With spectacular mountain views, sun-soaked vineyards and award-winning varietals, the Hood River wineries have become one of Oregon’s premiere destinations.
Found in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, the favourable, sunny weather and arid conditions create perfect growing conditions to cultivate grapes like the Pinot Noirs this region is famous for. Add in close proximity to wow-worthy spots like spectacular waterfalls, lavender fields and idyllic lakes, and it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy heading to the wineries in Hood River after a day of adventure. Here are 10 of the best ones to check out on your next visit.
As soon as you step foot inside the Tuscan-style tasting room at Marchesi Vineyards, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside. Found just west of Hood River, this charming spot feels like the next-best-thing to being in Italy, from the thick vines that surround the outdoor patio to the addictive olive oil and focaccia bread samples served up at the counter.
Sip on the excellent Sangiovese or Primitivo, which pair beautifully with Marchesi’s charcuterie boards and are best enjoyed al fresco. In the winter months, curl up under one of the cozy blankets or heaters inside the tasting room, and enjoy a bottle of robust red.
While Grateful Vineyard technically doesn’t produce their own wine yet and it’s closer to the community of Parkdale than Hood River, it still deserves a spot on the list of top wineries near Hood River because it’s just so darn awesome.
Grateful Vineyard is the kind of place you could come for a day with the whole family, since there’s a playground for the kids, plenty of outdoor areas to explore, and even lava tubes nearby. Their pizzas are also legendary, and best enjoyed at one of the outdoor tables where you can soak in the unbeatable views of Mt Hood.
The bright, airy tasting room serves up tasting flights of their house-made beer and fruit ciders sourced from the surrounding orchards, and those who prefer wine can sample from bottles produced by Elk Cove Vineyard in the Willamette Valley and served under the Grateful Vineyard label.
Speaking of pizza, this fun Hood River winery is known for its delicious wood-fired pizzas which pair well with their award-winning wines.
The vineyard is located just north of town near the airfield, and there are plenty of tables scattered around the property which creates such a relaxed vibe you can’t help but kick off your shoes. Time your visit for the weekend to enjoy their live music nights, and be sure to peek in at the distillery where they make things like cherry vodka, apple cordial and sangiovese brandy.
With lawn games, a lavender field conveniently located next door and a huge outdoor area with breathtaking views of both Mt Hood and Mt Adams, Stave & Stone is the ultimate summer hangout spot.
Ranked among the best wineries in Hood River Oregon, it started nearly a century ago as a family farm producing pears and apples, and the first block of Pinot Noir was only planted in 2012. Today, they also produce Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, as well as fruity sparkling wines which are particularly popular.
Wine aficionados are sure to appreciate this unpretentious spot found along Country Club Road, which is just a few minutes from downtown Hood River. Founder Rich Cushman was born and raised in the city, and founded the winery back in 1986 starting with a crop of Reisling. He’s now considered one of the top winemakers in the area, and has worked with many of the Columbia River Gorge wineries.
Viento’s beautiful tasting room has huge windows looking out to the vineyard with high vaulted ceilings, and there are a few picnic tables outside surrounded by woods. If you go, be sure to try their excellent Rosé, popular Pinot Noir or red blend.
If you’re planning a full day of wine tasting in Hood River, plan to make a midday stop at The Gorge White House which just might have the best burger ‘round these parts.
A 1908 Dutch Colonial home is at the centre of this property along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, surrounded by bountiful orchards and gardens producing berries, apples, cherries, peaches, pears and nectarines. Their U-Pick option means you can grab some right out of the ground to nosh on, or head over to the food cart and enjoy lunch under one of the shaded oak trees.
Inside the tasting room you’ll find Heritage Bosc Pear wine, fruit ciders and wines including a crisp Pinot Gris and blush Rosé. Enjoy a glass, then wander through the fields of flowers and gather a bouquet to take back home.
Biodynamics and permaculture are the focus at this working farm in the Hood River Valley, and the country concept flows into the spacious tasting room. Groups are easily accommodated at the long wooden tables while sipping Hiyu’s wines, and the large windows look out to the surrounding vineyards and foliage.
Conveniently located along the Hood River Fruit Loop across from a distillery and farmers’ market, this is one of the most laid-back wineries in Hood River with plenty of outdoor areas to relax in. This family-run operation grows Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes, and you can enjoy a bottle on the outdoor patio or one of the other hangout spots around the property. Bring your dogs, even kids into the tasting room–everyone’s welcome here!
Ranked as one of the best Hood River vineyards, Mt Hood Winery was named Oregon’s Winery of the Year in 2016. Boasting acres of estate vineyards, a wine production facility in the Hood River Valley and spacious tasting room, their vintages are produced on the century-old fruit growing farm.
Walk through the vines, tour the bottling facility to learn more about the winemaking process, then head into the beautiful tasting room to sample their award-winning wines and enjoy great views of Mt Hood.
Cathedral Ridge is a popular spot for Hood River wine tasting, thanks to its convenient location a short drive from downtown and its long list of award-winning wines. Order a chilled Riesling or their honeysuckle-infused Necessity White, then head outside to feel the lush lawn under your feet as you explore the pretty property surrounded by towering oaks.
With more than 25 wines to choose from this is the kind of place you can go back to over and over again, whether you craft your own tasting flight or book a Barrel Tasting Immersion package where you can sip four varietals straight from the barrel.
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