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The tour for wine and history lovers alike

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Discover the best of wine and history together!

Visit our wine tour options for the best Oregon wine tours near you: best wine tours in Willamette Valley, Dundee Wine Tours, and Wine Tours from Portland, Oregon.

Wine History Tours was founded with a simple purpose: to be the best tour provider for wine lovers and history lovers alike.

The idea for Wine History Tours was born when our founder couldn’t decide which he liked better, drinking world-class Pinot Noir or watching award-winning documentaries. The solution, wine tours for those who love wine and history alike!

If you want to go to primary wine regions, learn the history, and taste the best wines—you are our clientele and we have a tour package for you!

We are currently booking Oregon Wine Tours in the Willamette Valley with Burgundy Wine History Tours and Tuscany Wine History Tours coming soon!

The Wines of Tuscany

Join us for our travel trip to Italy in September 2024 for exclusive wines, deep history, amazing guides, boutique hotels and private transportation. Space is limited.

It is with great pleasure that we bring you a one-of-a-kind wine tour experience with elevated hospitality, top of the line amenities, and a historical narrative arc that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for your wine region of choice and its wines.

Ken Wytsma, Owner

Best Oregon Wine Tours

You have never experienced a wine tour like this before!

The Willamette Valley is rich with breathtaking scenery, however, it’s the beauty of the history behind this area that truly brings Oregon wine to life. Be prepared to fully immerse yourself into a one-of-a-kind journey as you begin to really appreciate the history behind the wines you know and love.

This must-see excursion, a short 45 minutes from Portland, will take you through the AVAs of Willamette Valley as your driver delivers captivating tales of how wine connects to world history and pop culture today. Your guide is not only well-informed, but he delivers stories in a way that connects with people from all backgrounds.

Each Willamette Valley wine tour is catered specifically to your group’s interests and needs. Whether you’re a trained historian, casual wine lover, or just enjoy new adventures, this an exciting experience for everyone who takes part! Explore our wide range of wine tours in Willamette below, or more in-depth on the wine tour page. Whether staying in Portland, Newberg or McMinnville, reach out today to learn how we can create the Oregon wine tasting trip of a lifetime for your group.

We cannot wait to share this amazing experience with you.

Oregon Pinot Tour from a Tesla Custom Winery Tour tasting

If you’re asking the question—what’s the best wine tour near me?—look no further! On this Oregon wine tour you’ll be exposed to the best:

1. History


3. Wine

4. People

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Cramoisi vineyard Dundee Hills AVA Willamette Valley tour

There’s nothing quite like getting the origin story of a place. On this custom tour of Oregon wine country, you’ll experience the:

1. Oldest Vineyards 

2. Oldest Wineries 

3. Deepest stories

4. Wines with tradition in them

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grapes as seen from Willamette Valley wine tour

On this Willamette wine tour, trace the evolution of the the region and the cult figures who have made it one of the top wine regions in the world! Get ready for:

1. Boutique wineries

2. Small production

3. Biodynamic farming and sustainability

4. Absolutely amazing wine!

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Winemaking diversity and equity

Learn about the history of Willamette Valley while meeting the women and people of color re-writing its story. Our Diversity and Equity Tour is one of the most sought after Oregon wine tours we offer!

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wine tours Willamette Valley

1. Travel to four different Oregon AVA’s all in one day! (Either custom or Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton, Ribbon Ridge and Chehalem Mountains)

2. See some of the most historic wineries of Willamette Valley, compare the differences terroir makes to the wine, and trace the beautiful landscape that unfolds from one viticultural area to another. 

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Customer Feedback

I never knew how much history would accentuate the wine tasting and experience! And if that wasn’t enough, the knowledge, attention to detail, and hospitality clinched it for us. I can’t recommend Wine History Tours enough for your Oregon Wine Tour experience!
Rachel Sheffield -- Willamette Wine Tour Experience
Rachel Sheffield
Five stars! We will certainly go with this team again our next time we're able to do a wine tour in Willamette Valley. Easy and comfortable. Our guide was connected and knowledgeable on all the up and coming spots - we got in then read about them in the next wine spectator. Loved it!
Jen Weaver's experience with Willamette wine tours
Jen Weaver
Ken Wytsma organizes a fabulous tour, whether you are enophiles or novices, a millennial or senior citizen you will enjoy his company and the tour. He picks top class wineries and arranges for ample time at each winery to taste their world class wines at an unhurried pace. The wineries he picked for our visit and the wines poured did not disappoint. We thoroughly enjoyed his Portland OR wine tour, his vast knowledge of the area and his ability as a raconteur of local wine history. He is well know among the community of winemakers and we were treated very well at every stop. We had a fantastic time and highly recommend his services.
picture of Satish enjoying wine tours Oregon
Wine History Tours brought the wine to life. I’ve been wine tasting all over the world but wine tasting with historical context brought a depth to the story that was really fun. Ken and his team are incredibly knowledgeable, down to earth, fun and in the know. They’ll also cater your wine tour Oregon to your interests. I highly recommend!
Oregon Wine Tours -- Rachel Goble
Rachel Goble
As someone who is in education and hospitality, I am so grateful for a wine experience that had a focus on the history of Oregon, integration across various subjects, and elevating the knowledge of guests in addition to world-class fun and wine.
Raina on Oregon Wine Tour
Raina Evans
Great tour! Ken was prompt on picking us up right at our Airbnb, and took us around to 4 great wineries throughout the valley. Lunch was provided at a great market. Learned a lot about the history of the Willamette Valley and the wineries around us. Cannot recommend this tour enough!!
Willamette Wine Tours
Had an amazing time with Wine History Tours! Tamara & Ken had a great itinerary for our group's Oregon wine tour, I highly recommend them!
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Adina Briggs-McConaughey

We are pleased to plan, advise, and lead custom wine travel trips for you!