Featured Winery

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Naked Winery

Only the people at Naked Winery can be this fun, and write it this way:

“We aim to Tease!” We are on a mission to produce premium class Washington and Oregon wines, with exotic brands and provocative back labels that are just a bit risqué. We strive to change the conversation, encourage you to set the mood of fun and romance.

Open a bottle of Foreplay with your spouse and see where your evening takes you. Or drop in a bottle of Climax at a party you attend. Have your mother in law read the back label of the Penetration Cabernet at your next family dinner.

Looking for a relaxing wine tasting experience or perhaps you just want to kick back with a glass of wine and listen to the music. Either way, come join us in downtown Hood River as we Get Naked Daily. Come get Naked with us!

Our tasting room is located at 102 2nd Street in downtown Hood River just minutes from our Hood River winery. We are open daily 12noon-7pm and later on Music nights. We have live music every Saturday and Monday night 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Yamhill Valley Vineyards

Yamhill Valley Vineyards was established in 1983, by Denis Burger and Elaine McCall. The oldest winery in the McMinnville AVA, the McMinnville AVA has something unique to offer and stands apart from the other AVA’s in Oregon.

They’re located just off Highway 18, and is the perfect place to stop on your way to or from the coast, or just as a day trip from Portland or Salem metro area. They have over 100 acres of vineyard, do everything from growing to bottling on site, and that’s what makes them a great value, as well as having old fashioned quality. They work to make constant improvements, and you never know what might be changing next, so you’ll just have to go and visit their friendly staff for a tasting ($5 for the normal flight and an additional $5 for our premier Tall Poppy Pinot Noir).

Yamhill Valley Vineyards is located on a 150 acre estate in the rolling foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains, one hour southwest of Portland in the Willamette Valley. The heart of our wine making is dedicated to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Riesling. We have recently expanded our Chardonnay plantings and plan to release it to the public in the next few years.

Since their first vintage in 1983, their wines have consistently won top honors in tastings and judgings across the nation. Their 1983 Pinot Noir was the first place preference in the famous Wine Center in New York City. From their beginning they’ve been tenaciously dedicated to the pursuit of a character that’s characterisitic of Oregon and distinctively Yamhill Valley. Their goal is to bring forth from this unusual and exciting property the finest possible expression of its intensity, charm, and uniqueness.

Terrapin Cellars

Terrapin Cellars is based in the heart of the Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. They produce Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Tempranillo. The winery was started in 2000, when owners Rob Clarke and Brenda Kidder purchased Pinot Gris grapes, and went on to produced 97 cases of that wine. The following year they added Pinot Noir, and in 2004 started making a port style wine from Tempranillo grapes. They now own and operate a vineyard management company, and consider their wine production a follow through of their grape growing efforts. Today, Terrapin Cellars makes 2,600 cases of wine a year, of all total varieties.

They feel that the Willamette Valley is an ideal region for cool climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, because of the long growing season, the soils and abundance of excellent vineyard sites. They employ sustainable viticulture practices that will grow the best possible grapes on each site they manage. The grapes they use in their wines come from several of these sites, which can vary from vintage to vintage. Their philosophy in the winery is minimal intervention, so they can preserve the unique blend of the grapes that comes from vineyards they manage. Their ultimate goal is to produce outstanding, value priced wine that can be enjoyed on special occasions, or in a casual setting with friends and family.

Since their primary occupation is grape growing, they produce their own wines at another winery, and don’t have a tasting room. They rely on their partnerships with distributors, retailers, restaurants, and direct customer sales to sell their wines. (If you live in a state where their wines aren’t distributed, they offer direct shipping via UPS (ground or 2nd day air) Just call the winery to organize.

Oak Knoll Winery

Home of the Oregon Pinot Gris annual symposium, Oak Knoll Winery is built on the site of a dairy farm and incorporates some of the historic structures dating back to 1917. This former dairy is located in the pastoral farmlands of Washington County, eighteen miles west of Portland, Oregon, in an agriculturally zoned and protected area. The name Oak Knoll was previously used by one of the dairies on this site and refers to a hillside of oak trees located directly across from the winery’s main entrance. Three brick grain silos still stand on the property, and the main wine cellar was once a milking parlor.

