Why Grape Escape

We've been doing this a while

We’ve been crafting custom wine experiences in Oregon’s wine country for more than 20 years. During that time, we’re happy to say we’ve learned a thing or two.

As our wine country has emerged, we’ve forged relationships and crafted tours our customers say are ‘just right.’ Whether you are a wine novice, aficionado, or somewhere in between, we’ll create an outing with wineries matched to you. 

Your day begins when our guide meets you, shares a bit about your day, then escorts you into wine country , taking the scenic way. They’ll share info matched to your level of interest and pair food to wine during the day. Read on to learn more…

Our Guides

We feel charmed when it comes to finding exemplary people to host our tours. When you book a tour with Grape Escape, one of our esteemed ‘escape artists‘ will host your day, sharing info matched to your level of interest. You’ll enjoy them. They’ll enjoy you.

Ralph Stinton

Growing up in San Luis Obispo, Ralph developed an appreciation for agriculture and an admiration for that blossoming wine region. After an advertising career, he moved to Portland and discovered Oregon wine. Soon thereafter he launched Grape Escape. Now, most days finds him in the office arranging tours. When he does wrangle a tour, he finds it a great way to spend time with customers and invigorate his soul in the beautiful countryside.

John Davis

A retired school superintendent with the Department of Defense Schools, John served the children of U.S. military personnel in Europe and Middle East. He also learned about great wine and food. Upon his return to Oregon, he joined our team. Now a bit later he’s nearing his 1,100th tour. A recent first time grandfather, when John’s not doting on Joey, or traveling with his wife, he’s anxious to share wine country with new customers as well as his legion of fans. 

Stefany Bapst

Stefany is a true Renaissance woman with a flair for life. With a background in the restaurant industry, her input has inspired us to nicely pair food to wines during our tours. When she’s not securing off the beaten path locations for filming crews in Portland or environs, selling craft ware on Etsy, or surfing the Oregon Coast, Stefany carves out time to lead our tours. She brings it all together; hosting, sharing info and pairing food to wine. Customers rave about their days. 

David Baer

If someone asked David to describe himself, he’d go with something like “ex-pat New Yorker who found nirvana in Portland, Oregon.” But does that really describe him?  It does. Partially. David’s a loving (and fun-loving) dad and husband, a food and wine guy, theatre guy, classical music guy, and loves teaching and mentoring. When he’s not busy running his digital marketing agency, you’ll find him in wine country with us. Bonus for us; he’s cheerfully dragging us into current times by creating our new website. Thanks David.

Larry Landauer

While visiting Willakenzie Estate a few years back, we noticed the talented Mr. Landauer who was ably hosting our group. A retired nursery owner, world traveler and carpenter, we’re glad to have him on board… when he’s not off on a new adventure.  “Aside from being handsome, intelligent, suave and debonair, he is just a really sweet guy that is fun to spend the day with.” – That according to him… as well as our customers. After finishing his dream home in Roy, maybe we can snag him for a day out with you. 

Corey Schuster

After several years as a civil engineer, Corey found his truer calling following his first wine jobs with Arcane Cellars and Owen Roe. We met him at Penner-Ash, where he charmed our groups. He added to his portfolio working in Portland’s urban wine scene. Along the way, he  caught the winemaking bug. Now making wine under his own label: Jackalope Wine Cellars, when he’s not producing (or selling wine), he’s sometimes available to host tours. Customers love his winning ways.

Food and wine go together

Oregon wine is quite nice by itself; but with food it’s superb. 

In fact, some of our guests tell us it’s a game changer in terms of truly appreciating what Oregon wine is all about. Nicely balanced wines made to go with meals. 

That’s why, when wineries allow, we’ll pair food to their wines during our visits. Whether it be progressive appetizers, a locally sourced sit down lunch or a relaxed family style dinner, we’ll take care to match the food to the wine and occasion. 

A comfortable ride

We provide comfortable transportation along scenic roads in our much admired ‘running grape’ vehicles. They’re great for the views they afford and the way they allow us to travel scenic roads and visit wineries not open to larger vehicles. Each seats up to 10 comfortably. If your group is larger, we’ll add a vehicle (or two) and guide (or two) so you can enjoy the ride yet have plenty of time to visit with your group, rather large or small, at the wineries. Customers say they appreciate the smiles they see when our vehicles arrive.  A welcoming way to begin your wine country day.