When we wake up to clear blue skies on a weekend morning, it’s hard to resist the urge to hop in the car and seize the day—and amicable weather. We love visiting wineries rain-or-shine, however, spring days give steam to our wine tasting game. With the North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend April 12-13, the wineries of Oregon’s Washington County are daring us to a marathon wine weekend.
From the North Willamette Vintners, the Wine Trail invites wine lovers to experience wines from 22 wineries at 19 locations in two jam-packed days. What’s more, the Wine Trail weekend is actually about so much more than wine. It’s truly about our community in motion of those who make, from making wine to making art to making the food that fuels our bodies and minds. With this in mind, the Wine Trail pairs each winery with a thoughtful and unique activity.
One such pairing is the Abbey Creek Vineyard partnering with the Portland-based artist, Sean Kalley. While visiting the Abbey Creek tasting room, sip carefully cultivated wine while creating one-of-a-kind art. Kalley works with a variety of mediums—such as charcoal and pastels—using upcycled materials to frame his work. His art is arresting, yet approachable, dark, yet playful. This combination makes for a meaningful and fun dose of culture.
Tickets can be purchased here, where you’ll be asked to identify your starting winery. A wine kit—including a glass, map, and brochure of each winery and its accompanying activity—will be waiting for you at that winery pm April 12. Lunch options will also be available for purchase at many of the wineries.
Here’s the skinny on tickets:
- $45 per person includes the two-day Wine Trail weekend with activities, wine tastings, food pairings, and wine glass.
- $30 per person for Sunday-only ticket from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; ticket includes glass, activities, wine tastings, and light food pairings.
- $10 for a designated driver ticket includes snacks and a reusable tote bag.
P.S. Use the promotion code “NWVPartner” for $5 off a full-weekend ticket!