Sip, then stamp your passport on new wine trail
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 Mount 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 trail is highlighted by four wineries in West Linn: Campbell Lane Winery, Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery, Pete's Mountain Vineyard & Winery and Tumwater Vineyard.
Campbell Lane Winery started making wine under its own label in 2014 and opened its tasting room in 2017.
Despite being one of West Linn's newest wineries, they're home to some of the oldest pinot gris vines in the state of Oregon. Planted in the 1980s, the vineyard was at the time the largest pinot gris planting in the U.S. at 2.65 acres.
Campbell Lane now has 21 acres and its tasting room features great views of Mount Hood and the valley.
Located just down the road is Pete's Mountain Vineyard & Winery, which also offers amazing views and great wine. Pete's Mountain wine tasting patio overlooks the estate's vineyard with Mt. Hood and the Willamette River in the distance.
Tumwater Vineyard is the newest winery in The Territory with their tasting room opening in 2017. The winery is surrounded by vineyards and a stocked trout pond is the central focus point on the grounds.
The Barrel House tasting room is modeled after an authentic old barn with timber framed mortise and tenon joints.
Another winery with great ambience is Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery, where the history of the farm dates back to the 1850s.
This includes being a world-class equestrian center in the 1940s that hosted Roy Roger's horses Trigger and Buttercup when they were on trips to the Northwest.
Additionally, the tasting room features old photos that celebrate the history of the farm.
For more information and to download the free Wine Trail visit www.omht.us/winetrail.