2017 Vintage from your Winemaker, Steve Anderson

2017 Bud break to 828

 
 Oregon vines started in Spring about two weeks behind. At first this was great, as the weather was warm and dry and bloom and consequently fruit set was fantastic. Not a shot berry in sight.
 Lag phase and the clusters are full and long. a bountiful harvest predicted. Still all is well.
Summer was dry, as it is in Oregon, and very hot, more so than usual and even a bit drier. The heat actually slowed down ripening. Powdery mildew and reports of it from other vineyards  are rampant. Antonio and Jim were on it, like fruit flies in the tasting room! Now we get a bit anxious, as a normal expectation of maturity is behind and yet still within a normal range, given Oregon’s, normal (Average), not near term history (past five years).
 
Harvest for Eola begins September 14, with the always ripe M Foch, a chance to fire up the harvester and tune it up for the Pinots to be picked soon. Weather in the form of clouds and precipitation have arrived earlier than expected. All is not lost, until  suddenly, the forecast is 5 days of rain and nearly 7 inches predicted.  PICK<PICK<PICK<PICK, and the winery is full, and there is still 250 tons hanging through the rain. Unripe!  Long range forecast is 50-90% chance of precipitation every day for the next 30. Looks like harvest is over. We could really have used those two weeks we lost back at bud break, or had half as many 100 degree days. Miracle! forecast and reality changes and there is a ten day or more window of nearly 70 degree weather and we clear tanks, harvest resumes and pick the remaining fruit. Finishing strong with the Fossil Block 828 clone Pinot and Legacy Riesling on October 31, to close out the harvest phase for 2017.
 

Totals are 1365 tons, 1085 for Eola proper, and 280 tons custom crush. Quality is good, and we will produce a great value wine at a great price. The typical blocks that always shine, continue to do so. Wolf Hill 667on RG, Burgundy Block, Fossil Block Pinot, Oak Grove fields 4 and 5.

 

The 828 clone Pinot that is normally the least favorite of mine, had the advantage of hang time and has come to the winery in a great state and with flavor this year. I am working the magic to make it the best ever 828 clone Pinot, Eola has ever produced. Who knows, maybe I will select it for the barrel select this vintage?

 

New this year, I am experimentally fermenting a white Pinot Noir. That is right! A white, or clear Pinot. Think Rose’ but without the blush of color!?

 

Steven R. Anderson

Winemaker

Eola Hills Wine Cellars Inc.

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Sunday Brunch just got a makeover!

For Immediate Release: Eola Hills Sunday Brunch Just Got a Complete Makeover

The Best Oregon Wine Country Sunday Brunch is Back and better than ever!

 

(Rickreall, OR – October 12th, 2017) – Brunch Just Got a Complete Makeover!

We are pleased to announce that we are offering a NEW and IMPROVED Sunday Brunch at the winery starting October 29th!  We have been listening, and have answered the call to improve the quality of service and food for the brunch.  We have partnered with Adam’s Ribs to offer a unique assortment of breakfast entrees that will pair beautifully with our delicious wines to awaken your taste buds.  

We will still be offering some buffet items, and as a way to show our appreciation for our customers, entrees will be plated and served to your table.  No more standing in line for your favorite beverages or foods!

Our goal is to offer the BEST brunch in wine country!  We hope you notice the difference in service and quality of the food options.  As we launch the new and improved brunch we will have limited seating to ensure we provide you the experience you are seeking. Therefore, call for reservations soon! 

 

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars

In 1982, Oregonian Tom Huggins and 11 investors established their first vineyard, and in 1986, Eola Hills Wine Cellars produced its first wines. Today, founder Tom Huggins serves as General Manager and CEO. Head winemaker Steve Anderson has been with Eola Hills for more than 20 years. Eola Hills Wine Cellars strives to produce excellent wines at fair prices – wines that capture the spirit and flavors of Oregon. For more information, go to www.eolahillswinery.com.  

 

 

The Civil War is Almost Here…

For Immediate Release: The Civil War at Eola Hills is almost here!

 

Eola Hills is excited to host our 32nd Civil War Brunch!

 

(Rickreall, OR – October 6th, 2017) – The rivalry is back. For 32 years now people have been seeking out Eola Hills Civil War Brunch. This year, things are getting even better! On November 25th we will be traveling to Autzen to watch the Beavers take on the Ducks. However, if you can’t make it on the trip, we will also be having a viewing party at the winery in Rickreall with Civil War festivities.

 

There are 3 different types of packages:

            Brunch Only – $39

            Brunch & Bus – $99

            Brunch, Bus & Game Tickets – $249

 

Grab your football gear, get in your car and head on over to see us at Eola Hills Wine Cellars for an unforgettable day cheering on the team you love!

