Discovering Art and Wine in the Chehalem Mountains

There is no wine without art. There’s the creativity of blending from a palette of young wines to create something better than the sum of its parts; the ability to make a product speak of its place and yet stand out among its peers;  the skill involved in packaging and promoting a beautiful bottle. For some Willamette Valley wineries, art itself is a front-and-center inspiration. On the Chehalem Mountains Wine and Art loop, five of these wineries combine artistic expression with a tasting experience for a unique sensory adventure. 

“Art and wine have an almost symbiotic relationship,” says Corby Stonebraker-Soles, glass artist and co-owner of ROCO Winery, a Wine and Art Loop member. “Both are the result of the artists/winemakers’ desire and need to create. This tour highlights those creations and shows how naturally they complement one another.” 

The Chehalem Mountains Wine and Art Loop lasts through November; check it out by visiting any or all of the participating wineries. Learn more about each winery by following the links below. See more wineries with offerings for art and architecture enthusiasts here

Beckham Estate Vineyard (Ceramics), Open Friday–Sunday
Aging wine in clay amphorae is as old a practice as winemaking itself, but lately the technique has seen a new wave of interestespecially with sought-after wineries in Georgia, Italy and Slovenia championing the vessel as an alternative to oak. Owner/winemaker and potter Andrew Beckham takes this a step further, using amphorae he made in his studio on the estate.

Potter’s Vineyard (Clay Art / Pottery), Open Friday–Sunday
Owners Bill and Sandy Sanchez combine their passion for winemaking with a love of clay art at Potter’s Vineyard, where visitors can find handmade clay art pieces produced at a studio on the property. The winery also features work by a variety of local artists on display in the tasting room. 

Rain Dance Vineyards (Woodwork), Open Daily
The Rain Dance tasting room boasts a gallery of furniture, decor, and other creations by woodworker Ken Austin, who favors local woods like Oregon maple and black walnut. Known for beautiful rocking chairs, tables, and the unique wooden Christmas bells he turns every year, Ken has been making art with wood since junior high.

ROCO Winery (Glass Art / Glass Jewelry), Open Daily
Glass artist and ROCO owner/business manager Corby Stonebraker-Soles creates intricate art pieces and jewelry from her studio in the barn at ROCO, allowing her to easily load and unload the kiln while she’s working at the winery. Corby worked with Bulls Eye Glass Factory in Portland to create a glass bar for the tasting room.

Tresori Vineyards (Painting), Open Thursday-Monday 11–5
Tresori founding partner Jackie McCartin is an award-winning local artist whose work is often inspired by the vineyards of the Willamette Valley, including Tresori. Her vivid oil paintings are represented in several galleries, wineries and private and permanent collections, and visitors can experience her work on display in the winery tasting room.