One of our post Wine Tourism Conference outings was to Rusty Grape Vineyard, so that we could visit our 5th state winery for our ongoing project to visit a winery in each of the 50 states. We chose this one because it was relatively close to both Portland and the home of Alina, who writes the wine blog One Girl…One Glass…An entire world of wine to explore… We had first met at this summer's Wine Bloggers Conference, so it was a great chance to see her again and Laima to meet her.
Turns out there are quite a few wineries not too far from Portland, so if you're visiting, make time to head up to the Vancouver area and taste some Washington wine.
"Welcome to Rusty Grape Vineyard, located [in] Clark County’s scenic hills just east of Battle Ground, Washington. Our passion and commitment to produce an exceptional wine is evident in our finished product. But, we enjoy a laid back approach to producing and enjoying wine with family and friends. Rusty Grape is open year-round. Join us for Wine Tasting, a Vineyard Tour, our Music & Art Events, our Wine Maker’s Dinner or Summer Movies On The Lawn."
As we drove up, we could see that grapes were being pressed, were then introduced by Alina to the owner/winemaker, then headed over to the tasting room. Even though it was a cool and wet day, the winery's tasting room is cozy and comfortable. 7 or so wines can be tasted for $5 (credited towards a purchase of $20 or more). Order some pizza and enjoy as you taste through their wines. They have several outdoors areas to enjoy as well, weather permitting.
Video souvenir of our visit to Rusty Grape
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