Columbia Gorge Wineries Celebrate Labor Day 2012 in Oregon and Washington

 

Travel to the fascinating The Columbia River Gorge region for Labor Day. The Gorge is a  canyon that stretches for over 80 miles. The gorge is the only navigable route through the Cascades and links to the Pacific Ocean. This area forms the boundary between the states of Washington and Oregon and has some of the most spectacular scenery in Oregon. In 1986, the Columbia River Gorge “became the first and only National Scenic Area in the United States.”

Singing Cowboys
Singing Cowboys
English: Oneonta Creek, Columbia Gorge, Trail #424
English: Oneonta Creek, Columbia Gorge, Trail #424 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Columbia Gorge Wine Growers Association is hosting a Labor Day Weekend Open House. The Columbia Gorge AVA is a winegrowing Region (AVA) that is located an hour east of the Portland. There will be special events at many wineries in the area. So spend Labor Day Weekend in the incredible Columbia Gorge region where you can visit quaint waterfront towns located at the foothills of Mount Hood, Oregon‘s tallest peak. There are plenty of spectacular wineries and Tasting Rooms.

Cascade Cliffs Wine
Cascade Cliffs Wine
Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt
Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt
Quenette Wine
Quenette Wine
Wines in the Gorge
Tasting Rooms in Hood River

More than 30 Columbia Gorge Wineries are hosting Open Houses with incredible views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams to celebrate Labor Day Weekend.

They will be featuring special releases and offering discounts.

WHEN: September 1st-3rd, 2012

WHERE: Columbia Gorge Wineries in Washington and Oregon

Columbia River Gorge
Columbia River Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Metlako Falls, Columbia River Gorge National S...
Metlako Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The wineries span the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. There is “a world of wine in 40 miles” in this tranquil heavenly paradise.

You can visit wineries in Oregon and Washington in this area. Use the Hood Bridge to travel between the two states.

Hood River Bridge

Kelvin Kay, user:kkmd Category:Columbia River ...
Kelvin Kay, user:kkmd Category:Columbia River Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They are only separated by a bridge.

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United State...
English: Mount Adams, Washington, United States, as seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Washington State
Washington State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Oregon wineries are located from Hood River to The Dalles; the Washington Wineries span Underwood to Goldendale. Click here for more information: downloadable map

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Go...
English: Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Triple Falls, Columbia Gorge
Triple Falls, Columbia Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the OPEN HOUSE Line-Up:

1. AlmaTerra Wines               Labor Day Weekend Hours: Friday 4-9:30 with live music from 7-9 pm; Sat, Sun, Mon noon – 6 pm 208 West Steuben Street (State Highway 14) Bingen WA 98605 • Phone:              (509) 637-2633 Labor Day Specials: Pouring our flight of four 2008 new-release single-vineyard Syrahs (a rare event!) along with new Artist-series Museum Red and Museum White blends. Free appetizers Sat-Mon. This weekend only (Sat-Mon): two Reidel crystal wineglasses free with new wine club sign ups ($20 value and 20% off wine purchases).

2. COR Cellars Thursday -Monday 11am-6pm 3. Domaine Pouillon 11am – 6pm They will hold a Blind Tasting Contest during the Labor Day weekend holiday. The lucky winner gets to experience a day of “crush” with their winemaker, Alexis.

4. Garnier Vineyards in Mosier Oregon is having a Labor Day Weekend Garden Party and Cellar Sale on Sunday, September 2nd from 2-6 pm. There will be live music from Andiamo and food from Boda’s Kitchen. Enjoy music on the lawn, good food, and great wines!

5. Maryhill Winery

Hazy Hood and Maryhill Wineries
Hazy Hood and Maryhill Wineries (Photo credit: surfonaut)

Labor Day Weekend Wine Tasting and New Releases with live music by: The Signatures www.signaturesmusic.com, Wayman Chapman  www.waymanchapman.com and Bluestone  www.bluestonejazz.net6. Springhouse Cellar noon to 6pm with a special  2009 Merlot release.

7. SUNSHINE MILL WINERY noon-10 Friday and Saturday; noon-6 Sunday and Monday. Play bocce ball and enjoy brats and appetizers paired with Quenett and Copa Di Vino wine. Watch a free summer movie on the Silos. Spokane based band “Coal Bird” will be playing in the amphitheater

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River
Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River
JUST AFTER SUNRISE FROM A 7,000 FOOT ELEVATION...
JUST AFTER SUNRISE FROM A 7,000 FOOT ELEVATION OVER THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, BETWEEN THE DALLES AND THE HOOD RIVER – NARA – 548178 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8. The Pines Tasting Room and Gallery is celebrating their Tasting Room’s 6th anniversary with “a weekend of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, art, and a special 20% discount on 6+ bottle purchases” all weekend. They will have live music and dancing Friday from 6-9 and from Lolo Motion.

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon
The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

9. Waving Tree    September 1-3, 10 am-5 pm with entertainment by “The Sugar Daddies” Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm.

Visit www.ColumbiaGorgeWine.com for more information.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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