The word tour, derived from the Latin for "circle," describes the shape tour groups create as they surround and attack their "guide," which is French for "fact piñata." Obtain candied information by any means necessary with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a VIP wine tour for four people at Duck Pond Cellars in Dundee (an $80 value).
Duck Pond Cellars' winemakers craft award-winning white, red, and specialty wines using grapes culled from the winery's off-site 840 acres of vineyards. During the 60–90 minute tour, groups of 10 or fewer guests tour the facility, as a Duck Pond connoisseur expounds on the winemaking process, invites oenophiles to sample wines-in-waiting, and emcees a barrel-juggling competition. Guests can sample six bottled wines, including two premium varieties, which tantalize gullets with a host of fermented flavors, and dark chocolates complement the winery's self-titled port, when available. Duck Pond's vine-berries spend their childhoods in Oregon's Willamette Valley or Washington's Wahluke Slope before journeying to their barrel-shaped chrysalises and blossoming into full-bodied wines.
Chat with fellow connoisseurs while noshing on a light appetizer platter or admire rosé-tinted reflections in keepsake logo glasses. Duck Pond’s expansive, flower-bedecked patio encourages unhurried sniffing, sipping, and belching, while the winery's koi pond exudes tranquility.
Duck Pond Cellars
Drawing on grapes from nearly 900 acres of Northwestern vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette and Umpqua Valleys and Washington’s Wahluke Slope, Duck Pond Cellars staff have created a variety of award winning varietals. That list includes its silky and smooth Syrah, which won a silver medal from last year’s San Francisco International Wine Competition. Overseen by father-son duo Doug and Greg Fries, the team painstakingly crafts wines that visitors can sip on at the winery’s tasting room. Purchase a bottle for yourself, a friend, or for your imaginary alter-ego at the gift shop.
23145 Hwy 99W
Dundee, Oregon 97115