If one of our guests has a hankering for a great glass of wine, they could almost fall out the front door of the Hood River Hotel and hit a tasting room.
One of our favorites is that of Springhouse Cellar. It’s the first winery in Oregon to promote use of refillable bottles by its regular, local customers (it may be the first to do this anywhere, but we haven’t checked). A one-liter refillable sells for the same price as one of its traditional 750 ml wine bottles. The first purchase includes the $5 cost of the bottle.
It’s no wonder the refillables have been a huge success: More wine, less money, no waste.
Winemaker Carey Kienitz fills one of Springhouse Cellar's reusable wine bottles.
Tucked two blocks from the front door of the Hood River Hotel, at the far east end of the parking lot that also serves the Mt. Hood Railroad, the tasting room fronts a large meeting space. Anchoring a lower level are the winery and an outdoor patio area surrounded by concrete walls. As lore has it, the walls were once the foundation of the Hood River Distillers.
It’s a great space for group events, sitting outside, sipping wine under the summer sky, sheltered from the prevailing westerly breezes.
And what wine. Winemaker Carey Kienitz crafts something for every palate. These days, the lineup includes a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc on the white side, and five reds — a pinot noir, the Ruins Red blend (dominated by sangiovese), a syrah, cabernet sauvignon and petit sirah.
Wine lovers enjoy tables on the front patio of Springhouse Cellar.
“We can also do custom blends for weddings and other events,” says Trina Riemersma, marketing manager.
Kienitz says his goal is to celebrate the diversity of the grapes grown in the Columbia Gorge. He says this approach has led him to release wines reflective of the different climate zones north and south, east and west along the big river.
Cool climate wines would include German (Alsatian) styles and Oregon’s favorite Burgundian, pinot noir; moderate climate varietals such as sauvignon blanc and syrah; and warm climate wines such as viognier and cabernet.
The facility supports a busy event schedule, ranging from presentations by local nonprofits to family get-togethers and parties. Looking to booking? Contact events manager Angel Green.