Columbia River Gorge Wine Region - Oregon and Washington

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Columbia Gorge Wine Country, Wineries and Wines
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        If you have never traveled in the Columbia River Gorge, you are in for a spectacular treat!  And... there are more than 90 vineyards, 1,300+ vineyard acres and 50 wineries and tasting rooms as well!

A vineyard view of the Columbia River Gorge

        As the nation's first National Scenic Area, the Columbia River Gorge set the standard for this federal designation (November, 1986) and protection of such resources.  The Gorge is unique and one of the most dramatic river canyons in the hemisphere.  It has served as a highway for thousands of years and was part of the last leg of Lewis and Clark's nation-altering expedition.  Here, the mighty Columbia River flows for 80 miles from one side of the Cascade Mountain Range to the other in the near-sea-level route scoured out by the repetitive and cataclysmic floods that occurred between 12,000 and 18,000 years ago.  As the only such passage through any mountain range in the Western Hemisphere, the Columbia Gorge's geologic history is not one of common or gradual processes, but rather that of dramatic events that first laid down, then tore away, thousands of years of volcanic activity. 

        A many-chaptered, astonishing story of Columbia-Basin volcanism - and "The Great Floods" that followed - is written in the precipitous stone walls that line the Columbia River Gorge.  Other geological records of these repetitive volcanic and flooding periods are found in many locations throughout Oregon and Washington, but nowhere are these dramatic episodes more clearly read than in the lands of Columbia Gorge wine country.


Epic floods...
"...among the greatest known to humanity"

       As temperatures began to rise toward the end of the last Ice Age, violent floodwaters repeatedly broke through the confines of a 2,000-foot-high glacial ice dam that blocked the canyon of the Clark Fork River east of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho.  First breaching, then fracturing the icy monoliths, dammed waters of the huge 3,000-square-mile Lake Missoula swept across the landscape to the west every 40 to 140 years, tearing huge frozen blocks and boulders of granite and schist from the walls of the dam.  These cataclysmic floods profoundly affected the geography and ways of life in the region.

       Water, icebergs and boulders combined in a powerful slurry that propelled itself across the Columbia Basin at a speed of about 65 miles per hour and an initial maximum rate of about 9.5 cubic miles of water an hour, scouring out the "Scablands" of eastern Washington and collecting more soil, rocks and boulders along the way.  By the time they reached what is now the Wallula Gap, at the east end of today's Columbia River Gorge, floodwaters had "slowed" to a rate of 1.66 cubic miles of water an hour -- 190 times the volume of the largest Columbia River flood in recorded history.  For two or three weeks at a time, these recurring, stone-laden floodwaters swept through the area, scouring and sculpting the Columbia River Gorge landscape, leaving river tributaries hanging as waterfalls in their surge toward the sea. 

Today's Columbia Gorge Wine Country  

     Today, the Columbia River Gorge is not only a spectacularly beautiful testament of the astounding forces of natural events; it is also rich with the cultural history of Indian People who first lived and traded in the Gorge, and the historical records and viewpoints association with the famous visits by explorers like Lewis and Clark and of settlers that followed on the Oregon Trail to the West.  Providing a route through the bowels of the Cascade Mountains, historic highways allow travelers to drive from "the wet side" to the "dry side" of this major Northwest mountain range, witnessing several eco-system transformations within an hour of Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.  Nowhere else in the Pacific Northwest can such diversity of habitat (and terroir) be found in such close proximity as in the Columbia River Gorge.

        The Historic Columbia River Highway is America's premiere Historic and Scenic Highway.  Built between 1913 and 1922, along the steep cliffs of the Gorge, this narrow, curving roadway was a technological tour-de-force when it was constructed. 

       The Columbia River Gorge and its surrounding lands are unquestionably a national treasure.  Viticulturists think so, too.  Pockets of old vineyards found near Bingen, Washington, suggest this is not a new conclusion.  Today, hundreds of newer vineyard acres occupy a variety of terroir throughout the Gorge.  Flood-scoured plateau lands offer vineyardists gravelly soils, long and sunny summer days, limited rainfall, and the temperature-moderating influence of updrafts from the nearby Columbia River Gorge.  Delta lands of scenic rivers emptying into the Columbia River offer rich, silty soils, sloping landscapes, and the long summer days characteristic of this northern clime. 

