As summer is coming into full bloom and counties across the Gorge are moving towards reopening, some of our favorite wineries have dusted off their bottles and are welcoming guests once again. With limited seatings and distancing protocols, now is the perfect time to visit some of these popular wineries. Get a perfectly personalized experience and learn more about the region and why these wines taste so incredible. Save some room in your luggage as you’re going to want to take a bottle (or two) home with you.
Stave & Stone Winery
You don’t have to work hard to get a taste of Stave & Stone. With a central tasting room in downtown Hood River, or their countryside Broken Boulder Vineyard, which features the Hood River Lavender Farm, you can enjoy this award-winning winery with ease. The winery at the vineyard is one of our favorites for its incredible views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams, and perfectly paired charcuterie boards. Currently, you can visit the downtown tasting room Thursday-Sunday from 12-6 pm or the vineyard every day from 12-5. With the ever-changing phases it’s a good idea to check their website for the most up to date hours and events before you go.
Cathedral Ridge Winery
Named after Mt. Hood’s striking Cathedral Ridge, this award-winning winery is a perfect concoction of beauty, incredible wines, and unbeatable views. Drive 5 minutes west of downtown Hood River and you’ll come upon this impressive vineyard and a quaint tasting room. Now is the perfect time to go because you can get a special one-on-one tasting experience. This winery is a popular spot for weddings and reserved parties, but with call-ahead reservations, you can assure your tasting with no worries. Currently, the tasting room is open from 11-6 every day of the week, but hours could extend as summer progresses.
In the Washington countryside, tucked away in the hills between White Salmon and Lyle, lies one of our favorite wineries in the world. Over the last couple of decades, Syncline Winery has grown from a small winery with a dedicated local following to a household name that is carried all over the country. Right now the winery is open and with a reservation, you are allowed to stretch your legs and relax anywhere in their outdoor seating area. With this wonderful weather, you wouldn’t want it any other way. Try their floral and aromatic Grenache Blanc or crisp and dry Gruner Veltliner for the perfect taste of summer. The garden is open Friday-Sunday from 12-5 and reservations are required, so call ahead and don’t miss out on this gem.
Not every winery is open at this time, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your favorite wines! Many Columbia River Gorge wineries are offering curbside pick up or are available at the cabins. Melchemy Craft Mead is offering home delivery of all their locally grown honey mead. You can even get a bottle or two dropped off to your cabins at Carson Ridge! Others like Cascade Cliffs Winery and Marchesi Vineyards are offering takeout options so you can still grab a bottle of your favorite vintage to bring home with you.
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