DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Umpqua Valley barrel tours charted a five-winery course, toasting to a very mellow Saturday.
The yellow bus pulled up to different wineries, and the wine enthusiasts poured out.
The Veraison tour visited River's Edge, Henry Estate, and Triple Oak Vineyards, just to name a few.
They snacked at different wine stations and poured themselves a glass... or two.
Michael Landt, co-owner of River's Edge Winery, says the tours are a great way to get introduced to everything wine. "It's an effortless way to do a wine tour," he said. "Wine tours are fun. You taste a lot of different wines paired with a lot of different foods. Lots of people don't have the opportunity to have someone carefully pair foods and wines, except maybe in their own home."
The five wineries spanned the entire valley from Winston to Elkton.
They sampled wines from different growing climates, from Pinot Noir in Elkton to Cabarnet, Syrah and Merlot in Winston.