March 1, 2018 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend

Ruby Vineyard, Hillsboro, OR in the Tualatin ValleyStephen Hendricks of Ruby Vineyards, Hillsboro, OR

What do Tualatin Valley vintners do while waiting for spring’s bud break? They invite you to their tasting rooms with the North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend. In its tenth vintage—er, we mean year—the trail is our happy welcome to springtime vibes in the Portland region.

North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend

Dates: April 7-8

Ticket prices:

  • $60 full weekend
    (includes commemorative wine glass, buttons, tastings and activities)
  • $40 one day
    (includes commemorative wine glass, buttons, tastings and activities)
  • $20 designated driver
    (includes gift bag with non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and other treats)

Promo code:
WineTrail18 for $5 off weekend or single day tickets (through March 31).

Oregon wine eventsNorth Willamette Wine Trail Weekend buttons

What’s the deal with the buttons?

Your Wine Trail kit includes a lanyard, which serves as your entry ticket. Upon completion of each experience, you will receive a unique button associated with that winery’s activity.

Full list of participating wineries (each with its own distinct button):

vineyards oregon - Helvetia Winery, Hillsboro, OR in the Tualatin ValleyJohn Platt of Helvetia Winery in Hillsboro, OR

What exactly are the “activities” at each winery?

Simply put, the North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend wants to elevate your tasting experience at each and every stop you make. To get a sense of how your day on the trail may go, here’s one sample itinerary with some of the activities that make the event extra:

Take a leisurely drive to Helvetia Winery. Owner and winemaker John Platt is ready to join you with not only Pinot Noir, but also Oregon salmon pairings. You’ll leave with an extended knowledge of Oregon’s terroirs and waters, as well as the culinary wonders these terrains foster.

Your designated driver can take you on the short, but scenic drive to Tualatin Estate. Again, it’s about so much more than the wine with a “Plants & Pinot” theme here. Munch on herbed popcorn, sip Pinot Noir and even make a planter out of recycled wine corks. It’s wine, food and crafts with an eco-conscience. We love that.

We love to wax on about the wine we drink, but what about the bottles that contain it? Apolloni Vineyards shares its Fiasco wines alongside a hands-on lesson about the history of the wine bottle.

Weaving your way toward the sweet city of Cornelius, your day of wine—and wine education—has all been leading toward this: a mix-your-own white blend from A Blooming Hill Vineyard. Tinker and sip until you’ve crafted the perfect white wine. Look at you!—what a wine pro.

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.

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