EMERGENCY RESPONSE CENTER

 

STATEMENT ON OREGON FIRES

Since the origins of the Willamette Valley AVA, the community has relied on each other to impart knowledge, share resources and offer a support system to those in need. Willamette Valley winemakers have successfully mitigated wildfire smoke in years’ past, including the highly lauded 2018 vintage, and we will continue to do so this year. It’s the kindness of community that consistently fuels resilience and strength.

As we draw on that strength to move forward together, we thank our Willamette Valley wine lovers around the world for their support. Many of you have asked how we’re doing and what all this means for the 2020 vintage.

We must first remember that the Willamette Valley is vast and diverse. Every winemaker is approaching this situation individually and has a variety of factors to consider.

As always, there will be beautiful wines coming from our region. There may be less Pinot noir compared to previous years, because winemakers are committed to making sure every bottle that is made meets the region’s high quality standards.

We also need to remember that this region is more than Pinot noir. There will be outstanding white wines, rosés and sparkling wines that come out of the 2020 vintage.

With that, we are happy to announce that the Willamette Valley has reopened (as before, in accordance with the Governor’s COVID-19 guidelines by county; see below). We’ve listed resources we trust below.

 

For the media

Please contact Emily Petterson for media inquiries and Morgen McLaughlin (cell: 805-680-2602) for general questions.

 

Emergency Relief Donation Opportunities

Oregon Red Cross

Northwest Red Cross (serves Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Gilliam, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington and Yamhill counties)

Southwest Red Cross (serves Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lake and Linn counties)

Oregon Food Bank Network


AN UPDATE FROM WINE COUNTRY ON COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

We hope you’re staying safe and well during this time of uncertainty and quickly changing information regarding the COVID-19 virus. As of June 19th all Oregon counties have been able to reopen for in-person tastings on a limited basis.

See the Phase One and Phase Two information below for details and a list of reopened wineries by county.

Please be aware that our community has the health of our guests at heart, and our wineries and hospitality partners are taking a variety of measures in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines and our own agreed-upon best practices. Not every winery in a given county will reopen at the same time and in the same way. Check before planning a visit to confirm your specific destination’s policies.

For our friends farther away: if you find yourself getting stir-crazy in the house, remember that your favorite winery likely ships to your state and may even have a case shipping deal right now to brighten this dark time for wine lovers like you. Our #WVCommunity hub has offers and deals as well as recipes, playlists and more from Willamette Valley wine country. Check with the wineries you love, consider an online order, and know that your business is deeply appreciated as we weather this storm together.

From all of us in wine country, thank you for being a supporter of Willamette Valley wine. Each and every one of us looks forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.


Welcome Back to Wine Country


Phases One and two

Beginning May 15th, depending on their county location, wineries and tasting rooms have begun to resume on-site tastings. Read more.

Beginning June 5th, many of the first counties to enter Phase One have been approved to enter Phase Two. Click here to review and read the latest Oregon Health Authority Update with more details here.

As of June 19th all Oregon counties have reopened for Phase One at minimum (Phase Two counties noted below). 

The State of Oregon has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 related health data since March 18th and has rolled out a multi-phase plan to reopen various business sectors in Oregon. Read more about the State of Oregon COVID-19 response and reopening.

Members of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association are committed to slow and safe reopenings of their tasting rooms and appreciate your understanding and support.

 

 

Responsible Reopening

This industry-led effort supports and encourages businesses to make specific commitments that showcase a true Valley-wide message of unity, care and excellence.

To date, more than 130 businesses have pledged to make these Willamette Valley Responsible Reopening commitments. See their commitments and learn more. 

 

Updated travel advisories can be found here:

Travel Oregon (statewide)

Travel Portland (Portland Metro)

Willamette Valley Visitors Association (Willamette Valley not including Portland)

Travel Lane County (Eugene area)

Washington County Visitors Association (Tualatin Valley)

 

FAQ

How do I know what wineries and tasting rooms are open?

Wineries and tasting rooms are slowly reopening by county. We are posting reopenings below as soon as winery announcements come in.

