Studying wine grapes in their natural habitat is much more enjoyable than exploring the dank, melancholy caverns of root beer's namesake. Stroll through blissful vineyards with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for wine tasting for two including five wine samples, a commemorative glass for each person, a bottle of 2009 Pinot Gris and a bottle of 2009 Pinot Noir (a $52 value)
- 45 for double the above wine tasting for four (a $104 value) The 2009 Pinot Gris is mild and fruity with flavors of pear, melon, and peach, while the 2009 Pinot – the youngest of the vineyard’s wines – is rich and smooth with notes of fruit and chocolate.
A Blooming Hill Vineyard
Much like the wines they produce, Jim and Holly Witte gave their romance ample time to develop—40 years time. Though they met in New York City when Holly was Jim's secretary, it wasn't until a mutual friend reintroduced them decades later that they fell in love. They exchanged vows in the teahouse overlooking their vineyard in the Willamette Valley, an area flush with wine grapes. They opened their tasting room at A Blooming Hill Vineyard two years later.
Their vineyard sits in the hills of the Chehalem Mountains on a basalt range strewn with windblown volcanic soil, protected on three sides by still taller hills and taller yet older brothers. Jim personally walks the vineyards, tending to each vine by hand to create the best conditions for full clusters to grow.
Visitors can sample the award-winning blends in the onsite tasting room, which plays host to different events each month. To sate people's curiosity, the Wittes share their fermentation process online, and to sate people's appetites, they also share the recipe for the wine-infused cake they served at the vineyard for their wedding-anniversary party.