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Taste of the Old & Taste of the Future

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Taste of the Old & Taste of the Future

One-Day or Two-Day Trail

Many wine makers are inspired and influenced by the styles of European and “Old World” wine varietals and winemaking techniques.  Taste what happens when these European grapes pair with Oregonian winemaking on this tour of wines from the Old World. Then, visit two of the Tualatin Valley’s newest wineries, each bringing their signature styles to Oregon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Begin the day with brunch at La Provence Boulangerie and Patisserie in Beaverton. Select from French-inspired pastries or enjoy a full breakfast or lunch.

Venture to Sherwood and visit pioneering winery Ponzi Vineyards. As one of Oregon’s first wineries, Ponzi features a large selection of varietals of red and white wines. Try the fruit-forward Arneis or the Italian-inspired Dolcetto. (Open daily)

oregon vineyards - raptor ridge vineyards in Hillsboro, OR in the Tualatin ValleyRaptor Ridge Vineyards in Scholls

Just a stone’s throw from Ponzi is Raptor Ridge Winery, which is making waves with its exceptional take on unique varietals. Sample the Auxerrois or the crisp Grüner Veltliner. (Open daily)

If you’re hungry, grab a bite at Midway Firehouse Pizza, a locally owned restaurant specializing in gourmet pizza, as well as panini, salads and more. Gluten-free options are also available.

Ruby Vineyard and Winery is the next stop on your wine-tasting tour. While Ruby Vineyards is relatively new, its vines are among some of the oldest. These old vines may be tasted in Ruby’s premium Pinot Noir made with these estate-grown grapes.  (Open daily)

Next, visit pioneering Oregon winery, Oak Knoll.  Oak Knoll Winery was established in 1970 and produced a wide range of fruit wines. Today, this winery is known for its impressive array of varietals, including Müller Thurgau, Riesling, Barbera, and, of course, berry wines. (Open daily)

The final stop is Abbey Creek Vineyard, an innovated winery that produces several varietals of wine. The North Plains tasting room is the public space to taste these wines made from the 10-acre vineyard. Grapes grown in the vineyard include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Gamay Noir and Albarino. (Open Saturday and Sunday)

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