Croatia Travel Blog Update #2

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:

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 –

Steve Anderson –

Jim Huggins –

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,

Seating is limited, for tickets


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:


Media Contact: Stephanie Bobb of Eola Hills Wine Cellars:, 503-623-2405

Eola Hills Wine Cellars To Host Total Solar Eclipse Weekend Festival

March 10, 2017

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

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


Tom Huggins, President/CEO
Eola Hills Wine Cellars

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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New Wines Unveiled by Oregon’s Eola Hills Wine Cellars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        

January 31, 2016                                                        
Contact: Steve Anderson, Head Winemaker, Eola Hills Wine Cellars.
(503) 623-2405.
(To request wine samples for review, contact Steve or


2017 Eclipse Wine, Two Sparkling Varietals and Winery’s First Tempranillo Among New Wines Unveiled by Eola Hills Wine Cellars



RICKREALL, OR —On the heels of its 30th anniversary (celebrated in November 2016), Eola Hills Wine Cellars – one of Oregon’s oldest, locally-owned wineries – is proud to unveil a number of new releases and specialty wines this year, including a commemorative Pinot Noir celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse set to sweep across Oregon in August; two sparkling wines made in the traditional champenoise method; a 1996 and 1997 Colheita LBV Port Wine; Barrel Select Reserve Pinot Noir and the first Tempranillo every produced by Eola Hills Wine Cellars.

New releases and specialty wines include the following: [Read more…]

Oregon Wine Press Features Eola Hills 30 Year Anniversary

December 1, 2016
Party on, Eola Hills
Winery honors 30 years with righteous party
By Neil Zawicki

Eola Hills Wine Cellars recently turned 30 years old. What started as a well-developed curiosity for an insurance agent has grown into an internationally distributed label with six vineyards, 100 planted acres and an annual production of 93,000 cases.

Eola Hills Wine Cellars founder Tom Huggins (left) with his daughter, Kylie Huggins, and longtime winemaker Steve Anderson celebrate the 30th anniversary of the winery at the Rickreall headquarters.
Photo by Neil Zawicki

To mark the landmark anniversary, the family-run winery hosted a celebration Nov. 5 at its tasting room in McMinnville and, of course, at the winery in Rickreall, where the brand has been growing since 1986.

Walking into the party in Rickreall, I felt like a teenager again — I was 15 in 1986 — as ‘80s dance music thumped inside the entrance. A classic slow dance number from Toto — I think — echoed off the high walls, as colored lights drifted lazily across the ceiling. Immediately, I had flashbacks to school dances, and in every corner of the packed room were people of similar age, some of them dancing long-forgotten moves from decades past, others simply standing, enjoying glasses of Pinot, Chardonnay and Tempranillo.

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Wine Country Easter Brunch Sunday, April 16, 2017

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Eola Wine Club Pick-Up Party April 15, 2017


The Great American Eclipse August 18-21, 2017

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2016 Harvest News

30 Years of Great Times and Great Wines

Rickreall, Oregon – At Eola Hills Wine Cellars, this year is the winery’s 30th Anniversary year and it will be one for the record books.

The winery recorded another early harvest, picking seven tons of estate grown Pinot Noir grapes from our Fossil Block at Legacy Estate Vineyard on the morning of August 29. The early harvest was to ensure optimal ripeness of these grapes destined to become a Blanc de Noir sparkling wine. An early harvest was key to ensure the grapes’ Brix was no higher than 19, and came in perfectly at 18.7, optimum when making sparkling wines. It was an early finish too, as all our contracted fruit arrived at the winery before the end of November! “The beginning of harvest was one of our earliest ever, with 2016 being the first time in our 30 year history that ALL of our estate fruit was picked before October 1st:” Noted Vineyard Operations Manager, Jim Huggins.

Several factors have led to the winery’s bumper crop, beginning with warm and dry Spring conditions that contributed to early bud break and good fruit set, followed by a warm, dry Summer that also contributed to an early and abundant crop of beautifully mature fruit. The crop experienced little damage by birds, as early-ripening fruit and the resulting early harvest meant that birds had not yet arrived to feast on their favorite fruit! [Read more…]