A relaxed two days of wine touring through
the Eastern Gorge, highlighting the natural
delights of spring and early summer.

Gorge Wine Adventures

––  The Growing Season Awakens ––

 

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Columbia Gorge Wine Country> Eastern gorge:

 

The Wine
Adventure Begins

Our alluring wine adventure focuses on the growing season when natural beauty awakens and presents all of its glory. A beautiful drive through the Columbia Gorge offers seemingly endless waterfalls and countless wildflowers.

 

Escaping the challenges of daily life is a mantra in the Gorge where challenge becomes adventure and the world is your playground. Breathtaking views present themselves at each corner, beckoning your exploration.

Begin your journey with the inspiration of Multnomah Falls and let the fun begin! Take exit 63 for Hood River’s city center and allow your wine adventure to unfold…

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Be sure to stop along the way to take in the world famous Multnomah Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day One:

Winery: Aniche Cellars

  311 Oak St. Suite B, Hood River     360-831-7266

“Incredible wine produced by incredible people. A must see when visiting the Gorge and Hood River.”
– Peter S., Yelp reviewer

There are always high expectations for the first stop on a new adventure, but trust us, this one is certain to deliver. With a focus on European-style blending techniques, each wine at Aniche Cellars is created with the utmost care and served to each guest with pride.

SECRET TIP:  This all-female winemaking team is extremely geeky about food and wine. Ask them anything, they are always enthusiastic to share knowledge, trials and victories of winemaking and their most recent, mind-blowing food pairing. Allow for extra time and “Geek out” with these lovely ladies!

Focusing on the food-friendliness of wine, each wine in the tasting flight is paired with a carefully crafted nibble, highlighting the nuances of both the wine and accoutrement. One can’t help but be inspired to create future wine pairings. In addition to perfect pairings, each wine is named by literary reference; derived sentiments from the owner and winemaker, Rachael Horn, who has just published her first novel.

Your entire experience here will offer genuine passion and enjoyment with ample choices to shape your own, unique experience upon each visit.

 

Activity: Mosier Creek Falls/Mosier Plateau Hike

 

The trail begins on the east side of Mosier Creek, next to a park bench marked “Mosier Pioneer Cemetery.” Mosier’s Plateau trail, gently climbs above the rim of Mosier Creek Gorge. Take a minute to walk through the small pioneer cemetery.

 

 

Next you’ll come to a viewing area, peering into the deep canyon and looking upriver to the 100-ft waterfall. Continue through the oak groves to the top of the falls. This makes for a nice picnic spot or if you’re feeling more adventurous, go for a swim in the  pool below that is surprisingly warm in the summer. If you are feeling especially adventurous, continue along the trail all way up to the top of the plateau for a spectacular view westward over Mosier and the Columbia River.

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WINERY: Garnier Vineyards

  8467 Hwy 30 West, Mosier, OR     541-478-2200

“The place is amazing and came highly recommended...the wines some of the best I have had in Oregon. The little tasting room is charming and in a beautiful location...a hidden gem!”
– Lori E., Yelp reviewer

This adorable tasting room is nestled on a slope overlooking the Columbia River and Washington hillsides. The estate vineyard consists of a planting of eight different grape varieties that spans a gorgeous 300 acres. Overlooking the vines with such a stunning view you can’t help but let out a deep, relaxing breath.

SECRET TIP:  Each weekend they offer unadvertised case discounts of their library wines. Selected for their ideal aging qualities, this is a perfect way to stock your cellar with quality aged wines when you don’t have the ability (or for many, the discipline) to age them yourself!Garnier Vineyards believes that diligent stewardship is the best course in achieving sustainability in grape quality and that great wine starts in the vineyard. Now growing grapes for over fifteen years, these vineyards produce beautiful, rich berries that offer full-bodied wines. Their rotating tasting flight allows a new experience upon each visit and encourages you to try something new. Special in their lineup is a delicious dessert wine made from their estate cherries called L’Amour Cerise. It is fortified and barrel aged with a lovely balance of tart and sweet and offers a perfect finish to any meal.

 

 

 

 

DINNER: Celilo Restaurant & Bar

  16 Oak St., Hood River, OR     541-386-5710
  Hours: 11:30am-3pm, 5–9:30pm (Fri & Sat open until 10pm)

“Celilo’s tastefully prepared dishes and gracious, attentive service make it the one restaurant that we always return to when wine-tasting in the Gorge…”
– David H., Tripadvisor reviewer

This restaurant is famous as a “go-to” for locals and regular travelers to the Gorge. Well-known for their inventive, locally-sourced cuisine they offer upscale dining with a very casual atmosphere.

