Oregon Countryside of Portland Wineries – A Driving Tour

A 20-minute drive west of downtown Portland puts visitors at the gateway to more than a dozen wineries nestled among rolling hills, fruit and hazelnut orchards and green, dynamic forests. Within this area, known as the “Countryside of Portland”, visitors can access one of Oregon’s first Pinot noir producing wineries (Ponzi Vineyards), the historic farmhouse tasting room at David Hill Winery, and so much more.

Portland to Forest Grove

Start your “Countryside of Portland” experience 25 minutes west of Portland on Highway 26 at the Helvetia Vineyards. Located in the northern rim of the Tualatin Valley, this area was first populated by Swiss and German immigrants who started producing wine prior to prohibition. Helvetia’s tasting room is a 100-year-old house, complete with the original immigrants’ winemaking equipment, set amidst 70 acres of forest, vineyards, and Christmas trees.

Spend the afternoon winding down Highway 47 and experiencing the pastoral views, small-town charms and budding restaurant scene of the Forest Grove area. Stop by the impressive wine tasting rooms at nearby David Hill Vineyards & Winery & Montinore Estate – both of which offer spectacular views of Oregon’s coast range and a tasty selection of Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Riesling and more.

Head back to the heart of Forest Grove to rest your head at McMenamins Grand Lodge, a restored 1920s-era Masonic Lodge that now serves as a 77-room hotel, complete with on-site brewery, multiple cozy bars, a movie theater and two restaurants. After a candlelit dinner at Ironwork Grill and a game of pool or snooker, take a dip under the stars in the garden-enclosed soaking pool.

Forest Grove to Beaverton

Start Day 2 with a half-hour drive west on Hwy 6 to explore the brand new Tillamook Forest Center and its surrounding hiking and mountain biking trails. Or, drive just 10 miles south of Forest Grove to the 1,113-acre Hagg Lake, located at the base of Oregon’s coastal range. Here you’ll find hiking and biking trails, fishing opportunities and non-motorized boats (kayaks, paddle and row boats) for rent.

Head south on Hwy. 47 to Gaston, where you’ll get your wine exploring underway at the family-owned and operated Elk Cove Vineyards, one of Oregon’s oldest wineries. After a taste of their classically crafted Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc or Riesling, head east to Beaverton to explore two more excellent wineries.

Another family-owned and operated winery, Ponzi Vineyards, is one of Oregon’s first Pinot noir producing wineries. Their elegant tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearby Cooper Mountain Vineyards is an innovator in Biodynamic® farming, a vineyard movement that is rapidly gaining acceptance. Cap your tour with a sumptuous meal prepared with locally grown and harvested fruits, nuts, cheeses, wild game and fish at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tualatin.

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