Knoll, is the oldest winery in Washington County, and first achieved notoriety for Pinot Noir when the 1980 Vintage-Select bottling won Best of Show and the Governor’s Trophy at the 1983 Oregon State Fair wine competition. One of the judges at that event was famed California winemaker and consultant Andre Tschelistcheff. When he learned who made the Best of Show wine, he phoned Ron Vuylsteke and told him: “I have spent the past fifty years of my life searching for the world’s finest Pinot Noirs, and yours is among the greatest I have ever tasted.”

Pinot Noir is the major focus of red wine production at Oak Knoll. Having experienced some success with our Cabernet Sauvignon, we are now continuing with that, and exploring the diverse varietals of the Northwest region with a Barbera and Syrah, all from the Columbia Valley. This wine growing region is perfect for these warm weather varietals, with broad seasonal temperature changes and a scarcity of rain. This wine will only be available in the Tasting Room and at Festivals. Pinot Gris is now Oak Knoll’s most popular dry white wine; its charming combination of attractive fruit character and crisp, refreshingly dry aftertaste is irresistible. Our Pinot Gris is a perfect companion to all types of seafood and Northwest cuisine.

Oak Knoll also produces a delightful, UnOaked Chardonnay; a slightly sweet, Spatlese-styled Riesling; and a native-American varietal, Niagara.

David Hill Winery and Vineyards

With sweeping views of Oregon’s coastal range, David Hill winery and Vineyards is one of the most picturesque wine venues in the Willamette Valley. The grounds of the winery are meticulously manicured. There’s almost a Heartland feel to this winery, because of its history as an old German farm house… Framed with flowers and lovely garden paths, this is a winery whose wines taste as good as the venue will lead you to expect. Owners Milan and Jean Stoyanov have put their best foot forward with their delightfully relaxed setting in Willamette Valley.

HISTORY

David Hill Winery is named for its geographical location. The name of the hill we sit on is David’s Hill, for Frederick David, an Oregon pioneer from the 1800’s.

The house that holds our tasting room was built in 1883 by the Reuter family. Adolph Reuter was born in Germany in January of 1841. The Reuter’s produced award winning wines from grapes grown on the property. Photographs dated 1904 on display at the winery depict the residence surrounded by apparently thriving grape vines. Unfortunately, Prohibition had a devastating effect and eventually all or most of the vines were pulled out in favor of potato plantings.

In 1965 Charles Coury, along with a few other wine pioneers, came north from California to establish vineyards in the Willamette Valley where they believed they could successfully grow Pinot Noir. Many of the vines still exist. There are approximately 6 acres of old vine Pinot Noir and 2 acres of Riesling. There is also Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Semillon and Sylvaner that were planted at that time as well. Reuter’s old farmhouse David Hill Winery is home to the Willamette Valley’s oldest Pinot Noir Vines.

Winemaker Jason Bull oversees all vineyard activity as well as making all the wines for the past seven years at David Hill Winery.  He graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Enology in 1990 and has been pursuing his dream of making wine and owning his own winery since then.  Jason has worked in the Napa Valley making wine for 10 years before moving to Oregon 13 years ago.   At David Hill he produces over 14 different wines for the winery as well as doing some custom crush for other small producers including his own brand, Zimri Cellars.

Christopher Bridge Wines ~ Satori Springs Estate Vineyard

Christopher Bridge Cellars and Satori Springs Vineyard are owned and managed by the Carlberg family since their inception in 2001 and 1998 respectively. Chris’ parents Ragnhild and Wolfgang Carlberg purchased the nearly 80 acre farm in 1952 primarily for its stunning Willamette Valley views and close proximity to Portland.

They raised their family of three children here while primarily working the ground with their hands. The farm was a simple affair with beef cattle and blackcaps as the main crops. In 1993, ownership passed to Chris and Susanne Carlberg. After 30 years in teaching here and in Germany, Chris decided to devote himself to a new career in the wine industry with an initial planting of 3,600 vinifera vines and establishing Satori Springs Vineyard in 1998. The estate winery followed in 2007.

Chris Camarda, brother-in-law to Chris Carlberg, helped launch the Christopher Bridge brand by taking in its first three harvests in 2001,’ 02 and ‘03 at Andrew Will Winery/ Vashon Island, Washington. Laurent Montalieu of Northwest Wine Company in McMinnville, Oregon, succeeded him in the 2004,’05 and’06 vintages. In 2007, Chris and Susanne decided to take over the reigns of winemaking and established their small onsite winery above Satori Springs Vineyard.

