The Great Eclipse Didn’t Disappoint

The Great Eclipse Didn’t Disappoint

 The Great Eclipse Didn’t Disappoint at Eola Hills!

(Salem, OR) – With the Eclipse behind us, Eola Hills still has a lot to be proud of. Four days full of activities for families, couples, and friends, the entire weekend was a huge success! The weekend started off with a concert from Nu Shooz, who had people up on their feet dancing the night away. This was followed by Eclipse educational talks, serenaded farm to table dinner by Patrick Lamb, and a Patrick Lamb concert. To finish the night, a movie in the vineyard was shown for all guests. As the crowd started to pour in Sunday, sunrise yoga, book signings by Melanie Windridge, a Quarterflash concert, and a s’mores food truck during guided stargazing was offered. Campers crowded in with their RV’s and tents to enjoy the entire weekend experience.

With a wake up call at 5:00 AM, the morning of the eclipse, breakfast was held for guests, Portland Children’s Museum came with activities for kids, and there was a barbeque lunch provided by Adam’s Ribs. The weekend wrapped up with a concert from 5 Guys Names Moe who were the perfect act to follow the amazing experience of seeing a Total Solar Eclipse.

People were blown away with the amount of preparation, hard work and commitment that went into pulling off an event like this. With a huge number of thank you emails pouring in, here are just a few to highlight the success of the event:

“The venue was fantastic, great camping, incredible food (wow the barbecue!) incredible hospitality, great bands and how could we not mention Great Wine! We just cannot thank you enough! EOLA Winery made our Total Eclipse Experience one that we will never forget! I personally think that it could not have been any better! We left the vineyard yesterday and are at Mallard Creek for a week in Lebanon. I must admit it was bittersweet leaving the vineyard. I know we live in Southern California, but would love to be on your mailing list for next years upcoming events! Thanks again for everything!” – Claudia

“I hope you’ve managed to get some rest since all the excitement has died down around the winery! Deb and I just wanted to tell you again how much we enjoyed the weekend, and how much we appreciate all the effort that went into making it such a special and unique occasion. We both look forward to visiting as wine club members, and hopefully we’ll see you again!” – David Broome

“Wanted to send you this thank you letter for such a GREAT!! Experience at your Winery. Our first phone call was just the start!!  Attention to detail, professionalism, and effort to always take care of the customer was outstanding. Your staff was so friendly and constantly wanted to take care of us.  They all made us feel like family. The Winery was such a pleasant place, and you had it so very well organized. I have been in the event planning Business for almost 25 years of my life. Have owned some restaurants, and worked for Patrick Lamb Productions for 10 years. You knocked it out of the BALL PARK for your first major Event!!!  Not an easy thing to do. Look forward to more events in the near future at Eola, VERY,VERY Happy!! Seeing the Eclipse was just icing on the cake!! Thank you so much!!” – Victoria Lessley

We couldn’t have pulled this event off without all of the help from staff and volunteers, so a huge thank you goes out to each and every one of them. Another thank you extended to all of the news stations that covered the festivities at Eola Hills Legacy Estate Vineyard, check out the video coverage below:

If you missed out on getting Eola Eclipse merchandise, there is still time! Check out our merchandise here and definitely don’t forget to get your bottle of Eclipse Pinot Noir.

 We look forward to having everyone back for Eola’s up and coming events!

 

High Street Band

 
 Get tickets here! *NO REFUNDS 

Join us for Wine Country Rocks Summer Concert Series held at Eola Hills Wine Cellars! Concert doors open at 6 pm. Concert from 7 pm – 9 pm. Enjoy wine tasting, gourmet local food options, lakeside viewing, and live music in the heart of the Willamette Valley. 