Should I make appointments?

During Phase One and Phase Two, many tasting rooms will be appointment-only. Because of the fluidity with this reopening phase, you will need to call or visit the websites of the tasting rooms you want to visit in advance to obtain current visitor information.

Do I need to wear a mask?

As of Wednesday, July 1, face coverings are required for employees and visitors/customers in all public indoor spaces in Oregon per the Governor’s order. Learn more here. Many tasting rooms can provide disposables. Always call to confirm.

How will social distancing be implemented?

Social distancing protocols at tastings rooms will be in place both inside and outside. You won’t see tasting bar seating, but do expect to see more tables separated by a minimum of six feet throughout tasting rooms, and more use of outdoor space.

Can I bring a group?

Associated groups for social distancing will be limited to 10 people. An associated group doesn’t have to be from the same household. You can create an associated group with friends or other people you are traveling with. Please note that many wineries will be limiting group size to fewer than 10 people so you need to confirm group limits with each winery.

How will service be different?

You can expect more pre-poured wine flights, limited wine bar service, and more seated tastings. What will not be different is the genuine hospitality that wine lovers have come to associate with the Willamette Valley.

What about restaurants?

Restaurants, by county, have been allowed to offer in-person dining since May 15th. Not all restaurants are opening at the same time, so again, call to confirm.

Can tasting rooms still serve food?

Please check with each tasting room ahead of visiting.

Will wineries accept cash?

Many wineries will be moving toward touch-less payment options. If you want to pay with cash we suggest you confirm ahead of time with the tasting rooms you plan to visit.

What are the requirements to run a tour on a tour bus?

Tour operators must follow Specific Guidelines for Transit Agencies and Phase 2 Guidance for Indoor and Outdoor Entertainment Facilities. At least three (3) feet must be maintained consistently between passengers. Six (6) feet must be maintained between the driver and passengers, except during boarding and when assisting those with mobility devices. Tour attendees in the same party may sit fewer than three (3) feet apart. Tour operators must clean the bus every four hours and in between tour groups, with an emphasis on frequently touched surfaces. Drivers and riders must wear face coverings in accordance with Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering guidance. Tour operators must limit non-essential travel in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders.

The Operators of Indoor and Outdoor Entertainment Facilities FAQ can be found here:

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2390j.pdf


TO OUR VISITORS, on Behalf of our Tasting Rooms


We sincerely thank you for your support of our wines and our wine region. 
 
We ask that you extend this support to our wineries who have chosen to delay their reopening, and trust that they can’t wait to welcome you—as soon as they can do so in a way that keeps their customers, employees and families safe.
 
We ask for understanding that in this time of ever-changing information and uncertainty, managing a hospitality business requires difficult decisions that might seem to err on the side of overcaution—because we have so much at stake. 
 
To our valued customers who are based in counties that have not yet entered Phase One, we ask that you respect the OHA’s conclusion that your community is still at high risk—and that you stay home for now, to avoid bringing this elevated risk to our less affected counties.
 
To our valued guests who hope to travel to the Willamette Valley from other states, we ask that you wait until non-essential travel is declared safe throughout all Oregon counties—trusting that we look forward to welcoming you when responsible tourism is once again possible.
 
We ask for patience for our tasting room employees as they navigate an unprecedented learning curve. We ask for cooperation from you, and your understanding that every business is different and rules may vary depending on layout and environment. We promise to set expectations as clearly as possible—and we hope you will do the same by reaching out to us in advance of your visit to go over your plans. 
 
We know there’s no wine country without our visitors, and we want to keep you safe. Empathy is the greatest support we can ask for right now. We are so grateful for yours. 
 
Wherever you are, cheers from all of us.

Wineries Reopening By County


The listed wineries have told us they are open for on-site consumption according to their county’s reopening phase. Each winery links to its individual details. Note: This list pertains to COVID-related reopenings only. Because air quality issues, power outages and highway closures may be present due to the wildfires beginning the week of September 8 in certain parts of the region, always call ahead when attempting to visit any winery in the Willamette Valley to confirm your plans.

