Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the fountain of youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $11, you get a wine tasting for two and two logo-print wine glasses (a $22 value), plus 10% off in-store purchases made during the same day at Ankeny Vineyard. Ankeny Vineyard handcrafts small batches of tongue dye inspired by its pastoral orchard setting along the southern slopes of the Salem Hills. Swirl, sniff, and sip eight grape transfusions (one white, one rose, five reds, and one dessert) while you and your sommelier sidekick overlook the 2,800-acre Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. The award-winning pinot noirs deliver robust flavors, complex aromas, and the ability to speak in fluent pheasant. Take advantage of a 10% in-store discount on the day of redemption and savor newly adopted libations from two souvenir Ankeny Vineyard wine glasses.
In the mild climes of the Willamette Valley, gentle slopes and low elevation nurture the 35 acres of wine grapes that produce Ankeny Vineyard's collection of pinot noir, pinot gris, and other signature wines. Vineyard owner Joe Olexa planted his first grapes in 1982, and with the help of winemaker Andy Thomas, the varietals have stood the test of time to become perennial award-winners at the Oregon State Fair and beyond. Visitors converse on the winery's patio over glasses of pinot noir and mélange blanc, surveying the scenic Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge and its droves of migratory waterfowl. An onsite outdoor, wood-burning pizza oven allows for wines to balance with the flavors of melted cheese on weekends during the summer months, which will have to suffice until cheese agrees to be bottled.