 
Concert address: 501 S Pacific Why 99W Rickreall, OR 97371
 

*Package includes the following concert:

  • High Street Band – Friday, September 15, 2017

You are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Parking available on site, a short walk to venue so bring comfortable shoes. No outside food or beverages please, thank you! 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Stephanie Bobb
Eola Hills Wine Cellars
503-623-2405
Stephanie@eolahillswinery.com

 

Eola Hills Wine Cellars and Oregon Solarfest Partner for 2017 Eclipse

 

(Madras, Oregon) – Eola Hills Wine Cellars is so excited to announce that we will be partnering with Oregon Solarfest to bring people together to enjoy beautiful mountain views and wide open spaces as the totality of the Solar Eclipse passes through Madras, Oregon.

Among the many activities provided at Oregon Solarfest including helicopter tours and hot air balloon rides, Eola Hills will be in attendance over the six days to provide delicious wine to top of the festival.   

This is definitely not something you want to miss out on whether you are coming with your friends, single, married, or have a family; all are welcome to experience these unforgettable six days while enjoying Eola Hills wine!

 

When: August 17-22 at 12 PM

Where: Madras, OR

To find out more about Oregon Solarfest Visit: https://www.oregonsolarfest.com/

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars:
Since 1986, Eola Hills Wine Cellars has produced estate-grown and award-winning wines, including its best-selling Classic Pinot Noir. Located 15 minutes West of Salem and just off of Hwy 22W, the winery offers daily wine tasting and special events led by the winery’s adventure-loving staff. Learn more at: eolahillswinery.com

http://eolahillswinery.com/blog/

Where to Sip During the Solar Eclipse

Eola Hills announces that camping spots are now available for the Solar Eclipse viewing this August 21, 2017!

Where to sip during the Solar Eclipse

Croatia Travel Blog Update #4

Hello Eola Travelers!

Less than three weeks and coming fast!

 

Here are some more bits of information that you might find helpful/interesting.

While in Venice, check with the Hotel Carlton concierge desk for side trips to:

–  Murano – “The Glass Island of Venice”

–  Burano – “The Colored Island of Lace”

Vessels to these islands, it is our understanding, leave right from the hotel docks, periodically thru the day.

 

 

 

Google the following if you want:

  • “Crawling Thru Venice’s Cicchetti Pubs”
    1. Vino Vero is a good one.  This was recommended by a couple who now resides in Oregon; however, they used to live in Venice!
    2. Kathy and I will be attempting to go there if any of you want to join us.
  • “Travel with a money belt: your portable safe”, by Rick Steves

Another local friend used to live in Split, Croatia and said to visit “the top of the hill” for the best cup of coffee.  We’ve also been told that the marina and water front areas are “happening” places around Split and the islands.

Really, all of these suggest that lots can be discovered with a little exploration.

Be sure to check our website for any updates on the trip.  Follow the link:

International Travel

 

 

See you all soon!

 

Jim & Kathy, Steve & Nancy, Tom & Debbie

Croatia Travel Blog #3

Hello again everyone!

Just another reminder to send Steve your RSVP’s to the Bon Voyage Party.  40 signed up so far!

Also, there are still a few of you who need to send us your arrival time, date, flight # into Venice.  We’ll try to, if possible, coordinate transfers to the Hotel Carlton in Venice. Along with this information, we’d like your passport #’s and your FULL names. This may speed up hotel registration, we’ve been told!

I hope you have been checking the links that we’ve sent you.  Lots of helpful information on them.  The weather in Venice has been in the mid 60’s; Spit, Croatia, in the upper 60’s to low 70’s.  Mid to upper 60’s to mid 70’s in Trento, Italy.  Periodic showers as well.  Be sure to bring your wind breakers (thanks Duncan!) and a light rain jacket, as you will likely need them, especially if the winds come up on the cruise.  Pack accordingly!

I (this is Jim writing) have been interested in the water temperature in the Adriatic (Kathy and I like to ocean swim and snorkel).  For April in Split, the water temp is a brisk 60 degrees.  Compared to Hawaii, in the winter time, water temps are 75-80 degrees.  So, prepare for a shock when you jump in!

Please check with the TSA and your airlines for any questions you may have regarding checked luggage, carry-ons and any medications/supplies you may need en route.

