Luxury charter helicopter tour and tastings at Oregon’s top Willamette valley wineries
Imagine acres of rolling vineyards in an emerald valley with white-capped Mount Hood jutting its famous silhouette into a blue Oregon sky in the background—and then toasting to world-class Pinot Noir. Oregon’s Willamette Valley—near Portland—is both a visual and a vinicultural delight, home to some 500 wineries and vineyards that produce acclaimed wine. Some say the exceptional quality of grapes here is due to the Valley’s location on the 45th parallel, a magical geographic position shared with Europe’s famed Italian Piedmont wine region and the French Bordeaux and Cotes du Rhone regions.
Treat yourself to the luxury of a private helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye view of the region and a taste of award-winning wines. A thirty-minute ride in the stylish comfort of a charter helicopter puts you in the heart of wine-growing heaven where you can indulge in exclusive tours and tastings with the cellar masters of top Oregon wineries.
Wines That Surprised the World
The idea of top-notch wine production in the Willamette Valley would have been considered laughable not so long ago. Wines in Oregon with its wet winter weather and scorching summers? But California winemakers set out to prove that cool climate vines could thrive in the Pacific Northwest, and the rest, as they say, is history. Pinot Noir—a wine with old world finesse and elegance—rules in the wine country of Willamette Valley. Oregon vineyards also grow excellent Pinot Gris grapes, as well as Chardonnay, Merlot, and Riesling.
The charm of Oregon wine country is the small size of its operations. Many family wineries produce less than 5,000 cases per year while focusing on the higher-priced segments of the market.
Fly High with Tour DeVine
Precision Helicopter’s Tour DeVine offers all the luxury touches that make a day trip unforgettable. The four-hour outing begins with gourmet snacks and a glass of champagne on the ground. Then board the helicopter for a breathtaking flight over Willamette Valley, and you’re off to the first vineyard of the day.
Their heliport sits in the middle of grape country, so you’re flying over the beautifully manicured vineyards of Ribbon Ridge just a few minutes after takeoff. Pick the wineries you want to visit, or let Precision select the best of the best for you. Consider Sokol Blosser Winery, an 85-acre estate in the Dundee Hills, the expansive Willamette Valley Vineyards, or Beaux Frères Vineyard, which was highlighted in Wine Spectator’s feature on Oregon wines. Feast on a delicious gourmet picnic that includes fresh baked goods and seasonal local fruits.
Eat, Sip, and Toast with Hillsboro Aviation
Your wine adventure with Hillsboro Aviation begins at the Portland Downtown Heliport before flying the friendly skies over Willamette Valley. You’ll delight in the broad, green vistas and the overview of vineyards before stopping at either Sokol Blosser Winery or Domaine Serene, maker of Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, their award-winning flagship wine. You’ll re-board the helicopter after an extended visit to the tasting room, but this time with a case of fine wine of your choice to keep the memories alive. Finish an ideal day with the finest in Willamette Valley cuisine at JORY. There, you’ll have the delightful problem of selecting among the 800 different wines available.
Oregon wine country’s smaller size and friendly wineries elude nothing but charm and world class varietals. You won’t find the crowds or profusion of tourists here that you might in Napa Valley or Bordeaux, and the pastoral delights of the countryside add to the sense of luxury and indulgence of the sojourn.