Hood River and the Columbia Gorge
Less than an hour east of Portland, the Columbia Gorge features worldclass wines, rugged scenic beauty, low-traffic wine touring and relaxed tasting rooms. With the amazing diversity of grape varieties that are cultivated here, this is a “world of wine in 40 miles” that awaits your discovery.
Duane and Joanne’s picks for an incredible day trip:
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Viento – Viento is Spanish for “wind,” and was chosen to reflect the constant vibrancy of the wind and life in the Columbia River Gorge, where winemaker Rich Cushman wsa born and raised. Established in 1986, Viento celebrates a legacy of practicing the art of winemaking with respect for tradition and our personal style, resulting in wines of balance, softness and wonderful flavors. With it modern industrial architecture, and friendly, knowledgeable staff, this stunning tasting room is a perfect starting point to begin your wine adventures in Hood River.
Syncline Winery – Located in the heart of Lyle wine country, Syncline Winery crafts wines of great character with a sense of singular identity and connection to the land. Join us, taste, stroll in the vineyard, pack a picnic and unwind in the sunny Lyle, WA. We provide a relaxed picnic area on our working farmstead, along with complimentary educational tours of our estate vineyard and winery. Located only 11 miles from Hood River. Stop by our front desk to get your complimentary wine tasting for 2 people certificate. Also includes 10% discount on wine purchases.
COR Cellars – Since 2003, COR Cellars has been producing wines with character and personalty from the Columbia River’s most distinquished vineyards. We produced Alsatian and Friulian varietals from the Columbia Gorge and Bordeaux varietals from the Columbia Valley and Horse Heaven Hills. Our modern tasting room is vibrant and light filled, with Mt Hood illuminating comfortable window seats, a large fireplace to warm you up in winter, and a wildflower filled courtyard to spread out in during the warmer months. We welcome you to wlak our vineyards, taste our wines, and share corner of the world. Located only 11 miles from Hood River. Stop by our front desk to get your 2 for 1 wine tasting certificate.
Stave & Stone Winery – Come to downtown Hood River and meet our award-winning wines with personality. From a flirty Riesling to a commanding Cabernet, we have something special for you. Enjoy a glass of your favorite and relax in our welcoming tasting room, and check our calendar (website and Facebook) for our Friday night music and other live entertainment listings. We also offer beer, cider and artisan cheese plates and dessert specials. Stop by our front desk to get your 2 for 1 wine tasting gift certificate.
Boda’s Kitchen – Specialty market, deli and caterer in the heart of downtown Hood River, specializing in gourmet comfort food with locally sourced goods. Featuring local wine, beer & cider to pair with your meal or carry out. Dine in or simply grab lunch to-go and head to Hood River’s beautiful waterfront or to one of our suggested wineries.
ReachNow – Don’t have a car, no problem! ReachNow is the best way to get to Hood River and the Columbia Gorge. With their app, you can easily get from point A to B whether you want to drive or ride. For a low per minute rate, ReachNow Members can drive any of our BMW and MINI vehicles for as long (or short) as they need with gas, insurance and, in most locations, on street parking included in the price. Members can pick-up any available car on the street and drop it off anywhere within our Home Area. They offer flat rates and competitive per day pricing that make ReachNow the convenient, and cost-effective way to get to work, meet friends for dinner, have some extra trunk space when running errands or get out of town for the weekend.