Raise a Glass and Toast to Our Annual Wine Events
Located in the lush, fertile Willamette Valley, the Tualatin Valley is a premier wine destination and boasts the closest wineries to downtown Portland.Those in the know gather at the more 30 wineries in the northern end of the valley. From fragrant Pinot Noir to Riesling that tickles the taste buds, dozens of varietals are waiting to be tasted, discussed, and most of all enjoyed. Most tasting rooms in Washington County are open year-round (many open weekends only), and enjoy fewer crowds--even during peak seasons. However, the best times to experience our wine country are during the annual events.
North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend - April: Wineries join together and open their doors for a weekend complete with food, fun, wine and a little education. The event was launched in 2009 and has attracted oenophiles from throughout the region. For the price of admission, wine enthusiasts can visit any of the 15+ wineries during the weekend, each location offering special tastings, food pairings and hands-on educational activities, such as wine blending, biodynamic farming and more. Guests receive a commemorative wine glass for complimentary tastings and a bag filled with coupons and other goodies.
Memorial Weekend in Wine Country - May: For more than two decades, wineries throughout the Willamette Valley have invited guests to celebrate the dawn of summer during Memorial Day weekend. Many of our wineries, as well as hundreds of others throughout Oregon, open for this three-day weekend, including several that are not regularly open to the public. This annual event features tastings of new releases, barrel samples, food pairings, live music and other activities. Tasting fees vary.
Canines Uncorked - July/August: Explore North Willamette Valley wine country during this one-of-a-kind event, which invites wine lovers and their faithful four-legged friends to sample complimentary tastings at more than a dozen participating, dog-friendly wineries. Dogs are treated to special activities, while human guests enjoy complimentary wine tastings, all for the price of admission.
Forest Grove Uncorked! - August: Local wine (craft beer and food, too) are given the red carpet treatment every August in the city of Forest Grove. Sample the tastes of the northern Willamette Valley, while enjoying live music, great food and fine local hospitality in a street-fair atmosphere.
North Willamette Harvest Trail - October: The wine harvest season (also known as "crush") usually starts in October, when grapes are picked, destemmed and crushed into juice. Guests can learn more about the wine harvest by joining a tour of wineries to learn about the many different phases of wine production, from vineyard to barrel. This day-long affair features tastings and hands-on education.
Thanksgiving Wine Weekend - November: A long-standing tradition in Oregon's Willamette Valley, Wine Country Thanksgiving features open houses at dozens of wineries, including most of our wineries. This special weekend offers special tastings--including tastes of new releases, special pairings and library and barrel tastings--entertainment and light bites. The weekend provides rare opportunities to visit small wineries that are not open to the public, as well as check out the special festivities planned at wineries that are open year-round. Tasting fees vary.
Throughout the year, additional wine-related events and special tastings will crop up around Washington County. For the latest events, "like" us on Facebook or visit our Event Calendar. See the complete list of wineries and wine shops in Oregon's Washington County: The Tualatin Valley>>>