North Willamette Vintners Harvest Trail & Grand Tasting

Tickets on sale for the second annual behind-the-scenes harvest trail with harvest activities in the vineyard, crush pad and winery

gardenvineyardsHillsboro, Oregon (September 6, 2012) —Wine enthusiasts who dream of a vintner’s life can now roll up their sleeves and participate in Oregon’s 2012 Harvest alongside the valley’s best vineyard managers and winemakers during the North Willamette Harvest Trail & Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Guests will visit three different wineries throughout the day to learn about the winemaking process from vineyard to crush pad to winery. Along the way, guests can walk through the vines, assist with punch downs and taste-test the wines. They will also enjoy light food pairings and a wine country picnic lunch. Educated (and humorous) wine industry tour guides including winemakers and proprietors will narrate each winery visit. The day’s tour will culminate with a Grand Tasting event at Garden Vineyards, where all North Willamette Vintner wineries will pour their wines paired with light appetizers. Guests will receive a commemorative wine glass and exclusive North Willamette Vintner mixed case discounts.

“Last year was our first year offering a behind-the-scenes tour of our busy wine grape harvest and the event was a huge success,” said Juanita Lint, owner of Plum Hill Vineyards and president of the North Willamette Vintners. “Most people don’t have the opportunity to help prepare for harvest, but during Harvest Trail guests receive a hands-on wine adventure and can help sort grapes, assist with a punch down, learn about canopy management and prepare wine barrels.”

TICKETS: (On Sale Now)
Saturday, October 6, 2012 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
o $79 includes the full-day Harvest Trail from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Grand Tasting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., transportation, guided tour and harvest activities, lunch, wine tastings, light appetizers, North Willamette Vintners wine glass, and canvas tote bag with wine purchases at the Grand Tasting event.
o $35 includes Grand Tasting Only from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Garden Vineyards, North Willamette Vintners logo glass, wine tastings, light appetizers and canvas tote bag with wine purchases.
o For tickets, please visit the October calendar of events at or click here for a direct link to ticket sales.

About North Willamette Vintners
Located near the northern boundary of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region, North Willamette Vintners is a cluster of independent wineries crafting fine wines from the valley’s most fertile land. Passionate, creative and diverse, this young industry association is made up of 43 members representing wineries, tasting rooms and wine tourism partners throughout the northern reaches of the Willamette Valley. Most of the wineries are located just outside Portland in the nearby communities of Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston, Helvetia, Hillsboro and Tigard. On the road to Oregon’s scenic coast and to the heart of the Willamette Valley, the North Willamette Valley wine region is easily accessible for a day trip or weekend excursion. For more information, a custom trip planner and profiles of member wineries, please visit Follow North Willamette Vintners on Facebook for news and event updates.