Living Social @PDX: Touring the tiny (Helvetia) Winery
Yesterday we used a Living Social deal-of-the-day coupon for a winery tour at Helvetia Winery. It included wine tasting and samples of Native American fishery catches on the Columbia River plus a wonderful lesson in history and Columbia River Inter-tribal Fisheries. The coupon only said winery tour and smoked salmon. Little did we know that we were in for a wonderful afternoon.
The winery is located off of Yungen Rd north of Hillsboro. The tasting room is at home in a very old house that has been converted minimally leaving the kitchen intact with an adjoining small living area. The biggest change to the old house is the deck out in back and picnic tables located on the lawn. We were lucky enough to find a music group performing on the back deck and a group of small dog owners picnicking and wandering around with tiny fuzzy pets in tow. When we sat a small dog made itself at home in my daughter's lap.
The wine making facility is located a quarter of a mile from the old house. That is what we had come to learn about. Platt gave us pointing directions and we ventured off to find him and his wine making facility located beside a dusty road. We wandered through a tree farm and a wild grass field with a barn as our directional guide. What a wonderful thing to do on a beautiful summer day.
|Winery summer on the deck!|
Because he was or is a lawyer representing the local Native American tribes, he has a depth of knowledge about history and the impact of the Native Americans on our area. He told us about a Native American burial ground is located south of the winery. He talked about a battle that took place very near the farm when the Klickitat Tribe decided to move south of the Columbia River. He invites the tribal members to share his property for sales of their Columbia River fishery caught salmon.
He talked about geology and wine making and things that wine makers must have to make their product. Filters and corking machines, a fork lift, a small crush machine and a lot of fermenting vats, oak barrels and stainless steel barrels filled the space and were toys that he loved to talk about.
When we tasted a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir he had created, we liked them both. I bought two bottles to use for a family gathering later this fall. I don't believe I have ever enjoyed a "winery tour" so much. It was just fun. On top of that we laughed at him and ourselves for the free spirited nature of the whole thing. This is just the kind of a low key place we seek out.
We love Living Social, Groupon, Google and any other deal-of-the-day websites that offers discounts on cool stuff. These business allow us to see and do things we had not even thought of and it gives businesses, small and large, an opportunity to introduce their products to the public. Everyone wins. We have gotten bark dust, eaten out at very nice restaurants and now we have made a back country drive to take a winery tour. It has worked every time for us.
Have a wonderful day.
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