however, items may be available for purchase at individual wineries. Have fun!

  • Do you have any activities in late April/early May? I have a visitor coming from overseas.

  • Hi, Michelle! Yes, we have activities in late April and early May. Please feel free to review our Events & Festivals page for an up-to-date list of events: Additionally, you can review our wineries page for the general tasting room hours of individual wineries. We hope you have a fabulous time with your visitor!

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