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Columbia Gorge wineries pair hiking with wine
Several members of the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association will help lead tourists on hiking/wine tasting trips April 13-14 near the Columbia River, an activity referred to as “wiking.”
The hikes are in conjunction with the Columbia Gorge Winery Passport Weekend and a part of a effort called Gorge Towns to Trails, a mission supported by Luke Bradford, owner/winemaker for COR Cellars in Lyle, Wash.
“Friends of the Gorge and the Lyle community are working together to design and establish a network of trails connecting the town of Lyle to the Cherry Orchard Trail and hopefully further east towards Dallesport,” Bradford said in a news release. “Although still in the planning stages, these trails would provide extensive hiking and biking trails for Gorge residents and visitors to take advantage of the beautiful wildlands surrounding Lyle.”
Wine-related hikes on both sides of Columbia River
On Saturday, April 13, the Cherry Blossoms and Wine hike begins at Orchard View Farms in The Dalles, Ore. (Online registration is required). Orchardists Bob & Barbara Bailey will discuss their sustainable growing practices while leading tourists through their blossoming cherry trees. The 4-mile trip ends hike at Dry Hollow Vineyards for a wine tasting. That evening, there will be a tasting with Aniche Cellars and Jacob Williams Winery at the Celilo Inn, in The Dalles.
On Sunday, April 14, AlmaTerra Wines owner Alan Busacca, a retired Washington State University geologist and an expert in the Ice Age Floods, will lead the Catherine Creek Flowers and Wine Tasting hike along the wildflowers and cliffs of Catherine Creek in Lyle, Wash. Guests will be treated to a wine tasting at a Lyle-area winery.
The Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area, established in 2004, is less than an hour’s drive east of the Portland/Vancouver area.