The Pacific Northwest is full of interesting and beautiful travel destinations. From thick forests full of awe-inspiring lush green trees to Crater Lake’s remarkably pristine water, and each gorgeous valley in between, there is no lack of adventure. Of particular enjoyment is the bicycle-friendly nature of Oregon and Washington. Bicycle advocates throughout both states have worked tirelessly to create a region where cycling is a mode of transportation that closely rivals the automobile. Many travel destinations within both states are easily accessible by bicycle and organized rides to these destinations are ample.
The Willamette Valley is world renowned for exceptional wine production, particularly Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. This magnificent wine region is a popular travel destination in Oregon because it offers premium wine tasting and can be toured by bicycle or car. Cycling through the Willamette Valley is a rewarding experience filled with rolling hills, open skies, and winding pathways. Some of the acclaimed wineries found in the Willamette Valley are Bergström’s de Lancellotti Vineyard, The Eyrie Vineyards, Cristom Louise Vineyard, and Shea Wine Cellars.
An example of a recent travel-by-bike destination in the Willamette Valley wine region is the annual Harvest Century ride, which featured the Montinore Estate vineyard. The stop was part of a 100-mile loop which guided cyclists on a challenging ride through the Chehalem Mountain Range. The weather was partly cloudy but perfectly cool for such a rigorous ride. Montinore Estate sits atop a secluded hill accessible from a long vine-laden driveway. When you reach the winery, you park your bicycle and head to the prepared tables full of delectable treats and wine flights.
This 230-acre winery and vineyard is owned by a descendant of Italian immigrants who was raised with a love of wine. Even though Oregon is a very wet state, Montinore has managed to figure out the delicate balance of climate and varietal, enabling their vineyards to produce premium Pinots. Located nearly 30 miles outside of Portland, this relaxing travel destination is easily manageable in a day by car or bicycle. The scenery along the way is diverse and breathtaking and with some advanced research, you could easily plan some other interesting stops along the way.