If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon to Wine Lover Tours. Choose between the following options:
• For $79, you get a Wine Lovers wine-tasting tour (a $160 value). Wine Lovers tours are held on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
• For $139, you get an Artevino wine-tasting tour and painting expedition (a $280 value). Artevino tours are held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wine Lover Tours' spirited guides escort small groups on wine-sipping excursions through Oregon wine country’s rolling hills and expansive vineyards. The Wine Lovers wine-tasting tour whisks wine seekers away to three different wineries, where they’ll get to sip varietals, listen to staff members narrate each note and nuance, and write love letters to nature’s most dynamic fruit. Along the way, tour-goers will learn about Oregon’s grape-growing culture and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the King Estate’s winemaking operation and jesters’ quarters. To keep customers from attempting to take naps in empty wine barrels, an included lunch from Ratatouille Bistro anchors tasters’ stomachs with mouthwatering organic fare such as chicken caesar salads, ham-and-swiss-cheese sandwiches, and caprese sandwiches.
The artistic Artevino tours place small groups in the care of award-winning painters Silvia Trujillo and Yvonne Manipon. In addition to visiting three wineries for samples and history lessons, Artevino tourists also get to work with their artist guides to sketch or paint grapes, vineyards, and clouds that resemble Emeril Lagasse.