The specific itinerary is flexible for each tour. The best way to do it is to just kick back, relax, and let us treat you to an insider’s look at some of the hidden secrets and lesser-known gems of the Willamette. If you have specific requests we’ll take those into account but keep in mind – we live and breathe Willamette Valley. Nobody has a more intimate understanding of everything this region has to offer than we do!
Getting off the beaten path is what we’re all about – we will take you to places you probably would have never found on your own. We try to cover a variety of stops for breathtaking scenery, rolling vineyards, unique and superb wines, and often a chance to meet and speak with the winery owners and winemakers themselves.
The whole experience is designed to be fun and unpretentious so whether you are a casual wine drinker or a full fledged aficionado, Backcountry will be the perfect fit for you.
We provide door-to-door service within a reasonable pickup zone, so one of our 3 expert guides will pick you up directly at your location – usually at 10:00 A.M. (or 10:30 if you are staying in the valley) A scenic drive will lead us into wine country where you will enjoy some world class wine and take in the beauty and serenity of the region. We strive to offer you a chance to see and experience several A.V.A.s (American Viticultural Areas) so that you get a sense for the remarkable diversity that exists within the region. We like to share our knowledge of the Oregon wine industry, as much as you care to hear – so the tour can be as educational as it is fun – but it’s casual and we promise not to talk your head off!
We look forward to sharing with you our expertise and passion for superb Oregon wines!
Pinot Noir is king in the Willamette Valley, so you will certainly get a chance to taste several examples of this noble grape. However, we understand that most people enjoy some variety as well, so we try to make it a point to hit one or two places where you can try some excellent white wines, sparkling wines and/or other red varietals.
The pace of the tour is unhurried and flexible based on your feedback. Most tours wind up being 3 or 4 wineries plus a little break for lunch. We play each day by ear, so don’t worry about a thing and the perfect day will unfold every time. Our last tasting will conclude usually around 4:00 or 4:30 and we’ll have you back to your home or hotel by dinner time. If you need assistance transporting or shipping your bottle purchases, there are several options for doing this and we’re happy to help. We look forward to sharing with you our expertise and passion for superb Oregon wines!
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