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Visiting Portland, the Willamette Valley or the Hood River area?
We are here to help you find the right tour guide for your next Oregon wine tour adventure. All of the tour guides listed in this website conduct top flight wine tours in this region. Many of the guides perform a variety of other fine tours such as Columbia River Gorge, Mount St. Helens and City of Portland tours. All the guides listed here are members of the ASSOCIATED TOUR GUIDE NETWORK. This organized network requires all members to adhere to a strict set of professional standards and ethics before they are allowed to post their business info here. Please see the About Us Page for more details.
How to use this site
Please click on the Tour Guides page above for a list of associated tour guides. From there you can click on their name for a short description or you can click on the link to their website. If a particular guide does not fit your bill, come on back to this site and try another. We’re all a little different in how we conduct our tours and what we specialize in so take some time to compare.
Guided Wine Tours in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the Columbia Gorge – By James Merlot
Wine tours in Oregon require the special skills of a well seasoned tour operator. Not only does the guide need the ability to navigate the twisty, winding roads that Willamette Valley and the Columbia Gorge will throw at him, but he needs to be well connected with the winery management and staff once you get there. The better the relationship with the wineries, the better the Oregon wine tour experience you and your guests will have. Let me put it to you this way. The winery visitors that enter a winery tasting room with a well respected wine tour guide will receive preferential treatment from not only the staff but from the wine makers and the owners as well. This can equate into some free internal Oregon winery tours or some outside vineyard tours for your group. This special treatment happens all the time for the folks that participate in an Oregon wine tour that includes a polite well mannered professional representatives like the guides listed in this website. There are a lot of different Oregon wine tours now being offered to you by a variety of tour companies. I suggest that before you book a tour, you check the Reputation of the Tour Guide you’ll be spending the day with. Checking on the integrity of a wine tour guide is actually quite easy. You’ll just need to call a few well known wineries and ask to speak to the tasting room manager. They’ll tell you who they would like to see come to their front door. Happy Tour Guide hunting.
Here are some terms that sometimes get misused.
• A wine tour or wine tours in Oregon means you wish to go to a number of winery tasting rooms to taste their products.
• A winery tour in Oregon means that you would like to see the fermentation equipment, the barrel room and maybe take a walk in the vineyard. Winery tours can be a bit technical and can eat up a lot of your time.
Please be specific when you are booking your tour so that all parties understand what you’re really looking for.