The OAEP regularly offers community/social events, including an annual wine tour and summer social.

OAEP Special Event - Taste the Terroir Tour  

Taste the Terroir Tour 
June 20, 2015
1721 SW Broadway

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Garage parking available at the corner of Broadway & Mill for $6 (purchase ticket at parking structure 1 located on 6th and Harrison)
Ride Max Green or Yellow line southbound to PSU/SW 5th & Mill St. stop
Ride Streetcar southbound to SW Park & Market stop or northbound to SW Park & Mill stop

This year, the OAEP wine tour will return to the Columbia River Gorge to visit three excellent wineries : Marchesi Winery, Viento Winery, and WyEast Winery. 

Dr. Scott Burns, Emeritus Professor of Geology at Portland State University, a long-standing OAEP Board Member, and our resident Terroirist will host the annual tour.  Terroir is a French term used to describe the relationship between geology, soils, climate and the differences in wines.  It is a taste of the place.  Dr. Burns, who has been studying terroir since the 1970s.   

•    Time:  Leave 10:00 AM and return at 5:30 PM from 1721 SW Broadway.  
•    Cost per person: $55 (Price includes all tasting fees)
•    Bring your own picnic lunch and some water

EcoShuttle has sponsored a portion of this outing.  Please consider EcoShuttle for your next group transportation need.

Event Schedule –   

10:00 am: Leave from PSU, corner Broadway and Mill 

11:00 am - 1 pm: Marchesi Winery in Hood River - great selection of Italian style wines (Dolcetto, Barbera, etc) and eat your picnic lunches - special style wine tasting

1:15 pm - 3 pm: Viento Winery - Rich Cushman, most famous wine maker in the Gorge with a winemaking history in the region of greater than 30 years

3:20 pm - 5:00 pm: WyEast Winery - highest vineyards in Hood River Valley; Peter Cushman is the wine maker and is the son of Rich

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Arrive at 1721 SW Broadway Street

You will have a chance to buy wines at all of the wineries.  We are able to keep the wine tour fee low because our guests consistently support the wineries through wine purchases.

For additional information, contact:
Dr. Scott Burns (503-725-3389) or email him at
John Foxwell, President (503-924-4704, ext. 1915) or email at