We wandered up Oregon Highway 99W which runs north and south through the Willamette Valley west of the I-5 corridor. The pace is slow and the wineries are plentiful. It was just a matter of take your pick! In this particular case we happened on to Illahe Vineyards near Salem, Oregon. Illahe is a relatively small vineyard with a setting that took my breath away. While we did buy a couple of bottles of wine, the biggest treat was the way the winery left everything out in the open so the whole process was visible.
A very old Tommy Dorsey record was on the turntable and we just wandered around during the tasting taking it all in. It makes me smile everytime I think about that beautiful day.
|A view and the tools of the trade plus a bicycle gear! |
I didn't know how any of it worked so maybe that gear is important.
I hope your summer is as wonderful as ours. Be well!
This part of Oregon is home to several Native American tribes. The word "Illahe" is Chinook for earth, place or soil.