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Oregon Mt. Hood Territory has put together a 'wine trail' highlighting area wineries

Visitors to Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory have a new way to find, explore and enjoy the wineries throughout the region with the Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail.

This is a free mobile passport that offers great discounts at 16 wineries, from the Willamette Valley to the base of Mt. Hood.

Participants who redeem an offer at eight locations can then pick up a Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail stainless steel wine glass at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center in Oregon City.

"Our area offers an incredibly diverse range of family-run and operated wineries," said Annie Austin, public relations manager. "Each one is so passionate about their craft, and they act as stewards of the land."

The Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail includes vineyards from Canby and Molalla, as well as a fertile variety of other vineyards to visit and participate in tastings.

The trail is highlighted by five wineries in the Canby and Molalla area: Alexeli Vineyard and Winery, Hanson Vineyards, St. Josef's Winery, Whiskey Hill Winery & Postlewait Vineyards and Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm & Vineyards.

The wineries in this area include longtime favorites as well as newcomers to the Oregon winemaking tradition. St. Josef's Winery is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It was one of the first vineyards in the state and winemaker Josef Fleischmann is considered a pioneer in the industry. Conversely, Whiskey Hill Winery & Postlewait Vineyards is one of the newer wineries in The Territory and combines small-batch wines from estate grown grapes with amazing views.

Those looking for wine tasting and an experience can visit Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm & Vineyards where guests can enjoy a leisurely wagon ride and an informational tour through the farm and vineyards while enjoying wine.

Or try Alexeli Vineyard and Winery where the handcrafted wines pair perfectly with a visit to their fluffy neighbors, the Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch.

As for the wine, Pinot noir will always be a favorite in Oregon, but it is joined by a wide variety of other reds and whites including Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Riesling.

In addition to these, many of the wineries feature rare varietals or put their own spin on traditional favorites. At Hanson Vineyards, they grow Golubok, a southern Russian cool-climate red, which is unlike most red grapes in that the color pigment is not only located in the skins, but also in the pulp.

"We hope the Wine Trail makes it easy for guests to discover new locations, taste delicious wines they might not have known about and inspire more gatherings with friends," said Austin. "And with great hotel, vacation rental and bed and breakfast options throughout The Territory, stay and make it a wine tasting weekend."

Participating wineries on the Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail include: Alexeli Vineyard and Winery, Boring Winery, Buddha Kat Winery, Campbell Lane Winery, Christopher Bridge Winery, Forest Edge Vineyard, Hanson Vineyards, King's Raven Winery, Oswego Hills Winery, Pete's Mountain Vineyard & Winery, St. Josef's Winery, Terra Vina Wines, Tumwater Vineyard, Villa Catalana Cellars, Whiskey Hill Winery & Postlewait Vineyards and Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm & Vineyards.

For more information and to download the free Wine Trail visit www.omht.us/winetrail.

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