The following is a link that, if you desire, you can use to get updated on Croatia Visa requirements.  Again, as of now, none are required, although subject to change.  If anyone has heard definitively, please communicate this back to us.

http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

I might add that Rick Steves is very knowledgeable on European travel, all aspects, so Google his name and he is a wealth of information.  He even has specifics on our particular destinations.

Looking forward to seeing and meeting you at the party on the 8th

 

Best regards,

Jim Huggins

Croatia Travel Blog Update #2

March 24, 2017

Hello Italy/Croatia Travelers:

Hope all of you are as excited as we are for our upcoming trip to Italy and Croatia!  Can you believe it, less than a month away.

We wanted to remind you of the upcoming bon voyage party at the winery that will preview the trip, as well as update all of you on any important travel items.

The Bon Voyage Party is set for April 8th, at 4pm, at Eola Hills Wine Cellars, in the barrel room of the new addition.

We have a couple of requests of you…. 

To expedite check-in at our various hotels, email the following to Tom please:

  • Passport #’s for each traveler
  • Your first, middle and last names

To assist us in planning for your transfer from the airport to hotel in Venice, please send (Tom) the following:

  • Date and time of arrival
  • Airline and flight #
  • If you want to get to Hotel Carlton (Venice) on your own, see below for helpful directions.

Tom will be sending out a final itinerary including hotel information, cruise vessel room assignments and other helpful information.  Tom & Debbie Huggins, Steve & Nancy Anderson and Jim & Kathy Huggins will each host one of the cruise vessels.   

There has been some chatter regarding Visa requirements for Croatia.  As of this writing, neither Croatia nor Italy requires a Visa.  Both require Passports.  Helpful websites for you to frequent are:

www.Visit-croatia.co.uk

www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/croatia.html

www.croatia.hr/en-GB/Journey-through-Croatia/Useful-information

www.winemag.com/gallery/croatian-wine-on-the-rise/

www.timeout.com/city-guides/20-great-things-to-do-in-venice


Simple directions – 
Marco Polo Airport, Venice. To Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal

Exit the airport and watch for signs Water Taxi/Alilaguna/ Vaporetto (these are all the same thing). It should be a hard left from the outer doors of the airport.

Most of the way is a covered walkway and may be painted in red and white paint marked with direction to Water Taxi/Vaporetto 

Linea Arancio or Orange Line, also know as the A line
with stops at Fondamente Nove (night only), Madonna Dell’Orto, Guglie, San Stae, Rialto, Sant’Angelo, Ca’ Rezzonico, and Santa Maria del Giglio on its way to San Marco Giardinetti. (This is the line to use if you’re staying along the Grand Canal.)

  • Purchase in the airport or at the water taxi terminal a one way ticket on the orange (Arancio) line.
  • Catch the ·  Alilaguna Linea Arancio airport boats, Second or third stop at Guglie

  • Exit at Guglie water stop
  • Turn to the right and walk to the bridge ahead
  • Cross the bridge, it is on the right as you approach.
  • Follow on and into the large square, cross to the right and look for the long straight passage to the right. Rio Tera Lista di Spagna.
  • Move forward until you reach the next bridge over the canal on your left and cross over.
  • Turn right along Grand Canal, move forward, pass the large Church, state capitol looking building, Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal is 3 bldgs ahead on the Left.

Again, Tom, Steve and Jim will try to keep you posted between now and travel with important and helpful information.  We hope all of you can make it to the Bon Voyage Party on April 8th, where lots of information will be presented, as well as giving us a chance to meet one another before our trip begins and enjoy some fine wine!

Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us if you have specific concerns or questions.  Here is our contact information:

Tom Huggins –  tom-huggins@eolahillswinery.com

Steve Anderson – steve-anderson@eolahillswinery.com

Jim Huggins – jim-huggins@eolahillswinery.com

Looking forward to see you all on April 8th or in Venice!

