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In wine country, harvest season begins long before grapes ripen to a vivid, sweetly aromatic shade of blue. It begins with relationships. “I have to cultivate those far in advance,” explains Brianne Day, the industrious 35-year-old behind Day Wines. After eight years of traveling the wine regions of the world and working harvest seasons in Argentina, New Zealand, France, and the Willamette Valley, the Oregon native was finally ready to make her own wine in 2012—but she didn’t have any land. And she didn’t want any. So like many other young, determined winemakers, she cobbled her dream ...(Read Full Article)
In the not too distant past, planting wine grapes in Oregon was a novel idea. Many Oregon vineyard sites were as small as two to four acres. The Oregon Economic Development Commission published a promotional brochure encouraging the establishment of wine grape vineyards. Pioneers like Dick Erath were still working their day jobs. In 1971, this was the environment in which Cal Knudsen and his wife, Julia Lee, purchased 200 acres of land in what is now the Dundee Hills AVA.(Read Full Article)
Here is not where you might expect to find wine. The route is a concrete and metal mashup of auto body shops, paper processing plants and abandoned warehouses. Used parts are stacked on most street corners, soon to be moved by forklift into dusty spaces where sounds of heavy machinery are muffled by half-open garages. Trains yawn from the nearby rail yard and Portland’s skyline peeks between trees framing the Willamette River.(Read Full Article)
By Jim Gullo
There are wine country-founding families who lived here when David Lett planted his Pinot Noir vines almost 50 years ago in the Dundee Hills. Then there is Jerry Owen, who, with wife Elaine, established Lady Hill Winery outside Newberg about two years ago.(Read Full Article)
Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES)
Yamhill County has the largest area planted to vineyards than any other county in Oregon, with over 80 wineries and 200 vineyards. Six of Oregon’s AVAs (American Viticulture Areas) are either completely or somewhat within Yamhill county: Chehalem Mountains AVA, Dundee Hills AVA, Eola-Amity Hills AVA, McMinnville AVA, Ribbon Ridge AVA, and Yamhill-Carlton District AVA – all a part of the larger Willamette Valley AVA. The county also boasts an impressive agricultural industry that includes horticulture, wheat, barley, dairy farming and thousands of acres planted to orchards; orchards that grow peaches like no place else on ...(Read Full Article)
The compelling story of Jimi Brooks, who died much too young but left behind an amazing legacy, has been a decade in the making. Though written about many times over the course of 10 years, it merits recounting and updating.
Earlier this month, Brooks Winery unveiled its handsome, new 12,000-square-foot winery, commanding a sweeping view from atop the Eola Hills.(Read Full Article)
WILLAMETTE VALLEY BY DESIGN
Admit it: Wine country isn’t just about the wine. It’s about the unfolding views, the earthy-sweet aromas, the ethereal blankets of fog, and the impression that you are a part of the landscape, rooted as firmly in the soil as the vines themselves. And just as the Willamette Valley’s wine has evolved from pinot purism to a more adventurous array of varietals, tasting rooms have begun to depart from their traditional faux-Mediterranean urges, riffing instead on Oregon’s farmhouse vernacular and that verdant, rolling landscape. Across the valley, vintners are channeling their perspectives ...(Read Full Article)
Knudsen Vineyards, one of Oregon’s most storied vineyard properties and longtime grower for Argyle Winery, is launching its own wines.
The four children of Oregon winegrowing pioneer, Cal Knudsen, have just released 125 cases of 2012 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir. A limited quantity of wine is being made available for purchase by phone at (503) 580-1596 for $55.00 per bottle.
Starting in the early 1970’s, Knudsen Vineyards produced wine under its own label and also supplied grapes to Knudsen Erath Winery, a partnership established in 1975 between Cal Knudsen and Dick Erath, said Page Knudsen Cowles, managing ...(Read Full Article)
You can’t get water from a rock. But in northern Oregon, delicious, highly coveted wines are being made with grapes that literally sprout from a bed of stones. Here’s everything you need to know about The Rocks region.
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Located in Oregon, a few miles south of the Washington state line, The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater will soon be declared an official American Viticultural Area (AVA) within the larger Walla Walla Valley AVA. Only 4.9 square miles in size, with a gentle east-west slope, it sits on a dried-up alluvial fan in the Walla Walla River ...
Brooks Winery is opening their brand new tasting room and winery in Amity, Oregon just in time for harvest—and the release of Portland Monthly's 50 Best Oregon Wines list, featuring not one but two Brooks pinots, on newsstands now.
“We broke ground on April 1st and in record time our new winery was complete, ready to handle the 2014 harvest and welcome visitors,” says Managing Director Janie Brooks Heuck. Rising to the challenge of meeting harvest deadline, Portland architect Richard Brown and Perlo Construction oversaw the entire process along with Pihl Excavation, Cascadian Landscaping, Basile’s Workshop, Pioneer ...(Read Full Article)
Visitors and personal guests often ask me for winery recommendations here in the Willamette Valley. I try to determine what is most important to them. Is it a chic tasting room, educational tours, location? Winter's Hill Vineyard is on my short list for people looking for two things - really delicious, well-made wine and the quintessential small family winery experience where you are bound to talk with one of the owners.(Read Full Article)
Peter and Emily Gladhart met while serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. In 1961 Emily's parents purchased the land that is now Winter's Hill. They grew ...
