Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, which stretches from the towering snowcapped peak of Oregon’s tallest mountain to the fertile Willamette Valley, is home to 18 amazing wineries. Most of these boutique wineries’ tasting rooms are staffed by one of the owners or the winemaker — and many times they are one and the same. There is a lot happening in this wine region.
West Linn Wineries
Just south of Portland lies the town of West Linn, which is quickly becoming a hotspot for wineries. This area features the newest locations in Mt. Hood Territory with Campbell Lane Winery and Tumwater Vineyard joining Pete’s Mountain Vineyard & Winery, Twill Cellars and Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery.
Campbell Lane Winery opened their tasting room in 2017, yet they’re home to some of the oldest Pinot gris vines in Oregon. Planted in the 1980s, the original vineyard was at the time the largest Pinot gris planting in the U.S. They also offer a cottage for rent where guests can relax on a private deck overlooking the vineyard. Located just down the road is Pete’s Mountain Vineyard & Winery featuring a tasting patio with views of the estate’s vineyard with Mt. Hood and the Willamette River in the distance. Twill Cellars is a 3-acre organic vineyard established in 2000. All of their wines are sourced from the grape and no procured bulk wine is used in production. Tumwater Vineyard is the newest winery in Mt. Hood Territory with their tasting room opened in 2017. The Barrel House tasting room is modeled after an authentic old barn with timber framed mortise and tenon joints which adds to the ambiance. Another winery with great ambiance is Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery where the history of the farm dates back to the 1850s. This site was a world-class equestrian center in the 1940s that hosted Roy Rogers’ horses Trigger and Buttercup when they were on trips to the Northwest.
Dinners in the Field
Farm-to-table style dining is a big hit with visitors to Mt. Hood Territory and Chef Pascal Chureau is at the forefront of that movement. Known for his very popular Allium Bistro in downtown West Linn, he started Field & Vine Events and the Dinners in the Field series where he brings the table to the farm. During each dinner guests enjoy amazing local wines over a six-to-seven course dinner on-site at wineries and farms throughout the region.
The partnership with local farms and wineries creates an exciting opportunity for guests to enjoy more than your traditional farm tour. Here are just a few upcoming Dinners in the Field:
• August 10 – Taste the flavors of summer at Beckham Estate Vineyard and stroll through this beautiful family vineyard.
• September 21 –Tour the barn and meet the alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch while sipping wine from Campbell Lane Winery.
• October 19 – Tumwater Vineyards offers unbeatable views of Mt. Hood which pair perfectly with the cheese from family-run TMK Creamery.
• October 26 – For the first time Campbell Lane Winery will be hosting a Dinner in the Field. Enjoy views of the vineyard and food from Oregon City based Tranquil Farms.
Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail
Visitors to Mt. Hood Territory have an easy way to find, explore and enjoy the wineries throughout the region with the Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail. This free mobile passport offers great discounts at tasting rooms and participants who redeem an offer at eight locations can pick up a stainless steel wine tumbler.
Create your own wine and food adventure at www.mthoodterritory.com.