Venture into the United States’ newest designated wine region nestled in the Lewis-Clark Valley to try some award-winning vintages on a historic and culinary adventure. Designated in just 2016, these 306,658 acres of picturesque, rolling vineyards are the valley’s third appellation and Washington State's 14th. Throughout, you’ll be joined by a local sommelier who also happens to be a historian and is ideally suited to illuminate all you see—and sample.
Cheers! One of the wineries we'll be visiting, Clearwater Canyon Cellars, was named “2020 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest.
Day 1 - Arrive Spokane, WA
Transfer by private vehicle to the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel to check in. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to explore on your own or relax. (D)
Day 2 - Lewiston History and Wine Tour
Meet your private guide in the hotel lobby for a day of exploration of the Lewis-Clark Valley. Begin with a visit to the Nez Perce National Historic Park to learn about the traditional home of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people and how they continued their ways of life during the European settlement of the United States. Continue to the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum where you will learn about the area’s history, including the Nez Perce, the Lewis and Clark Expedition of Discovery, the Camas Prairie Railroad, and river navigation.
Enjoy an olive oil and vinegar tasting experience followed by lunch at Ampersand Oil and Vinegar Taphouse. After lunch, cross the street to Vine 46, where a group of friends established a tasting room in an old service station located in downtown Lewiston. Sample their eclectic variety of red wines and small sampling of whites. Good to the last drop, every one of their wines submitted to the 2018 Cascadia Wine Competition won a medal.
Continue to Clearwater Canyon Cellars, a vital part of the wine culture of the region. Their wine maker, Dr. Coco Umiker, Ph.D., is known throughout the industry, and has been invited to judge the prestigious Cascadia Wine Competition each year. Housed on Umiker Estates—owned by the Umiker/Nichols family who have farmed these lands for the last 100 years—the wines at this vineyard will not disappoint.
The remainder of the evening is on your own. Return to the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel or take a complimentary hotel shuttle to enjoy downtown Lewiston. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Embark
Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the National Geographic Quest in time for embarkation.
Costs & What's Included
Arrival and departure transfer, 2 nights hotel accommodation, meals, guides, and transportation with group activities, as described in the itinerary.