“All wines come from someplace, but the best wines can only come from an extraordinary place. Oregon is an extraordinary place for wine.” – Oregon Wine Board
Pinot Noir is known among wine enthusiasts as being the grape varietal perhaps most finely in tune with its terroir. It is considered by growers to be finicky and difficult and by consumers as complex and refined.
Oregon is a world class producer of Pinot Noir. However, it is not all of Oregon but specifically the Willamette Valley – and not even all the valley but the hills perched on the edges of the northern Willamette Valley – that are leading the world in Pinot Noir grape growing.
There is really no better grape to provide an education about wine than Pinot Noir and no better place to do it than the Northern Willamette Valley. On this five-day tour we will explore three of the most famous of Oregon’s Pinot Noir growing regions – Yamhill-Carlton, Ribbon Ridge, and Dundee Hills – while visiting large and small wineries alike, eating from the smorgasbord of Oregon’s local products, and staying in a small luxury hotel.