The dramatic, erosive beauty of the Columbia River - which runs from Canada through Washington and along the Washington-Oregon border - is today its own appellation thanks to the fertile river soil and temperate climate suitable for wine grape cultivation. From hardy, cool-weather Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Reislings and other white varietals to warmer climate Syrahs, Zinfandels, Cabernets and Barberas; good wines are plentiful in this region.
With 50 wineries and 29,000 acres of vineyards, the Columbia River area has a generous supply of wineries to visit and wines to taste during your stay. There are also numerous outdoor activities to partake in, such as kitesurfing and parasailing, particularly in the eastern part of the Gorge where winds can reach very high speeds. No matter the weather, there is always excellent walleye and sturgeon fishing. In winter, Mt. Hood offers North America's longest ski season, including night-skiing areas, and great slopes to learn how to ski or snowboard. And in springtime, 6,000 acres of cherry trees bloom along the river - a beautiful site to behold.
This region is steeped in history, as Lewis and Clark travelled this river in search of the Pacific Ocean. There are a variety of outdoor activities to meet the needs of any adventurer. The Columbia River Valley in beautiful Oregon is home to some of the state's best quality, most delicious wines.