Any time is wine time in the Tualatin Valley, but wineries near Beaverton pull out all the stops (or corks) in the warm sunny days before harvest season descends. Loops and trails wind their way through at least 35 wineries and tasting rooms in this northern tip of the larger Willamette Valley wine region. Here are some of the best vino happenings and adventures this summer in the Tualatin Valley, within about 30 minutes of Beaverton.
July 14, 2018
12:00 pm- 4:00 pm
First up is a celebration of Rosé in July, hosted by 28 of the self-described “profoundly particular, passionate producers of the potable pink that is Rosé.” It’s hosted by Patton Valley Vineyard, which flings open the doors and vineyards for a full day of live music, tastings, picnicking and vineyard strolling. This year, you’ll hear the tunes of Will West & the Friendly Strangers while dining on cuisine from Portland’s Crown Paella and R&R Catering. One ticket price covers the whole shebang.
FOREST GROVE UNCORKED!
August 18, 2018
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This one is an all-city shindig taking over Main Street in Forest Grove, about 20 minutes from Beaverton. Local wines of the valley splash into glasses throughout downtown, along with craft micro-brews and street food galore. Even gourmet chefs show up, doling out haute cuisine on paper plates. Live music will get your feet itching, but that’s okay – street dancing is part of the fun. There’s also a raffle to win a barrel of wine swag. Proceeds go to charity.
Quilt Barn and Wine Trail
The art of quilting is making a comeback in a big way, and what better to pair it with than the art of making wine? A web of vineyards, wineries, barns, farms, quilters, artists, nurseries, diners and even a bison ranch have put together one of the most unique wine trails in the country. You can do this one any time of year, although summer and autumn weather is a big plus. Check the Tualatin Valley website for more details, but here’s a “taste” of what you’ll experience on the Quilt Barn and Wine Trail.
From Forest Grove, you’ll curve along country roads to spy brilliantly hued quit patterns painted on rustic barns, starting with the “Butterfly Block” pattern at VanderZanden Farm and then dozens more designs including Covered Wagon, Eight-Pointed Star, Dresden Plate, New York Beauty and American Star.
There are plenty of places to refresh along the way, with fruit-infused sake at SakeOne Brewery, the Red Velvet dessert wine at Plum Hill Vineyards, Mingle white blend at Blooming Hill, and buckets–full of pinot noir made from Oregon’s signature grape. You’ll also be able to stop at farm stores, berry cafes and cafes along the route.
Say howdy to the folks at Cruise in Country, a 50s-style joint sizzling up burgers made from local grass-fed beef, alpaca and bison. One Horse Tavern in Gaston stays open with a late-night menu, and the quirky Maggie’s Buns gets you started bright and early with yummy house–made cinnamon buns.
Living the Tualatin Valley lifestyle is easy when making your home in one of our Beaverton apartment communities. Call today for more information or stop by for a tour!