        Climate and terrain throughout the Gorge range from conditions found in Germany to France's Burgundy and Italy's northern Rhone Valley and northwest Piedmont.  From the cool, western end of the Gorge come delicate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays; moving eastward, warmer-weather red grapes such as Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernets and Barberas share the warmth with white Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Viogniers.

        The diversity of wine grapes grown in the Columbia River Gorge are unlikely to be matched elsewhere is such a small stretch of land.  In fact, so unusual is this growing area that vineyard and winery owners filed an application with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to establish a shared appellation for Oregon and Washington... the Columbia Gorge American Viticulture  Area.  The AVA was authorized in the Federal Register on May 10, 2004.  The appellation straddles both sides of the Columbia River for a stretch of about 15 miles, including 280 square miles.

Grapegrowing in the
Columbia Gorge AVA

     Climate, temperature (winter & summer), and rain vary from the eastern end of the Columbia Gorge AVA to its western end.  The Columbia Gorge AVA western boundary is approximately 24 miles east of the crest of the Cascades. As the marine air reaches the Columbia Gorge AVA rainfall is about 36 inches per year. Where that air exits the Gorge to the east, it will leave less than 10 inches per year. As the climate warms heading east, the vineyard plantings change from those grown in Burgundy and Alsace to those from Bordeaux, Provence and Italy.  At the Columbia Gorge’s eastern border, the climate has become one of the Columbia Valley AVA... a continental high desert climate.

       Some of the grape varietals grown in Columbia Gorge AVA include:

Albariño, Aglianico, Barbera,
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Gamay, Gewürztraminer, Grenache,
Gruner Vertliner, Lemberger,
Malbec, Marsanne,
Merlot, Mourvedre, Muscat,
Nebbiolo, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris,
Pinot Noir, Primitivo, Riesling,
Roussanne, Sangiovese,
Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah,
Tempranillo, Viognier,
White Riesling, Zinfandel

       You'll find a growing number of wineries and tasting rooms as well, currently more than 50, scattered along the near sea-level routes of  both Oregon's Interstate 84 and Washington's two-lane Highway 14, as well as on the plateau lands above that slope toward the vertical walls of the Gorge.

       You can be sure touring Columbia Gorge Wine Country is the stuff of memorable journeys.  Allow for plenty of "stopping time" along the way in addition to the time you plan to spend at specific wineries. Do yourself a favor; take the "Scenic Route" (the Historic Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway) on the Oregon side, or the two-lane Highway 14 on the Washington side.  You won't forget it!   

Navigating the Columbia Gorge wine region

     Forming a border between Washington and Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge offers wine touring on both states, with enough bridges across the Columbia to make interstate touring easy. 

        Click on the thumbnail map below to see a larger, detailed map where you can locate and plan your own wine tour of both Washington and Oregon wineries in this region.  To explore lodging, dining and touring suggestions in this region, see our lodging and dining suggestions.

Columbia River Gorge Wine Country Lodging and Dining Suggestions link


Columbia Gorge Wineries & Touring Map
(Wineries open to the public)

Wine Shops and Wine Bars

Tour Guides and Driving Services

   Small map to winery locations in the Columbia River Gorge
    Click on map to see larger view of  the Oregon and Washington
     Columbia Gorge wine regions.