 

Open For Phase One

Clackamas County 

Terra Vina Wines – Wilsonville Vineyard

Tumwater Vineyards

Marion County

Coria Estates Winery

Honeywood Winery

Lady Hill Winery

Sineann

St. Innocent Winery

Willamette Valley Vineyards – Estate Tasting Room

Multnomah County

Boedecker Cellars

Division Winemaking Co.

Fullerton Wines

Polk County

Andante Vineyard

Audeant Wines

Björnson Vineyard

Bryn Mawr Vineyards

Cherry Hill Winery

Cubanisimo Vineyards

Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Failla Wines

Illahe Vineyards

Johan Vineyards

Left Coast Estate

Lingua Franca

Washington County

Alloro Vineyard

Apolloni Vineyards

Blakeslee Vineyard

Cooper Mountain Vineyards

Dion Vineyard

Freja Cellars

Hamacher Wines

Montinore Estate

Plum Hill Vineyards

Ponzi Vineyards

Raptor Ridge Winery

Ruby Vineyard

Willamette Valley Vineyards – Tualatin Estate Tasting Room

 

Open For Phase two

Benton County 

Broadley Vineyards

Lane County 

Five Fourteen Vineyards

Sweet Cheeks Winery 

Sylvan Ridge

Linn County (No wineries have submitted reopening details)

Yamhill County 

Abbey Road Farm

Adelsheim Vineyard

Alexana Winery

Anam Cara Cellars

Angela Vineyards

Anne Amie Vineyards

Antica Terra

Arborbrook Vineyards

Archery Summit

Argyle Winery

Artisanal Wine Cellars

August Cellars

Beacon Hill Winery

Beaux Frères

Bella Vida Vineyard

Bells Up Winery

Bergström Wines

Bravuro Cellars

Brooks

Carlton Cellars

Carlton Winemakers Studio

Chehalem Winery

Chris James Cellars

Coelho Winery

Coeur de Terre Vineyard 

Colene Clemens Vineyards

Craft Wine Co.

Cramoisi Vineyard

Day Wines

De Lancellotti Family Vineyards

De Ponte Cellars

Dobbes Family Estate

Domaine de Broglie

Domaine Divio

Domaine Drouhin Oregon

Domaine Roy & fils

Domaine Serene

Dominio IV Wines

Dukes Family Vineyards

Dundee Wine Library

Dusky Goose

EIEIO & Co.

Elizabeth Chambers Cellar

Elk Cove Vineyards

Et Fille Wines

Fairsing Vineyard

Flâneur Wines

Fox Farm Vineyards

Furioso Vineyards

Gran Moraine Winery

Great Oregon Wine Company / Duck Pond Cellars

Grochau Cellars

Hazelfern Cellars

Hyland Estates

J. Christopher Wines

J.K. Carriere

Kelley Fox Wines

Ken Wright Cellars

Knudsen Vineyards

L’Angolo Estate

Lachini Vineyards

Lenné Estate

Longplay Vineyard

Mad Violets Wine Co.

Martin Woods

Maysara Winery

MonksGate Vineyard

Natalie’s Estate Winery

Native Flora

Patricia Green Cellars

Penner-Ash Wine Cellars

Pike Road Wines

The Potter’s Vineyard & Clay Art Gallery

Purple Hands Winery

Rain Dance Vineyards

Remy Wines

Résonance

ROCO Winery

Saffron Fields Vineyard

Seufert Winery

Siltstone Wines

Sokol Blosser (open for club members; July 2 for the general public)

Soléna Estate

Soter Vineyards (open for club members; June 30 for the general public)

Stoller Family Estate

Styring Vineyards

Tendril Wine Cellars

Terra Vina Wines – McMinnville Tasting Room

Torii Mor

Trisaetum

Twomey Cellars

Utopia Vineyard

Vidon Vineyard

White Rose Estate

Willakenzie Estate

Willamette Valley Vineyards – McMinnville Tasting Room

Winderlea Vineyard & Winery

Winter’s Hill Estate

Yamhill Valley Vineyards

Youngberg Hill

 

Tasting Room Protocol Document

View Tasting Room Guidelines

County Boundaries Map

(From the Office of the Oregon Secretary of State)

 

 


Recipe Pairings Featuring Biodynamic Wines of the Willamette Valley (#WinePW)

Willamette Valley Biodynamic Wines Featured by Wine Bloggers


Thank you to Twitter’s active wine blogger community for featuring the Willamette Valley’s Biodynamic wineries this past weekend. Those who followed along with the hashtag #winepw were treated to some fabulous recipes paired with wines from our Biodynamic wineries. The recipes are listed below, along with the wine pairings.


