65 miles east of Vancouver, WA and 8 miles north of Hood River, OR,
Wind River Cellars isn't exactly a Willamette
Valley Vineyard. Just outside of White Salmon, WA, the vineyard
is part of a partnership with River Drifters, a white water rafting
company who runs trips on the White Salmon River nearby. River
Drifters offers a trip (which we took) where after your rafting trip,
you can sample wines and have a barbecue at the Wind River Cellars
tasting room. The ambience is different...upon parking in a
gravel parking lot, you approach a large wooden barn. Above the
only door is a sign for the tasting room. The old farmhouse
houses the small, empty tasting
room, where you can sample most, but not all, of their 10 varieties of
Red, White, and Port wines. The wines themselves proved to be
quite ordinary, but we enjoyed a glass while downing our barbecue
(hamburgers and dogs). The view from the deck/sitting area is
nice, but trees block most of the horizon. We didn't find any of
the wines to be worth taking home, so we just sampled, ate and left.
reach the Wind River Cellars tasting room, take the Hood River Bridge
from I-84 in Oregon, and travel up highway 141 to the small town of
Husum, where you hang a left on gravel Spring Creek Road.
You can see more photos of the vineyard in our
Oregon Slide Show.