SECRET TIP:  Having the largest selection of wines in the area it is a real treat that they offer wine to-go. Their large selection of local wines gives you the opportunity to access wines from a winery you weren’t able to visit or also to get a great recommendation on something from outside the area!

Recognized by the Oregon A-List Awards and Wine Spectator for their exceptional wine list, Celilo also makes outstanding cocktails and you’re certain to receive superior service to make just the right choice of beverage to accompany your meal. With all the trappings of fine dining the most desirable element of Celilo Restaurant is their friendly, welcoming and beautiful ambiance, void of all pretentiousness.

Offering a selection of small plates and rotating menu prescribed by the freshest, local ingredients, it’s very pleasurable to have a multi-course meal, and with so many lovely wines it’s easy to pair each course for added enjoyment. 

 

 

 

Lodging: The Dalles Inn

  112 W 2nd St, The Dalles
  541-296-9107

“Exactly What We Needed -Found this basic gem in the heart of downtown! Plenty of parking, friendly front desk staff. The breakfast was expansive with a nice variety of foods...” –Lance M, Tripadvisor reviewer

The Dalles Inn is a hidden gem set right in the historic district of downtown The Dalles. With ample parking, great amenities and complimentary breakfast it has everything you need to travel with ease.

They offer a heated outdoor pool (open seasonally), fitness center, complimentary continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi. All rooms have refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, flat screen TVs, DVD players and air conditioning. The hotel also has a variety of dog friendly rooms!

SECRET TIP:  When making your reservation, ask for a room in the Tower Building for easier access to the amenities!

 

 

This hotel is situated in a great location to explore The Dalles, including many historic sites, downtown shopping, the riverfront walking path and multiple dining options. They are recognized for quality service and very nice rooms.

 

 

 

Day Two:

After starting your day with the complimentary continental breakfast at the Dalles Inn, head south to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, and The Dalles Riverfront Trail.

 

Activity: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, and The Dalles Riverfront Trail

  5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR
  541-296-8600

 

Locals and visitors enjoy exploring the 54 acres surrounding the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. A paved trail winds through the museum grounds and along the Columbia River for seven miles, perfect for biking, jogging or strolling. The trail is free and open to the public, year-round!

 

 

The trail also offers interpretive markers and is accompanied by a free brochure at the museum admissions desk to help with plant identification.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and is home to numerous exhibits to help introduce visitors to the geology, flora, fauna, history, and economic development of the Gorge.

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Activity: Drive the Historic Columbia River Highway to Rowena Crest

 

The easy drive along the historic highway to this lookout spot offers a breathtaking panoramic of the Columbia River. It’s a great place to commemorate your adventure with a beautiful photo and to take in some relaxing breaths of fresh, Gorge air.

 

 

For some added adventure, two hikes are accessible from the overlook. For easy hiking, directly across the street from the overlook parking is the Tom McCall trailhead that meanders through beautiful meadows to the edge of the plateau. For the very adventurous types, a trail heading south from the parking lot heads up McCall Point for an even better view, but is recommended for moderate to experienced hikers.

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WINERY: Analemma

  1120 State Rd, Mosier, OR     541-478-2873

“My favorite winery in the Columbia Gorge! We had a great time on the vineyard tour and seated tasting. The wine was awesome and the staff was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The drive to Mosier and the winery are beautiful. Can't wait to go back...”
– Chris C., Yelp reviewer

Just when you think your trip can’t get any better Analemma serves up rustic luxury for the grand finale. Tending vines on both sides of the Columbia River, owners Kris Fade and Steven Thompson employ organic and integrative farming practices to create a window into the soil, microclimate, and culture of each unique vineyard site they farm.

The wines are precisely crafted from 100% Gorge grown fruit, and a welcoming, knowledgeable hospitality team provides a memorable experience with intriguing details about Analemma’s history, winegrowing practices, and philosophies. All guests are able to enjoy a seated tasting. 

SECRET TIP:  Just a few minutes walk from Analemma’s winery lay estate vineyards planted to a rare collection of vines - including unusual varietals home to Galicia, Spain. Purchase a countryside picnic basket at the Cellar Door and you’ll be invited to stroll to the top of the hillside vineyard where you can explore the vines while enjoying a decadent charcuterie plate and carafe of wine at your leisure. Stunning views of the Mosier Valley and frequent hawk sightings complete the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Project is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Tourism Commission

 

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