by: COURTESY PHOTO: APOLLONI VINEYARDS - Apolloni Vineyards staff work on sorting through the grape harvest. Alfredo Apolloni said this years harvest has been outstanding.Fight the chill of this damp fall while enjoying the fruits of one of Oregon’s fastest growing agricultural crops.

Saturday, Oct. 5, take the day to go wine tasting at three local vineyards.

It’s harvest time, and nine local wineries are participating in this year’s North Willamette Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting event.

Those who sign up will meet at Tualatin Estate Vineyards, 10850 NW Seavey Road in Forest Grove, and hop on a bus to be chauffeured to three different wineries, where they will have the chance to meet professional vintners, walk through rows of grapes, help in the winery, and enjoy samplings of each business’s libations and snacks.

Learn about the industry and region from the bus tour guide and enjoy the scenery as fall colors start to appear.

Each bus will embark on a different route. David Hill Winery and Vineyard, Montinore Estate, Kramer Vineyards, Apolloni Vineyards, Patton Valley Vineyard and Elk Cove Vineyards are on the route.

After the visits, tourists will meet back at Tualatin Estate, where 20 different wineries will be set up for tastings from 4 to 6 p.m.

Departure is at 10 a.m. Tickets are $95, and include tastings, bus seat and lunch.

There are also a limited number of tickets available for just the afternoon grand tasting, which are $45.

For more information and tickets, visit or call 503-941-0609.

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