Featured Columbia Gorge Wineries

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Open Daily Year Round:
Apr - Oct: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Nov - Mar: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
4200 Post Canyon Drive
Hood River, OR 97031
Maryhill Winery
Hwy 14, 4 miles west of
Hwy 97/Goldendale-Biggs Junction
(Daily 10 - 6)
9774 Highway 14
Goldendale, WA 98620
1-877-MARYHILL (627-9445)
Contact Maryhill


Alpha List of Wineries in Columbia Gorge Wine Country

Oregon Wineries

15 Mile Winery
(Sat & Sun, 11 am - 5 pm)
306 Court Street
The Dalles, OR  97058


Analemma Winery
(Apr 5 - Oct 5, Sat & Sun, 10 am - 5 pm
or by appointment - 541-478-2873)
1120 State Road
Mosier, OR

AniChe Cellars
Hood River Tasting Room
(Mon & Thurs: Noon to 6 pm; Fri & Sat: Noon - 8 pm;
Sun: Noon - 6 pm; Closed Tues & Wed)
301 Oak Street
Hood River, OR

Cabernet Creek Farms
(Visits by appointment only - 541-308-6220)
4730 London Drive
Parkdale, OR  97041

Calcagno Cellars
(Thurs & Fri, 3 - 7 pm; Sat, 1 - 7 pm)
336 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR  97060

Cascade Cliffs
Hood River Tasting Room
(Daily: 12 - 7 pm)
211 Oak Street
Hood River, OR

Cathedral Ridge Winery
Open Daily Year Round:
Apr - Oct: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Nov - Mar: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

4200 Post Canyon Drive
Hood River, OR 97031

Cerulean Skies Winery
(Wed - Sun, 12 - 6 pm)
304 Oak Street
Hood River, OR  97031

Edgefield Winery
(Daily - Noon to 10 pm)
2126 SW Halsey Street
Troutdale, OR 97060

Garnier Vineyards at Mayerdale
(Weekends - Noon to 6:00 pm)
8467 Highway 30 West
Mosier, OR  97040


The Gorge White House & Winery
(Columbia Gorge wines and beers tasting;
Apr & May: 10-6 pm Fri-Mon, by appt Tu-Th;
June - Sept:
10-6 pm DAILY;
Oct: 10-6 pm Fri-Mon, by appt Tu-Th)
2265 Highway 35
(4 miles south of Hood River)

Hood River, OR  97031


Heart Catcher
(No public tasting room)
From the grapes of Volcano Ridge
Vineyard near The Dalles
For Information:

Hiyu Wine Farm
(Fri - Sun, 11 am - 5 pm)
3890 Acree Drive
Hood River, OR

Hood Crest Winery
 (Wed - Sun, 11 am - 6 pm through Thanksgiving;
Fri - Sun, 11 am - 6 pm through Christmas;
Closed Christmas to Valentine's weekend)
1908 Orchard Road
Hood River, OR  97031

Hood River Vineyards & Winery
(Daily - 11 am - 5 pm)
4693 Westwood Drive
Hood River, OR  97031

Marchesi Vineyards
(Summer - May 15 - Oct 31: Daily, 11 am - 6 pm;
Fall & Winter: Fri - Sun, 11 am - 6 pm;
Always by appt
- 541-386-1800)
3955 Belmont Drive
Hood River, OR 97031

Mount Hood Winery
(Mar - Oct: Daily, 11 - 5 pm)
2882 Van Horn Drive
(4 miles south of Hood River)
Hood River, OR

Naked Winery
Hood River Tasting Room
(Sunday-Thursday Noon - 7 pm,
Friday/Saturday Noon - 9pm)
102 2nd Street
Hood River, OR  97031

Pheasant Valley Vineyard
& Winery

(Daily - 11:00 to 6:00 p.m.)
7890 Acree Drive
Hood River, Oregon

866-357-WINE (9463)

Phelps Creek Vineyards
Tasting Room
(May to October: Thurs - Mon, 11 to 5 pm;
Mar, Apr & Nov: Fri - Sun, 11 to 5 pm;
Otherwise by appointment)
1850 Country Club Road
(at Hood River Golf Course)

Hood River, OR

The Pines 1852
Hood River Tasting Room & Gallery
(Mon - Wed, 12 - 5 pm; Thurs, 12 - 7 pm;
Fri, 12 - 10 pm [Live Music, 6 - 9];
Sat & Sun, 12 - 7 pm)
202 Cascade Avenue, Suite B
Hood River, OR  97031