 

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars

In 1982, Oregonian Tom Huggins and 11 investors established their first vineyard, and in 1986, Eola Hills Wine Cellars produced its first wines. Today, founder Tom Huggins serves as General Manager and CEO. Head winemaker Steve Anderson has been with Eola Hills for more than 20 years. Eola Hills Wine Cellars strives to produce excellent wines at fair prices – wines that capture the spirit and flavors of Oregon. For more information, go to www.eolahillswinery.com.  

 

 

 

Eola Takes a Ducks Trip

For Immediate Release: Eola Hills is taking a road trip to watch the Ducks!

Join Eola Hills in watching the Oregon Ducks vs. the Washington Huskies!

 

(Rickreall, OR – October 6th, 2017) – Eola Hills Wine Cellars is known for taking road trips to see the Beavers, but it’s time to introduce Duck trips! After all, isn’t it about the love for sports (and wine)?

 

On November 3rd, we will be taking the Amtrak to Seattle and arriving early afternoon. Friday night, get ready to let loose and enjoy a wine reception! Saturday, November 4th is GAME DAY where we will take a boat cruise from Lake Union, three hours to game time and then dock at Husky Stadium. After a weekend full of fun, sports, and wine, we will return home on Sunday.

 

This trip is only $599 per person and includes; R/T train, 2 nights in downtown Seattle. Game tickets, pre-game cruise, and wine reception. We are super excited to travel with you so please visit our website or call Stephanie Bobb at the website for more details or to book your trip!

 

 

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars

In 1982, Oregonian Tom Huggins and 11 investors established their first vineyard, and in 1986, Eola Hills Wine Cellars produced its first wines. Today, founder Tom Huggins serves as General Manager and CEO. Head winemaker Steve Anderson has been with Eola Hills for more than 20 years. Eola Hills Wine Cellars strives to produce excellent wines at fair prices – wines that capture the spirit and flavors of Oregon. For more information, go to www.eolahillswinery.com.  

 

 

Breast Cancer Fundraiser

For Immediate Release: Breast Cancer Fundraiser at Eola Hills Wine Cellars!

Movie Night at Eola Hills Wine Cellars to Support Finding the cure for Breast Cancer!

 

(Rickreall, OR – October 6th, 2017) – Eola Hills is super excited to be hosting an event for such a great cause. Breast Cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women, which means it affects thousands of lives on a daily basis. Our hope at Eola Hills is that we can be a part of finding the cure.

 

We want to invite you to a movie night featuring Pretty in Pink where all guests will receive a FREE Pink wine tasting, opportunities to take fun photos in our pink themed photo booth, all while supporting a great cause! Snacks will be available for purchase and 20% of all PINK wine sales will go to the American Cancer Society. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. We look forward to spending movie night with you!

 

When: October 21st, doors open at 5 PM and the film starts at 6 PM

Where: Eola Hills Wine Cellars

 

 

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars

In 1982, Oregonian Tom Huggins and 11 investors established their first vineyard, and in 1986, Eola Hills Wine Cellars produced its first wines. Today, founder Tom Huggins serves as General Manager and CEO. Head winemaker Steve Anderson has been with Eola Hills for more than 20 years. Eola Hills Wine Cellars strives to produce excellent wines at fair prices – wines that capture the spirit and flavors of Oregon. For more information, go to www.eolahillswinery.com.  

 

 

 

Don’t Miss Holiday Movie Monday’s with Eola Hills!

For Immediate Release: Movie Monday’s with Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Eola Hills Christmas Movie Series Begins November 27th!

(Rickreall, OR – October 6th, 2017) – Everyone loves the holidays, including us here at Eola Hills. We want to bring a little extra fun and joy to your holiday season by kicking it off with a movie series! What could be better than starting your week off with movie snacks, friends, wine and Christmas movies?

 

There are 3 showings to choose from:

November 27 – Sound of Music

December 4 – The Grinch

December 18 – White Christmas

 

Cost: General Admission $4, Wine Club $2

Doors open at 5:30 and the movie begins at 6:30 which gives you enough time to enjoy a glass of wine (or bottle) before the movie! Spread some holiday happiness and be sure to join us in our Monday Christmas Movie Series!

 

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars

In 1982, Oregonian Tom Huggins and 11 investors established their first vineyard, and in 1986, Eola Hills Wine Cellars produced its first wines. Today, founder Tom Huggins serves as General Manager and CEO. Head winemaker Steve Anderson has been with Eola Hills for more than 20 years. Eola Hills Wine Cellars strives to produce excellent wines at fair prices – wines that capture the spirit and flavors of Oregon. For more information, go to www.eolahillswinery.com.  

 

 

Harvest 2017

A day in the life of a harvester…

It takes a village to harvest grapes. Early mornings. Late nights. We couldnt do what we do here at Eola Hills without our amazing vineyard crew, and they were kind enough to let us spend the day with them so we thought we would share it with all of you…take a look!

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

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