A Family Affair

  • Chris Carlberg received training at the Northwest Viticultural Center, Salem, Oregon in both, Viticulture and Enology. He not only manages both, vineyard and winery but can be found working in either one most of the time.
  • Susanne Carlberg handles primary wine sales to the public and jumps in wherever else she is needed.
  • Valerie Carlberg shares her scientific aptitude in the in-house lab and loves to work the fall harvest and spring and summer bottling. She also assists with direct wine sales in the Portland area.
  • Stuart Carlberg currently assists in all aspects of winegrowing and winemaking at the family estate while preparing for his overseas practicum.
  • Alex Carlberg lends his expertise and patience when repairing all manner of farming and winery equipment and designing or building an occasional new piece.
  • Ragnhild and Wolfgang Carlberg, parents and grandparents, have been a constant source of inspiration in their work. Their artwork continues to delight us on every Christopher Bridge wine label.

Apolloni Vineyards

FEATURED FOR APRIL ~ Apolloni Vineyards

Apolloni Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard situated at the North end of the Willamette Valley. Their location provides a superb microclimate and has suitable soil for the cultivation of premium Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc grapes. They specialize in traditional Pinot Noir and Italian-style wines.

Tradition, Italian heritage, and family are very important to them.

Tradition, Italian, and Family: these are the foundation of Apolloni Vineyards and its winemaking. The label is inspired by an original piece with its origins dating back to the sixteenth century. It depicts the Apolloni family coat of arms, featuring a black eagle as a sign of strength, as well as the helm from the armor of the captains of Scalve. The handwriting in the background documents the origins of the coat of arms from the Milan State archive. The lettering of the name Apolloni is Roman, always in bold capitals. The Apolloni family’s Italian origins are from the Arezzo region in Tuscany, Italy; and have a long tradition in winemaking of over 150 years.

History and tradition have always been important and continue to be. Alfredo Apolloni, a first generation American, comes from a long line of Apollonis who have taken pride in retaining their family name. In each generation there has been either an Adolfo or an Alfredo, alternating by generation. Alfredo has continued the tradition by naming his son Adolfo, in honor of his late father.

THE VINEYARDS

Our philosophy of careful attention to detail and the quality of the fruit in our wine is born in the vineyard. Careful selection of site, soils, elevation, and exposure combined with the individual attention only possible in small estate vineyard enable the production of our outstanding wines.

Our unique site in the Northern Willamette Valley provides what can be the ideal climate for outstanding Pinot Noir. The extended growing season and gentle ripening contribute to the characteristics quality and complexity of our wines. Located on southerly facing hillsides ranging from 350’ to 500’ of elevation, our vineyards are planted predominantly in the Dijon clonal vavieties from France, all on disease-resistant root stocks. The small berries from these vines contribute to the superior flavor extraction in our wines. The 20 acres of Pinot Noir vineyards reside in three vineyards, named in honor of the Apolloni children. The Southeasterly facing Olivia Vineyard, planted with Dijon clones 113, 114, and 115, produces subtle and floral flavors while the Southwesterly facing FilippoVineyard, planted with Dijon clones 113, 114, 115, and Pommard, produces larger more intense flavors. Our youngest vineyard, Flaminia, is Southerly facing and has Dijon clones 667 and 777, clones known for their fascinating complexity, textures, and aromatics.

The Pinot gris in our vineyard is on grafted vines and flourishes in the most Western portion of the Filippo vineyard. Pinot blanc and additional Pinot gris is more recently planted in the top section of the Flaminia vineyard. The long hours of afternoon sunshine in this location ripen the fruit to perfection.

Great attention in the vineyard from careful cropping of the fruit which never exceeds 1.5 tons to the acre to the hand removal of leaves from the vines to provide each cluster of grapes the ideal amount of sunlight are all part of our passion to produce the finest wine. The attention to vineyard management extends below the soil; you will never see treated wood posts in our vineyard trellises and we follow the guidelines of the Oregon LIVE sustainable viticulture program and Salmon Safe programs. Although we are not an organic vineyard, organic materials are used whenever possible; if and when any chemicals are used, they are very carefully selected and applied.

The pure sunlight, air, soil and rain combine to produce the flavors unique to our vineyards and wines.