A row of women stood in wine barrels filled with Chardonnay grapes at the Willamette Valley Vineyards, their feet ready to stomp.
"On your mark. Get set. Go!," shouted Wende Bennette, the host for the 24th annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championship.
Competitors swiftly moved their feet onto the grapes, holding their partners for balance as juice flowed into plastic jugs on a Sunday afternoon.
Finalists would face off in the late afternoon for the grand prize — a trip for two to compete in the World Grape Stomp Championship in Santa Rosa, California.
Participating in the grape stomp was a last-minute ...(Read Full Article)
Collaboration. This word was used frequently by David Adelsheim, President of Adelsheim Vineyard, as he addressed the scores of wine lovers at the Boarding House in Chicago. I met this intelligent, gregarious man, a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry, when I was invited to attend a five course dinner featuring wines from Adelsheimpaired with a carefully chosen menu created by talented Executive Chef, Tanya Baker.
After tasting succulent oyster shooters with yuzu, chili, and cilantro, sipping a racy Pinot Blanc 2012, and meeting more wine aficionados, I located my table at which I was seated to the right ...(Read Full Article)
Brooks Winery has a bittersweet story, one that has touched manywine lovers throughout the Willamette Valley. The sudden death of young winemaker Jimi Brooks shocked the Oregon wine industry just 10 years ago. In fact, the Brooks Winery story is so compelling that it has recently been featured in the new wine documentary,American Wine Story.
Jimi died just as harvest was starting in the Willamette Valley. His death hit the entire wine community hard. So much so that by the time Janie Brooks-Heuck, arrived from her home in California, just hours after her brother’s death, the many ...(Read Full Article)
There is a recurring pattern in the life of Michael Noel: discovery followed by doing.
For instance, the saxophone: On a business trip to New Orleans years ago, Noel was enchanted by the “amazing sound” of a jazz group rehearsing in a hallway of the hotel at which he was staying.
“It was my first brush with jazz,” the West Linn resident recalls. “When I came home, I bought a tenor saxophone, and I took lessons for two years.”
And there was quilting: “I love the beauty of Amish quilts, and I thought ‘I’m going to make an Amish ...(Read Full Article)
Newberg, OR – September 15 – A to Z Wineworks is excited to announce that it has been selected as #4 small businesses in The Oregonian Top Workplaces for 2014 and Best in Category for Leadership.
Started in 2002 by two Oregon wine industry couples, the Hatchers and the Francis Tannahills, A to Z Wineworks has grown to become one of Oregon’s leading wine producers.(Read Full Article)
The Willamette Valley has proven it's mettle as a region that produces world class Pinot Noir, and many say that before too long it's Chardonnay will be similarly lauded. The valley's climate and soil types do indeed bear a resemblance to those elements found in the hallowed grounds of Burgundy. Oregon however has made a style all it's own. The singularity of Pinot Noir's success has been a boon to Oregon's wine industry in the Willamette creating an international reputation.(Read Full Article)
Dyson DeMara and Scott Kelley are putting their extensive wine experiences to use in a unique business concept in the downtown area of this southern Oregon town.
The friends and business partners have established the Paul O’Brien Winery in a former Chevrolet car dealership building and are working to establish a marketplace of wine-related businesses around the wine production facility.
“The catalyst is the wine,” DeMara said. “Everybody has said this type of concept is not possible, but it’s been done in Paso Robles and in Lodi in California. Why not us? Why not here? We’ve got ...(Read Full Article)
- "We are a grape growing family, not a wine making family," explains Paul Durant of Durant Vineyards at Red Ridge. In 1973, Paul Durant's parents were among the first to plant vineyards in Willamette Valley. Starting with two acres planted to vine, today sixty acres of Durant farmed Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot gris supply key wineries with their much sought after Dundee Hills' fruit.In 2003 the Durants decided to make wine under their own label. With 30 years of grape growing experience under their belts they knew they should stick to their knitting, but they also knew ...(Read Full Article)
IT’S A SMALL community not unlike so many others in Oregon’s rural Willamette Valley. But this little town is the heart and soul of wine country.
Named after a Scottish town, Dundee has long been agricultural. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early ’70s when such pioneers as David Lett, Dick Erath, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser arrived and began planting pinot noir in the ancient red soils.
The resulting grapes became remarkable wines, turning a dream into an industry. Today, wines from the Dundee Hills are famous with pinot noir lovers.
And rightfully so ...(Read Full Article)
ROCO Winery is named after Rollin and Corby Soles for a very good reason—it represents the combined energy of a tireless married couple who dreamed for decades of starting their own wine label in the Chehalem Mountain range of Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley. Originally from Texas, Rollin has more than three decades of winemaking under his belt. He co-founded the prestigious Argyle Winery 27 years ago and is the only Oregon winemaker whose wines have been ranked in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the World 13 times! He stepped back from his full-time position at Argyle ...(Read Full Article)
It’s time for our annual rendition of “September Song,” ’cause September is wine time. Just as a fr’instance, on Labor Day weekend, almost every Oregon winery/tasting room opens, even many not normally open to the public, and they dress up: music usually, nibbles sometimes, special events of various sorts and, of course, lotsa wine. In case you missed, make a calendar note for next year. Plan a major gig. Get out in the Oregon backcountry, so beautiful, so bountiful, it’ll take your breath away.
Actually, though, and especially this year, in the background lurk high-times for ...(Read Full Article)