David of Cooking Chat + Winderlea
 Salmon, Farro and Mushrooms with Winderlea Pinot Noir.

Camilla of Culinary Adventures + Keeler Estate Vineyards
Simple Pleasures, A Birthday Cheeseboard, & Keeler Estate Vineyards’ 2017 Terracotta Amphorae Riesling.

Jill of L’Occasion + Brooks Winery
Peace, Bread, Land and Wine: A Meal With Brooks Winery.

Jennifer of Vino Travels + King Estate
Biodynamic Wines of the Willamette Valley with King Estate.

Lori of Dracaena Wines
Continuing the Biodynamic Legacy.

Jane from Always Ravenous+ Winderlea
Wild Alaskan Salmon with Herbed Ricotta and Oregon Pinot Noir.

Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings + Johan Vineyards
Biodynamic Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Noir from Johan Vineyards Plus Surf ‘n’ Turf Dinner.

Linda of My Full Wine Glass + Johan Vineyards
Ode to Oregon: Johan’s Biodynamic Expression of Place.

Gwendolyn from Wine Predator + Cooper Mountain
Our land is our life and our life is our wine— Cooper Mountain Pinot Paired with Duck.

Deana from Asian Test Kitchen + Johan Vineyards
Oregon Orange Wine Sparkles with Indian Curry.

Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm + King Estate
Dammit!! These are some great wines from Willamette.

Lauren of The Swirling Dervish + Bergström Wines
Pork Loin, Mushrooms, and Fiddlehead Ferns Meet Biodynamic Pinot Noir from Bergström Wines.

Martin of Enofylz Wine Blog + Cooper Mountain Vineyards
A Taste of Cooper Mountain Vineyards at the Table.

Jeff of FoodWineClick! + Brick House
Biodynamic Willamette Valley with Brick House and Harissa Chicken.

Payal of Keep the Peas + King Estate
Living off the Land: King Estate Pinot Noir + Mushroom Pâté.

Rupal of Syrah Queen + Maysara
Maysara Winery – Iranian Immigrants Achieving The American Dream.

Jade of Tasting Pour + Montinore
Thai Green Curry Rockfish and Montinore Estate Gewurztraminer.


Recipe: Chef Henry Kibit’s Lamb Meatballs with Harissa Sauce (Sokol Blosser)

#WVCELLARSEASON


These flavorful meatballs are the epitome of comfort food, paired perfectly with the bold flavors of our pinot noir – black cherry, licorice and blackberry – balanced by smooth tannins.

Pairing: 2014 Big Tree Block Estate Pinot Noir
Learn more about Sokol Blosser

Chef Henry Kibit's Lamb Meatballs with Harissa Sauce


Ingredients

Ingredients - Lamb Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ½ yellow onion small dice
  • 1 carrot small dice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley minced
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar sherry or red wine
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Harissa Sauce

  • 1 cup Guajillos chile toasted and seeded
  • ½ cup carrots medium dice, cooked
  • ½ cup beets medium dice, cooked
  • ½ tablespoon cumin seed toasted
  • ½ tablespoon coriander seed toasted
  • ¼ tablespoon caraway seed toasted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Harissa Sauce

  1. Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Lamb Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 300°. In a small pot saute the onion, carrot and garlic over medium-low heat about 6 minutes until tender. Cool completely.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix the lamb and remaining ingredients with your hands until the mixture starts to become a little sticky.
  3. Take a small amount of the meatball mixture and saute on medium heat until cooked. About 2-3 minutes. This is just to taste for seasoning. Adjust salt/pepper/vinegar as necessary.
  4. Portion into 16 equal sized balls. Over medium heat in a large saute pan, brown the balls evenly in two batches. Be gentle, the balls will be fragile, but will firm up after cooking.
  5. Place the balls and all of the sauce in an oven proof pan (approximately 8"x10") and cover with foil.
  6. Cook for about 40 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Serve with black rice or in a pita as a sandwich. Makes four servings.