Airlie Winery

FEATURED WINERY for February ~ Airlie Winery

PHILOSOPHY of winery owner Mary Olson

“From farming principles, to treatment of employees, customers, vendors and the animals we share our homes with, sustainability and relationships consume us. We believe in a lifestyle that combines work with play, a dedication to our craft with commitment to share our good fortune with others. A dream lived is a wonderful thing!”

Where did these principles get their roots?

Supportive parents, lifelong friends, and career successes have all shaped Mary Olson’s glass half full attitude in life. She has always found that happiness is directly tied to relationships rather than “stuff.” Her parents, having lived through the depression, also taught their children to save and share when they could.

Expect to be NUDGED when you visit Airlie. All tasting fees (you determine the amount) are donated to local food banks.

Thousands of dollars a year has been donated to the local food banks since she started this program. Mary calls it the Better Business Bureau. “I continue to meet payrolls and pay all bills so I think it is working quite well.”

On sunny days expect conversation and the sharing of your picnic food with fellow tasters.

Mary expanded her outdoor seating a few years ago after a couple showed up one sunny day in April. “They mentioned that they had been to other wineries in the area and that I was the only one that was busy! I looked around and commented, ’I’m not that busy, these people refuse to leave.’ These new customers ended up sharing a picnic that others had brought and have since returned many times with their own basket to share. The art of conversation is not lost it just needs a forum.”

Dogs are welcome to visit along with the humans who feed them.

While working for the telephone company, Mary Olson was transferred to Oregon and fell in love with the state and its wines. “After two years in Oregon I was transferred to Seattle and I started telling my friends that in my next life I was going to buy a winery, get a dog, and move back to Oregon. Maybe it is the unconditional love that dogs give that makes them so attractive. My two Irish Setters, Rocky and Riley, always look forward to the tasters, the other dogs that come to swim in their pond, and most of all the picnics they bring.”

Salmon Safe

Certified Sustainable & Salmon Safe

Airlie’s estate vineyard, Dunn Forest Vineyard, is certified sustainable LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology)  and Salmon Safe. “Our duty to the earth is to think about the least disruptive practices that will produce the best fruit, thus the best wine.”  Care is taken so that run off from the vineyard is not harmful to the salmon that Oregonians treasure. A little salmon humor that Mary likes to tell is that the vineyard is salmon safe, except the Pinot noir, because “ Salmon is just delicious with our Pinot noir!”

HISTORY

The town of Airlie has a rich background dating back to the early 1800’s and the Pony Express. Once a Christmas tree farm, the original owners established and began planting Dunn Forest Vineyard in 1983. They founded Airlie Winery in 1986.

“I purchased Airlie Winery and the estate vineyard in 1997. Our Wine maker Elizabeth Clark joined the Airlie Family in 2005 , Sue Shay recently joined the Airlie family as Director of Marketing and Sales,  Sebastian, 2003, Rosario, 2006 and Guadalupe 2007 round out the Willamette Valley’s best vineyard crew.

“I had a great 22 year career at the telephone company that resulted in my becoming the first woman to achieve the rank of Vice-President on the technical side of the business. As an English/Political Science major I was dependent on the knowledge and skill of others to teach, coach and enable me to succeed. In 1997 when I decided to change professions dramatically and buy a winery, this ability to learn from others allowed me to check my status as owner at the door and to acknowledge the contribution of others in the business. To this day I am most pleased to stand in front of Elizabeth’s wine, recognize the value that Oregon’s sharing grape culture has played in my knowledge in the vineyard, and to relish and enjoy the role that my friends have played in Airlie’s success.”

Nestled in the coastal mountain range on the western edge of the Willamette Valley, the inviting setting, complete with a picnic area and pond, extends any plans for just a brief stop. Located in the Heart of Willamette Valley, Corvallis, Salem, Albany, Dallas and Monmouth are just a short drive away.

Thirty-two acres of grapes consisting of eight varietals: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Müller Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, Maréchal Foch, and Muscat Ottonel make up sixty-five percent of the grapes used in making Airlie Wines. BeckenRidge Vineyard, located 20 miles away west of Dallas Oregon, supplies the remaining grapes. BeckenRidge is more than a supplier, they are friends as well. I buy their grapes and they sell my wines at their event center at the BeckenRidge Website