Warm Regards,

Tom, Steve and Jim

Eola Hills Wine Cellars Invests in Local Fermentation Future

 

Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future
Oregon winery funds experimental fermentation program

 

SALEM/WILLAMETTE VALLEY, Ore. (March 24, 2017) – Eola Hills, first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region’s economic and fermentation future will be the first donor to the experimental vineyard to Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.

Pinot Noir and Chocolate will be hosted in the “Barrel Room” of Eola Hills Wine Cellars from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd. Tickets are $84. The event will feature six pairings of Pinot Noir with chocolates prepared by Fleur Chocolate and select appetizers. A colorful presentation on Clark College at Boschma Farms will be presented at 6 p.m.  Total donations from this event are expected to raise between $10,000 and $20,000.

Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boom, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized. To do so takes more than education, it requires land combined with resources for curriculum development, equipment and laboratories.

Huggins also believes this event will initiate an on-going coalition of support that includes funding from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy, and other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington. His dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States.

 

Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Washington, along with Eola Hill’s vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be pouring at the event and will explain to guests how they may contribute to the future of this experimental winery. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com.

Seating is limited, for tickets http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/

 

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars.

Three decades ago, Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins never imaged his dream of Eola Hills Wine Cellars would reach international attention. That dream is now a worldwide distributed label and Eola Hills is made up of six vineyards, over 300 planted acres, and an annual production of 93,000 cases of pinot noir and other varietals that have won international awards including Best Buy ratings year after year on their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Eola Hills Wine Cellars prides itself on producing a wine of great quality and consistency year after year. For more information: www.eolahillswinery.com.

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Media Contact: Stephanie Bobb of Eola Hills Wine Cellars:
Stephanie@eolahillswinery.com, 503-623-2405

Eola Hills Wine Cellars To Host Total Solar Eclipse Weekend Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2017

Contact: Stephanie Bobb, Special Event Coordinator,
Eola Hills Wine Cellars.
(503) 623-2405. stephanie@eolahillswinery.com

Eola Hills Wine Cellars To Host Total Solar Eclipse Weekend Festival, August 18-21, 2017

A solar eclipse will come to Oregon on Monday August 21st, 2017, and the Eola Hills Legacy Estate Vineyard, located just west of Salem, OR, falls directly in its path. You’re invited to share this rare celestial event at their 160-acre vineyard, which offers spectacular hillside views of the coastal range and the Willamette Valley. USA Today rated the Legacy Estate Vineyard as “one of the top viewing spots in the nation”. An entire weekend of activities is planned, including four concerts, educational star gazing parties, a farm to table dinner at the lake, a wine country bike tour, and a solar eclipse viewing party. All activities will be held at their Legacy Estate Vineyard, and there is something for everyone!

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Eola Does Croatia This April 2017, Meet Eola’s Tour Guides

Eola Hills International Wine Country TripsFor the past 11 years, Eola Hills Wine Cellars has embarked on a special international tour to explore new areas, new wines, and make new friends! This year Eola Hills has chosen Croatia and Italy as the top spot to visit! As April is drawing near, we like to take a chance to introduce the Eola Hills tour guides that will be attending along with some highlights, recommendations, and interesting facts about the areas we are traveling to. We do have a few spots left, so please reach out to us soon if you are interested in traveling with us. This will be a trip of a lifetime!  

For more information on this year’s trip – 2017 Eola Does Croatia and Italy Tour

Cheers, 

Tom Huggins, President/CEO
Eola Hills Wine Cellars
503.623-2405
tom-huggins@eolahillswinery.com


A Note from Tom Huggins

Eola does Croatia 2017

This trip, our 11th annual to various wine regions around the world was actually sold out over a month ago….but with a number of cancellations, we find ourselves with a few open spots, and would love to fill them!

Highlighting this year’s tour will be a 7 night Cruise along the Dalmation Coast of Croatia, island hopping from port to port, visiting some great wineries, and seeing some breathtaking country.  3 nights in the charming Istrian town of Rovinj is included in the 10 night “Main Trip”, and features several day trips to hilltop fortresses, wineries, and Roman ruins better preserved than Rome itself.
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