Unlike coastal Oregon, the Hood River Valley is actually rather arid and sunny. Situated where the Cascade Mountains meet the mighty Columbia River Gorge, the climate and topography here are unique. Aside from lending itself to every type of outdoor recreation imaginable, Hood River also boasts spectacular natural scenery and a world-class wine region.
Spend your days hiking, kayaking, windsurfing (Hood River is considered the world capital for this sport!), or visiting natural hot springs. Then head to one of the best Hood River wineries to toast the day’s adventures and take in the incredible views.
Hood Crest Winery and Distillers
Hood Crest Patio Mt. Hood view | Image source: Hood Crest Winery
Located in the Fruit Loop area of Hood River wineries, Hood Crest is best known for its small-batch Cabernet Sauvignon and specialty blends, as well as wood-fired pizzas and fruit-distilled spirits. The winery is child- and dog-friendly, often has live music, and offers guests complimentary bowls of grapes.
- Location: Hood River Fruit Loop
- Type of wines produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, blends
- Offerings: Hood Crest offers tasting flights in a casual setting
- How to book a tasting: Stop in Thursday-Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Image source: Stoltz Winery
Of all the Hood River wineries, Stoltz arguably has the richest history. Its home is the oldest building in Hood River, a remarkably well-maintained mansion that was built in 1896 and once served as a morgue. Local legend says that there’s a friendly house ghost, so be sure to ask about that during your visit! Take your wine out to the deck and enjoy beautiful views of the Gorge.
- Location: Downtown Hood River
- Type of wines produced: Chardonnay, Old World-style blends
- Offerings: Casual tastings
- How to book a tasting: Walk in on weekends from 12-5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Ridge Winery
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Cathedral Ridge Winery stands out among Hood River wineries. The grounds are impeccable, making it hard to believe you’re just outside downtown. It’s also one of Hood River’s most award-winning wineries, as demonstrated by its extensive wine list.
- Location: Hood River proper, minutes from downtown
- Type of wines produced: Riesling, Bordeaux, white blends
- Offerings: Wine tastings; choose from Standard, Reserve, or Barrel Tasting Immersion
- How to book a tasting: Book online or call (541) 386-2882
Image source: Cerulean Wine
Cerulean takes the term “family-owned” to another level, with the owners personally picking and pruning the vines. The award-winning winery focuses on simple, “pure” growing methods to allow the grapes to shine. Stop into the tasting room just off the main strip downtown, and bring the kiddos and dogs, too.
- Location: Downtown Hood River
- Type of wines produced: Chardonnay, Tempranillo, and Pinot Noir
- Offerings: Casual tastings and wine flights
- How to book a tasting: First-come, first-served; parties of five or more can make a reservation by calling (503) 308-9137
Image source: Savage Grace Wines
Technically, Savage Grace is on the Washington side of the Columbia River. But it’s so close to Hood River — and so unique — that it deserves a spot on any list of Hood River wineries. Aside from producing some incredible French-inspired wines, the winery has stunning views overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.
- Location: Just across the bridge in Underwood, Washington
- Type of wines produced: Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Riesling
- Offerings: By-appointment-only weekend tastings in the tasting room
- How to book a tasting: Call or text to make an appointment: (206) 920-4206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Formerly called Naked Winery, Evoke has several locations including a lovely tasting room in downtown Hood River. The dog-friendly patio has a large courtyard and stunning Columbia River Gorge views, as well as several seating arrangements including lounge chairs and sofas.
- Location: Downtown
- Type of wines produced: Chardonnay, Tempranillo, red blends
- Offerings: Single tastings or 8-wine flights, plus snacks and desserts
- How to book a tasting: First-come, first-serve, but reservations are accepted; email email@example.com
Image source: Syncline Winery
Another winery technically on the Washington side of the Gorge, Syncline is well worth the trip across the border. It frequently tops “best of” Hood River wineries lists, and for good reason. Aside from outstanding French-style wines, the winery itself is gorgeous. There are indoor and outdoor spaces, with hammocks, cornhole, and picnic tables.
- Location: 20 minutes from Hood River in Lyla, WA
- Type of wines produced: Syrah, Grenache blanc, Mourvedre
- Offerings: Seated outdoor wine tastings, including fire pit or garden seating
- How to book a tasting: Reservations required; book online
The Gorge White House
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This fourth-generation family-owned winery and cidery is situated in a historic Dutch Colonial Revival home built in 1910 and surrounded by acres of fruit orchards. The U-pick option allows visitors to bring home whatever’s in season, and the food cart serves what locals swear is the area’s best burger.
- Location: In the Fruit Loop on Mount Hood Scenic Byway
- Type of wines produced: Fruit-forward varietals including chardonnay, rosé, and the signature Heritage Pear wine
- Offerings: Wine tastings, lunch from the food cart, u-pick fruit and flowers
- How to book a tasting: Hours change seasonally; stop in or call ahead
Hiyu Wine Farm
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Hiyu Wine Farm is doing things differently than other Hood River wineries. Inspired by the farm-to-table gastronomy in Italy, Hiyu’s biodynamic farm focuses on a lot more than wine. Food is at its core, too, so all wine tastings are expertly paired with snacks. The vibe is rustic-chic, with stunning views and long communal tables.
- Location: South of town near the airfield
- Type of wines produced: Pinot noir and specialty blends
- Offerings: Experiences at Hiyu include the Tavern Tasting, Wine Farmer’s Lunch, and Feast
- How to book a tasting: Make reservations on Tock at least 48 hours in advance
Image source: Vietno Winery Facebook
Viento Wines embodies the term “tiny but mighty.” The winery is indeed tiny, but the wines pack a tremendous punch and the staff has a well-earned reputation for being exceedingly knowledgeable and hospitable. That should come as no surprise, as Viento is owned by Hood River native and highly-respected winemaker Rich Cushman.
- Location: Hood River Fruit Loop
- Type of wines produced: Riesling, Pinot noir, and sparkling
- Offerings: Tastings and picnics (bring your own supplies) in a relaxed setting
- How to book a tasting: Reservations recommended; call (541) 386-3026
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