As fate would have it, it’s that time of year when an excursion through Willamette Valley wine country seems not just fun, but necessary. I decided to shake things up a little so we got our start in Salem. Arguably, the vineyards in the west Salem area and the fruit that is harvested here is first class. In my opinion this region is under appreciated as evidenced by the few wineries located here, as compared to the northern most ???
Our first stop, St. Innocent Winery – Great wine and very nice people. St. Innocent Winery was founded in 1988 by Mark Vlossak who continues to be the winemaker, read more…
Second, Evening Land Vineyards. This winery, though located in a West Salem industrial park was probably the favorite. Outstanding wine and a very charming tasting counselor named Ian Burch. Ian was in torn jeans and boots due to the fact he was working this day. Racking barrels and managing the crew all seemed second nature to this very knowledgeable “wine guy” If you get a chance to visit here do it, but call ahead.
Our third stop was Evesham Wood Vineyards & Winery. We had a small glitch in our timing between winery visits so we had only a small amount of time to visit. (no pics) Our guide was Erin Nuccioat, a very nice and informative winemaker. We tasted through their Evasham line up as well as the Hayden Fig wines, wonderful!
The fourth and last stop of the day was SOTER Vineyards. If you’ve never been here then you’re missing out. Upon our arrival at Soter, we were all greeted with a taste of North Valley Highland White wine. (a Chardonnay & Gewurztraminer blend) A Good start but normally the ‘greeting wine’ is their highly touted Brut Rose. Unfortunately they were sold out due to its popularity. This sparkling gem is some of the best in Oregon. Their 2009 Brut will be available late fall. Please check back. Sitting in their tasting room (we call it the tasting room but it is so much more) on a perfect Oregon summer afternoon is always exhilarating. The architectural design and incredible view take your breath away. A Soter visit has to be experienced to be appreciated. They are open by appointment only. Don’t just stop by, you’ll be turned away. You may call for an appointment of call me and I’ll help you set it up.