Hood River is the kind of place you go to relax and take in the best things in life. Case and point – there are many wineries here! Visit one, visit them all, either way you won’t be disappointed.
Hood Crest Winery
Blues recording artists Tess and Patrick Barr have been making wine in the Columbia River Gorge since the 1980s. Hood Crest Winery is located at the foot of Mount Hood, giving it spectacular views and making it definitely worth a visit. The winery focuses on big reds and boutique wines, and one of their specialties is sparking apple wine. They have a full kitchen – be sure to try the pizza! – and do not allow outside food or drink. Children and leashed pets are welcome.
1900 Orchard Road, Hood River
Mt. Hood Winery
The Bickford family has taken five generations of fruit growing expertise to turn their century-old farm into a gorgeous vineyard. Mt. Hood Winery uses local fruits like pears and peaches to create scrumptious reds and whites. Drop in during tasting room hours to walk through the vines with incredible views of Mount Hood. Visitors can check out the bottling facility and aging process as well.
2882 Van Horn Drive, Hood River
Hood River local Rich Cushman apprenticed in Germany before returning to the states. He then spent 25 years making wines in McMinnville. In the Columbia River Gorge area, he produces Riesling and has an estate vineyard in Hood River that was planted 28 years ago. Viento Wines partners with other vineyards throughout the Pacific Northwest to get the perfect grapes for his wines. You can drop in to their tasting room in Hood River during open hours.
301 Country Club Road, Hood River
Cathedral Ridge Winery
Cathedral Ridge Winery has 13 vineyards that produce almost every classic varietal. Their beautiful vineyard is a perfect place for a tasting and a tour, and they have a few options including their standard tasting, reserve tasting, tour & tasting, barrel tasting and private tasting. You can reserve online or by calling or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a group of six or more, contact them to make your reservation at email@example.com.
4200 Post Canyon Drive, Hood River
An Italian native, Franco Marchesi focuses on producing Italian varietals at the foot of Mount Hood, which is on the same latitude as Piedmont, the town in Italy where he was born. Marchesi Vineyards has a gorgeous tasting room with a large covered outdoor patio, heavily influenced by Italian landscaping and architecture. Heaters and blankets are available on the patio for chilly days. Children are welcome. Drop by during their tasting room hours – Franco will be there to welcome you.
3955 Belmont Drive, Hood River
Cerulean Wine creates estate and sparkling wines from Pacific Northwest grapes. Their estate, small lot productions are fun flavor fantasies dreamed up by the winemakers. Their tasting room in Hood River is a charming place with seasonal outdoor seating and local artwork. Drop in during tasting room hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org for parties with six or more guests.
304 Oak Street, Hood River
Upside Down Wine
Upside Down Wine is a wine with a purpose – 20 percent of net proceeds are passed on to their partner non-profit organizations. You’ll find some unique wines to try here, often produced in limited quantities so you will likely find something new on repeat visits. Drop into their tasting room during regular hours or call for private appointments.
311 Oak Street, Hood River
Stave & Stone Wine Estates
The Fletcher family has farmed at the base of Mount Hood for five generations. Stave & Stone Wine Estates consults Columbia Gorge wine experts and uses local grapes to create fantastic wines. You can taste wine at either location, both downtown and at their stunning estate, which has spectacular views of Mount Adams and the Valley. They have many varietals as well as special blends. Check their special events page for upcoming live music and wine.
210 Oak Street, Hood River
Winery at the Vineyard
3827 Fletcher Dr, Hood River
Mylan Wines are unique as they are natural – meaning they use none of the nearly 200 allowed additives. Nor do they take away anything. Each weekend, the winery hosts a tasting featuring wine from a different region, check their events page for upcoming dates. Drop into their tasting room during regular hours.
111 2nd Street Suite 300, Hood River
Naked Winery produces over 45,000 cases of wine a year, which is a huge growth from 2010 when they were producing 2,000 a year. They have four tasting rooms in Oregon, but Hood River is their flagship. Children are welcome and they do have small plates – meat and cheese – as well as complimentary Goldfish crackers and Belgian chocolates. They host events and sometimes close early or late for these, so check their website for upcoming dates, otherwise you can drop-in during regular hours.
102 2nd Street, Hood River
If you are looking for wine uniquely created, stop by Stoltz Winery. They produce single-barrel lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Primitivo, exclusive blends and unique varietal wines such as Aglianico, Sagrantino, Zweigelt and others. Their wines feature a glass stopper format and is unfiltered. The Hood River tasting room offers scenic views of the Gorge, which always pairs well with a glass of wine. Interestingly, their winery is located in the oldest house in Hood River, “The Mansion on the Hill” built in 1886. Visit their tasting room during regular hours.
514 State Street, Hood River
The Pines 1852
The owners of The Pines 1852 operate their own winery and vineyard and are involved in every step of the process. They create estate-grown, limited production boutique wines. You can go to their gorgeous tasting room with a cherry wood bar and bistro seating in Hood River, or head to the stunning estate in the Dalles. The Pines Estate Experience includes a tour, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. They do host weddings and events at the estate. For upcoming live music events, check their website.
202 Cascade Ave Suite B, Hood River