December Events Preview

FEATURED DECEMBER EVENTS IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Willamette Valley wine country serves up an idyllic remedy for winter’s persistent chill. Wineries welcome guests with the warmest brand of hospitality, in the form of thawing fireplaces, convivial service and an exceptionally intimate atmosphere only the winter months can provide. Read full article


December Events Preview

December Events Preview

Willamette Valley wine country serves up an idyllic remedy for winter’s persistent chill. Wineries welcome guests with the warmest brand of hospitality, in the form of thawing fireplaces, convivial service and an exceptionally intimate atmosphere only the winter months can provide.

Far away from the tour buses and highway gridlock of the busy summer season, December in wine country spells cozy winemaker’s dinners, uncluttered tasting rooms and a certain peacefulness—one brought on not only by having the most recent vintage put to barrel, but by the company of snow-dusted foothills that bookend the Valley.

With the holiday stretch in full swing, it’s is also the perfect time to stock the cellar in preparation for memorable meals and end-of-the-year soirees. If you’ve yet to make it out to Wine Enthusiast’s reigning Wine Region of the Year, December offers an unparalleled accessibility to both the Valley’s world renowned wines and the colorful characters who produce them.

View All Events

Feast

The transition to winter means hearty fare in restaurants throughout the Valley. Enjoy an earthy, lasting meal at Joel Palmer House or head to the Back Room at Nick’s for outstanding from-scratch pasta and a game of pool. Regional options like La Rambla in McMinnville counter chilly days with spicy, herbaceous offerings and pure comfort food from the likes of Gem Creole Saloon and Valley Commissary are all the more delectable during December.

Those hungry for genuine northwest cuisine will find no shortage of options during this spell, especially fans of seasonal seafood like shellfish and world-class pacific northwest salmon. The ever-growing Willamette Valley culinary scene continues to raise the epicurean bar and define what it means to experience every sense of wine country.

Youngberg Hill B&B

Stay Awhile

Extend the cozy nature of your Willamette Valley adventure with a night or two at any number of the region’s charming B&Bs or inviting hotels. Hole up in a historic property like Hotel Oregon, exploring its bars and restaurants in between strolls along McMinnville’s fetching Third Street.

Call a vintage Airstream trailer home for a long weekend, set within striking distance of countless wineries and tasting rooms. Or, head for the hills and live like a grapegrower among the vines in bucolic working estates like Youngberg Hill and the Black Walnut Inn. Unwind in the ultra-unhurried environment that is December in wine country. With winter rates in full swing, do yourself a favor and add another day to your fulfilling stay.

Featured Events

Eola Hills Christmas Movie Series

December 4th

Central Valley winery Eola Hills embraces the holiday spirit with a Monday night movie series. Hibernate the wine country way with a relaxing film and a glass of estate wine in hand. Tonight’s screening is The Grinch. Details…

Holiday Bites & Bubbles at Roco

December 9th

Rollin Soles is synonymous with Willamette Valley sparkling wine. The longtime Argyle winemaker has a relatively new label to boot in Roco and nothing toasts the holiday season quite like well made bubbly. Discover how appetizers can enhance Soles’ award-winning RMS Sparkling Wine and depart with a recipe. Details…

Pairing Food & Wine 101

December 10th

Esteemed Amity label Brooks Winery hosts a gathering devoted to the sometimes intimidating concept of wine pairing. Winery chef Abbey McManigle leads an approachable introductory course on the subject, one you get to eat and drink. It’s time to take your holiday food menus to the next level. Details…

