A trip to wine country doesn’t have to mean a 60 minute haul down I-5 or 99. Tucked just 30 minutes down Highway 26 sit some worthy examples of Oregon wine amidst the bucolic landscape and quaint small towns. Explore them this month on the North Willamette Valley Wine Trail, where you can sample wines from 24 wineries while learning about the industry with hands-on activities—from grafting your own vine to enjoying food pairings designed to help compare sake and wine—at each winery stop. Tickets are $45 for both days.
Whether you make it out this month or not, there are a few places you don’t want to miss. View our slideshow to learn about some of our favorite wineries, restaurants, and hotels.
When: Mar 31–Apr 1 (2012) Apr 13 & 14, 2013
Where: North Willamette Valley