The Pines Estate
Vineyards & Winery (The Dalles)
(Tour reservations required
three days in advance - 541-993-8301)
5450 Mill Creek Road
The Dalles, OR 97058-8502

Quenett Cellars & Copa Di Vino
at Sunshine Mill

(Open 12 - 6 pm daily)
901 East 2nd Street
The Dalles, OR

Springhouse Cellar
Daily, Noon - 6 pm; closed Mon, Nov - Mar)
1st & Cascade
13 Railroad Avenue

Hood River, OR  97031

Stave & Stone Wine Estates
(Daily, 12 - 6 pm; Fri & Sat until 8 pm)
210 Oak Street
Hood River, OR  97031

Stella Fino
(Fri 2 - 6; Sat 12 - 6; Sun 12 - 5)
111 2nd Street, Ste 200
Hood River, OR


Stoltz Vineyards
(Fri, 12 - 5 pm; Sat & Sun, 11 am - 5 pm)
514 State Street
Hood River, OR   97031

Viento Wines  
(Daily Apr - Nov: 12 - 5 pm;
Dec - Mar: Sat & Sun, 12 - 5 pm)
301 Country Club Road
Hood River, OR

Wy'East Vineyards
(Apr – Oct, Daily 11-5;
Early Spring & Nov, Weekends 11-5)
3189 Hwy 35
Hood River, OR 97031


Washington Wineries

AniChe Cellars
Winery Tasting Room
(Wed-Sun: Noon to 6 pm)
71 Little Buck Creek Road
Underwood, WA  98651

Ascendente Winery
(Fri, 3 - 8 pm; Sat & Sun, 12 - 6 pm)
85 NE Estes
White Salmon, WA  98672

Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery
(Daily 10 - 6)
8866 Highway 14
Wishram, WA  98673

Cor Cellars
(Thurs - Sun, 11 am - 6 pm;
Or by appointment - 509-365-2744)

151 Old Hwy 8
Lyle, WA  98635

Demi Anni Vineyards
(Call 509-493-2702 for info)
139 Cooke Road
White Salmon, WA  98672

Domaine Pouillon
(Wed - Sun, 11 - 6 or by appt, 509-365-2795)
170 Lyle-Snowden Road
Lyle, WA 98635  

Gorge Crest Winery
(By appointment - 509-493-2026)
461 Kollock Knapp Road
Underwood, WA 98651


Hawkins Cellars
(Thurs - Sun, Noon - 6 pm;
Open seasonally through Thanksgiving
weekend. Call ahead.)
10401 Cook Underwood Road
Underwood, WA  98651

Illusion Winery 
(Select Summer Weekends & Holidays
Call first - 206-261-1682)
31 Schilling Road
Lyle, WA  98635

Jacob Williams Winery
(Mar - Oct: Daily 10 to 6 pm;
Nov - Feb: Thur - Sun, 11 - 5)
3 Avery Road
(Avery Park off of Hwy 14)
Wishram, WA  98673
541-645 0462

Klickitat Canyon Winery /
Columbia Gorge Winery

(May - Nov: Sat & Sun, 11 am - 7 pm;
Otherwise by appointment -
6 Lyle-Snowden Road
Lyle, WA 98635

Klickitat Canyon Winery
Stevenson Tasting Room
(Sat & Sun, 12 - 6 pm)
350 WA-14
Stevenson, WA  98648

Major Creek Cellars
(Mar - Nov by appointment only - 503-860-8713)
306 Bates Road
White Salmon, WA 98672


Marshal's Winery
(Open daily 10 am - 6 pm)
150 Oak Creek Road
Dallesport, WA 98617

Maryhill Winery
(Daily 10-6)
9774 Highway 14
Goldendale, WA 98620
1-877-MARYHILL (627-9445)

Memaloose/Idiot's Grace
(Open Mid-Feb thru Oct, Thurs - Sun, 11 am - Dark;
Other months, Sat & Sun, 11 am - Dark)
34 State Street (Hwy 14)
Lyle, WA  98635

North Shore Winery
(Thurs - Mon: 11 am - 5 pm)
221 W Steuben Street (Hwy 14)
Bingen, WA  98605

