Hours: 12-5 Fri-Sun
A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery
People come for the wonderful wines. Our first two – ‘08 Pinot Noir and ‘08 Mingle, a white blend – won three awards right out of the barrel! Our ‘09 whites – Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling – are very popular and our ‘09 Pinot Noir is already a favorite of the early barrel tasters. Our tasting room is set in the Willamette Valley, in the little town of Cornelius – Really! - with a sensational view, including Mt. Hood – when she chooses! There’s plenty of room to sit on our patio, enjoy our wines and treats we often serve – chocolate cake, artisan bread, good cheese.
We give away pumpkins to wine buyers in October; Doug Fir Christmas trees in December for $10. Our wine dogs – Gemini and Trouble – are the sweetest. They’ll escort you to the tasting room. We are very close to Hillsboro, Beaverton and Portland, and easy to reach.
The unusual 480-ft. elevation microclimate is protected by hills on three sides from coastal storms, harsh weather changes and high winds. Sun warms the grapes through the day, producing sugars and flavors into the peak of the afternoon; the grapes are cooled by late-in-the-day ocean breezes fanning down the Columbia River into the Willamette Valley. This daily cycle repeats throughout late summer and early fall until the grapes reach the peak of ripeness. The vines, trained to a Henry trellis, achieve a critical balance of vine growth to berry growth; bunches ripen in their time – slowly – to achieve the utmost flavors.
Visit us and share our love of the grape. Holly and Jim Witte