- Published: Friday, 14 August 2015 09:00
- Written by Karla Erovick
A desire for a wine holiday was the reason I found myself driving along country roads surrounded by vineyards and rural farmlands in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I recently discovered the joy of combining wine tasting with travel as a wonderful way to experience a place. This flourishing wine region exists because visionary growers didn’t heed critics who claimed that wine grapes would not grow here (happily those critics were wrong). Today, the area is synonymous with Pinot Noir and boasts more than 300 wineries. I had heard the wine industry here is dominated by family-owned wineries where a warm welcome awaits, likened to Napa in the 1980s. Having been away for 30 years, I couldn’t wait to see for myself.