We know you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a Wine Tour company in the Willamette Valley.
It can be hard to sift through all the info, prices and terms and feel confident that you’re making the right decision! Every tour company has something valuable to offer – good wines, good times, good food, good people… Let me try to highlight what makes our service stand out and why we feel Backcountry is the way to go:
The Best Fleet: Our tour vans are awesome! The fleet consists of late-model Ford Transit Touring Vans designed for maximum comfort and space. All our vans feature a high roof and large picture windows. Let’s face it: Limos are tacky, Teslas are tiny, Minivans are mini, Buses are noisy, and SUVs have a 3rd row intended for children. Tour vans are for touring, and we are committed to giving you a clean, comfy ride every time.
Way More Than Just a “Driver”: When you book a Backcountry Wine Tour – you’re getting a wine tour – not a glorified Uber driver. For us, passion for wine came first – and a touring company was a natural extension. We love to share our knowledge, insights, and deep inroads with our guests. We engage the customer to ensure you extract the richest experience possible. All while keeping it fun and casual.
Our Focus Is Strictly Wine: Like I said, passion for wine is what got us into this business. We’re not out here trying to also peddle our City Tour or Gorge Tour or or Coast Tour or Waterfalls etc… Not that those aren’t great things or that you shouldn’t book a tour for any of them! But, on the day of your wine tour – you’re going to want a guide who brings experience and expertise about the vineyard region to the table. That’s not just our specialty – it’s our sole focus.
Intuition: This might be the most important item. We will not take you on a cookie-cutter tour. Every group is unique, and so we believe every tour should be unique. We do not go into the day with an agenda. Instead, we will read the crowd, listen to your feedback, and adjust the day accordingly. This adds a spirit of adventure to the tour which is way more fun. Also, we’re not going to give you a corny memorized script and make you feel like a tourist. The way we approach our presentation is from the angle of a conversation. If you are talkative, we’ll talk! But if you’re enjoying the serenity, we’ll shut up and let you enjoy it. If you’re quick, we’ll move right along, but if you’re soaking it in, we’ll take a step back and make time for you to set the pace. Intuition runs through every decision we make and every moment of the day – and you will feel the difference.
Winery Choices: I realize nearly all the tour companies will promise you “small, boutique wineries” or “off the beaten path” etc. The thing is, 90% of the wineries here in the Willamette Valley fit into that category – so it’s not a difficult promise to live up to. For us though, creating a unique and customized experience is like a personal challenge. We have fun with it! Our repertoire includes around 60 wineries which we’ve identified as “the best of the best” – so how do we choose the right 3 or 4 for you? Well, it starts with our intake Questionnaire in which you get a chance to explain your hopes and expectations. We take that info and incorporate it with your feedback throughout the day to choose the right wineries. Just because it’s “boutique” doesn’t mean it’s great – or your style! We listen, and respond.
The “Little Things”: Need help getting that wine home? We got it. Want to be dropped off somewhere for dinner? No problem. Special requests? The answer is Yes. Flexibility is the very essence of our service. We know it’s all the little things that add up to a great experience.
Value: Look, we’re not the cheapest tour, we’re not the most expensive tour. But I know that our satisfaction rate confirms that our prices are fair. You don’t have to worry about overtime fees, you don’t have to worry about lunch. One price covers it all and we’re going to make it worth every penny. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your experience, we will make it right. I know the one hesitation some people have is that tasting fees are not included but I will give you the main reason this is actually better for you, the customer: If we’re promising tasting fees included, then we have an incentive to take you to the cheapest places, or stick to the scripted route. With us, our only incentive is to make you happy and give you exactly what you want.