Fullerton Wine Course: Vintage Variation

December 14th

Pinot Noir is one of the most expressive wines on the planet and a great way to experience that is via vertical tastings. Micro-producer Fullerton Wines walks guests through four vintages spanning 2012-2015, showcasing the uniqueness of each and how each distinctive growing season shaped the resulting wines. Details…

Willamette Cares Food Share

November–December

Throughout the last two months of the year, participating WVWA wineries and tasting rooms will partner with the Oregon Food Bank network to combat hunger. Select labels and venues will accept donations with the aim of granting 75,000 meals to those in need. Make your day in wine country all the more rewarding by helping the very community that helps make it possible. Details…


About the Artist: John Fisher

THANKSGIVING 2017 – NOVEMBER 5, 2017

Local artist, John Fisher, has created iconic posters and imagery for many Wine Country Thanksgivings. Get to know the artist, his story, and his inspirations.. Read full article


About The Artist: John Fisher

About The Artist: John Fisher

The Art that Captures the Essence of the Seasons in Wine Country

From the vivid energy of harvest and the collective pause for breath at Thanksgiving to spring’s picnic baskets and flowers in bloom, each season in wine country brings festive Willamette Valley traditions for winemakers and wine enthusiasts alike. John Fisher, who has partnered with the Willamette Valley Wineries Association over many projects and vintages, is the man behind the artwork that has become an iconic reflection of our Valley’s natural beauty.

Fisher operates in both fine art and graphic design. His latter work for the association is clean and seemingly timeless, offering the crispness of a photograph yet animated by way of playful, often primary colors. There’s slick layering to much of his work, as though it was a handful of separate cutouts to begin with, stacked nearly atop one another.

Many have witnessed his art, even if they couldn’t tie a name to it. Fisher’s visual accompaniments to the wildly successful Pinot In The City campaign neatly encapsulate every journey of that ongoing roadshow. There’s the Seattle poster, with a dripping Orca’s tail in the foreground the the Emerald City skyline in the distance. The Los Angeles poster depicts a black-and-white maze of buildings and off-ramps cloaked in the golden hue of southern California sun. This is to say nothing of his local subject matter, which overwhelmed him upfront.

“The Oregon landscape was challenging at first,” Fisher admits. “I felt a little claustrophobic with all the hills, as opposed to the midwest landscape where you can see the horizon for miles.”

Fisher visited his Portland-based sister while in high school frequently. The terrain blew him away and soon he packed up and headed west. Soon, he found himself getting lost on winding Willamette Valley roads, meandering in and out of the many vineyards, farmhouses and forested hills that would inform his work.

“Most of the artwork is seasonal, so it needs to capture a sense of place and time,” Fisher says. The greatest example of such seasonality also happens to be his favorite piece, a simple but evocative illustration for Wine Country Thanksgiving 2003. In it, a golden leaf droops over ripe ready-to-pick Pinot Noir clusters. A hushed and stoic background of brushy foothills and Mt. Hood’s silhouette completes an eye-catching and economical piece.

Fisher continues to pen illustrations for the association, in between painting stirring Oregon country landscapes and offering graphic design services for a host of clients including wine labels like Alloro Vineyards and Evesham wood via he and his wife’s firm Fisher Carlson Co.

Like any good artist, Fisher is willing to offer up inspirational colleagues. For his Pinot In The City pieces, he mentions David Lance Goines, whose symbolism, layering and tight presentation is not at all unlike Fisher’s. Both artists have taken on expansive content and both have excelled in capturing it with a certain precision.

The Willamette Valley may be home to hundreds of wineries and many more vineyards, but Fisher can somehow distill that into a single iconic image.


by Mark A. Stock | markastock.com
Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon who spent a healthy stretch in the Dundee Hills making, selling and drinking wine. He’s written for Willamette Week, Oregon Wine Press, Travel Oregon, Sip Northwest, SevenFifty and more. Fly-fishing, Icelandic soccer and The Simpsons are among his favorite distractions.


Tools of the Cellar Trade

#WVHARVEST2017 – NOVEMBER 13, 2017

It takes more than great grapes to make great wine. From must plungers to tri-clamps, we break down the tools of the trade.. Read full article