Syncline Winery
(Thurs - Sun - 11 to 6 pm;
Closed Dec 25 - Jan 1)
111 Balch Road
Lyle, WA 98635

(11 am - 6 pm, Wed - Sun)
421 State Street (Hwy 14)
Lyle, WA  98635

Waving Tree Vineyard & Winery
Off US 97, just north of the
Biggs Bridge, Maryhill, WA
(Apr - May: Fri - Sun, 9 - 5; Memorial Day
Weekend thru Labor Day: Daily 9 - 5;
Sept: Fri - Mon, 9 - 5 pm;  or by appointment)
Tasting Room: 2 Maryhill Highway
Winery:  123 Maryhill Highway
(North end of bridge from Biggs, OR)
Goldendale, WA  98620

White Salmon Vineyard
Tasting Room
(Mon - Wed, 11 am - 5 pm; Sat & Sun, 12 - 6 pm)
(Estate Wines & retail grape sales)
63281 State Hwy 14 (Lewis & Clark Hwy)
Underwood, WA
541-490-7664 (Cell)

Willow Wine Cellars
(By Appointment)
10481 Cook-Underwood Road
Underwood, WA  98651

Wind River Cellars
(Daily 10 - 6; Closed Dec 15 - Jan 1)
196 Spring Creek Road
Husum, WA 98623

Ziegler Vineyards
Mar - Nov: Thurs - Sun, 12 - 6)
31 Memory Lane
Underwood, WA  98651


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Columbia Gorge Wine Shops and Wine Bars

The Gorge White House

(Columbia Gorge wines and beers tasting;
Apr & May: 10-6 pm Fri-Mon, by appt Tu-Th;
June - Sept:
10-6 pm DAILY;
Oct: 10-6 pm Fri-Mon, by appt Tu-Th)

2265 Highway 35
(4 miles south of Hood River)

Hood River, OR  97031


Gorge Wine Merchants
Wine Shop & Tasting Room

(Wed & Thurs: Noon to 8 pm

Fri& Sat: Noon to 9 pm

Sunday: Noon to 5 pm

Closed M-T)

218 W. Steuben (State Hwy 14)
Bingen, WA 98605

The Gift House
(Northwest gifts and wines)
204 Oak St
Hood River, OR 97031

Gorge Wine Merchants
Wine Shop & Tasting Room

(Wed & Thurs: Noon to 8 pm

Fri& Sat: Noon to 9 pm

Sunday: Noon to 5 pm

Closed M-T)

218 W. Steuben (State Hwy 14)
Bingen, WA 98605

Healthy Habits
107 East 2nd Street
The Dalles, OR 97058

Hood River Wine and Internet Bar...
and Wine Shop
106 3rd Street
Hood River, OR  97031

The Wine Sellers
(and a lot more!)
514 State Street
Hood River, OR

Featured Columbia Gorge Tour Guides & Driving Services

Get the dirt on wine...
Educational wine tours
& Custom wine tours... year round

(Serving the OR & WA sides of the
Columbia Gorge; SW Washington;
and the Willamette Valley of Oregon;
Also Customized Tours & Wine Classes)

Uncorked Northwest Wine Tours

Let us show you why we're so passionate
about Northwest wines!

(Custom Tours: Oregon's Willamette Valley
& the Columbia Gorge regions)


Aspen Limo & Tours

Specializing in Boutique Winery Experiences
(Serving Oregon's Willamette Valley regions; Southern Oregon;
Hood River/Columbia Gorge; SW Washington; Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Tri-Cities area & Columbia Valley)

360-260-0515 SW Washington
509-572-7494 E Washington
503-274-9505 Oregon


Bon Vivant Wine Tours
and Driving Services
(Serving the OR & WA sides of the Columbia Gorge;
From Seattle to Woodinville, Bainbridge Island,
Olympic Peninsula, Yakima Valley,
Walla Walla
& Columbia valleys; Red Mountain & Horse Heaven Hills;
Leavenworth/Wenatchee, Lake Chelan)
Seattle, WA 98199

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