Everything you find on this post, you can also find at the new Territorial Wine Trail Blog, the first interactive website of the Southern Willamette Valley. Please take a look and tell me what you think. My twitter handle is @divingmelvin. Help me make this blog better through your ideas.
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- Here is information on each of the wineries featured:
Abbelone Vineyards is a family owned winery that prides itself on their use of traditional Burundian methods that is applied to their wine making process. Abbelone Vineyards’ website is currently underdevelopment, but information regarding directions and lists of wines can be looked up on the South Willamette Wineries’ website.
Domaine Merriweather Winery:
Domaine Meriwether Winery prides themselves on their production of multiple award winning sparkling wines. The first harvest was in 1998. They have “Sparkling Nights” on Fridays from 6 PM to 9 PM, and are also opened regularly from 11 AM to 5 PM seven days a week.
High Pass Winery:
High Pass is owned by Deiter Boehm, who founded the winery in 1984. Vines were officially planted in 1985. The winery offers free tastings from 12 PM to 5 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from May until Thanksgiving weekend. High pass uses grapes from three different vineyards, including the ones that are produced at High Pass.
King Estate Winery:
King Estate is not just a winery, but also a restaurant and a bakery. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday, open daily for dinner, and brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. King Estate also offers tours of their wine production facilities from 12 PM to 5 PM daily. The property is considered an “organic ecosystem”. The native Wild Raptor birds help control pests.
LaVelle Vineyards is open daily. Monday through Saturday, LaVelle is open from 12 PM to 7 PM, while on Sundays they are open from 12 PM to 6 PM. There is live music the first Thursday of every month that begins at 6 PM and goes until 8 PM. LaVelle Vineyards began operation in 1994, taking over an existing winery. Wines began to be produced a year later. In 1998, LaVelle Wine Bar and Bistro was opened at the 5th Street Public Market.
Noble Estate Vineyards:
Mark Jurasevich opened the Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery in 1999. The Jurasevich family prides themselves on that fact that they are certified sustainable and are salmon-safe producers. They have summer events each week starting June 8th. Although Noble Estate has only been open for a little over 10 years, it has won multiple awards over the years, including a gold medal at this year’s Sisters Wine and Brew Festival (2013). Noble Estate is open daily from 12 PM to 5 PM.
Pfeiffer Winery is currently owned by Robin and Denuta Pfeiffer. The Pfeiffer family moved to Oregon in 1947 and bought 80 acres of land that was turned into a farm at the time. Since 1984, it has been transformed into one of the first solar power operated wineries in the Willamette Valley. The family prides themselves on their “green” mentality. There is a restaurant on the property that Denuta Pfeiffer manages. The vineyard is open from 11 AM to 5 PM daily and their wines are not distributed outside of the property. Tasting takes place in a Tuscan-like cave and there is also a water garden that is open to visitors.
RainSong Vineyard is located in the foothills of the coastal mountains. More specifically, RainSong can be found in between the University of Oregon in Eugene and Oregon State University in Corvallis. The vineyard was built in 1985 and three years later the winery officially opened. RainSong is family owned by Mike and Merry Fix. It is only open to the public on Memorial Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Day Weekend.
Roncali Vineyards is a small vineyard, totaling in only around three acres. It is located in southwest Eugene, tucked away in the hills. Joshua Cagle currently manages Roncali Vineyards. Cagle looks to hopefully be expanding the vineyard soon. Their website is currently under development, but information regarding directions can be found on local Eugene vineyard websites.
Saginaw Vineyard is located at the southern most tip of the Willamette Valley. It is a small, family owned vineyard that produces less than 2000 cases of annual production. It officially opened in 2001, and has been a recipient of many awards in that time. On Friday nights there is live music from 6 PM to 9 PM. Saginaw is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM, but on Friday’s they are open until 9pm! Tasting itself is held in a 100 year old barn that is located on the property.
Sarver Winery is open daily from 12 PM to 6 PM, except on Friday’s when it’s open until 9 PM. Aside from wine, Sarver Winery has a large selection of cheeses, salamis, and baguettes to enjoy while tasting. The Sarver family has a long history of wine making. Although they have only owned the vineyard since 2008, the pride the Sarver’s have for their wines is monumental. They have a total of 35 acres that contain 20,000 vines. Wines can be shipped anywhere in the United States.
Silvan Ridge Winery:
Silvan Ridge Winery has been in business for over 32 years. Starting June 2013 until October 2013, the winery is open until 9 PM on Friday nights. Live music is also a hit on Fridays. There is never a cover charge for the live music, which usually takes place between 6 PM to 8 PM. Liz Chambers has owned Silvan Ridge since May 2012, but has been working there since 1995. Jonathan Oberlander is the man behind the scenes who is in charge of making all the wines that are produced. His philosophy combines traditional wine making with a “restless curiosity” to develop new techniques.
Sweet Cheeks Vineyards:
Sweet Cheeks Vineyards officially opened Thanksgiving weekend in 2005. It is open everyday, all year-round; from 12 PM to 6 PM. Sweet Cheeks hosts live entertainment year round, and is a popular location for special occasions, such as weddings. They are currently in the process of expanding their distribution.
Two families from Lane County Oregon founded territorial Vineyards. The Wine Room is open on Thursday though Saturday, from 5 PM until whenever the action dies down. Live music can be experienced on both Thursdays and Fridays starting around 7 PM. Not only does Territorial Vineyards serve wine; they also serve beer. The families control three different vineyards: Equinox, Bellpine, and Toad Hall Vineyard. They pride themselves on the intimacy of their production, producing small levels, but monitoring each barrel through the different wine making stages.