“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” – Louis Pasteur
On the first part of our tour, we discover the beautiful scenery and delectable wines of Washington state. Washington is the second largest producer of wine grapes in the US and is located on approximately the same latitude (46ºN) as some of the great French wine regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy. With 13 distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), Washington State has some serious diversity in soil types, topography, microclimates, and wine touring regions.
One unique aspect of Washington’s wine industry is the grape growing region is located in the farming areas of Eastern Washington instead of near the main population centers of Western Washington. This makes Washington’s wine region very interesting, full of small towns, true wine grape growing farms, and decades of agricultural heritage.
On the second part of our tour, we move on to explore the vine-draped hills and exquisite wines of Oregon. Likened to France’s Burgundy region, the Willamette Valley is home to two-thirds of Oregon’s wineries and is known for its incredible Pinot Noirs. We’ll have the chance to try a variety of wines from small family run operations to larger wineries, as well as visit an iconic natural must-see, the breathtaking Multnomah Falls.