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…]
Eola Hills Wine Cellars: 30 Year Celebration
Join us on Saturday, November 5th 2016 to help Eola Hills Wine Cellars celebrate 30 years of great wines and great times! We invite our friends to enjoy complimentary wine tasting, live music, and local culinary bites at all three locations – Rickreall, McMinnville and newest property Legacy Estate Vineyard. All locations will be offering specials on our wines. Stay tuned for all the festivities we will announcing including upcoming events like the 2017 Great American Eclipse! Ask about us about overnight packages and winemaker dinner. For more details, visit our website at www.eolahillswinery.com or call 503-623-2405. [Read more…]
Rickreall, OR Eola Hills Wine Cellars invites the public to a Star Party at its Legacy Estate Vineyard in Salem on the evening of Friday, July 17. Members of the Salem-based astronomy
club, NightSky45, will be on hand with their telescopes and knowledge about features visible in the night sky, from the moon to familiar constellations named after months of the Zodiac.
Children 8 years and older are welcome at this family friendly event. (Please leave dogs at home.) To make sure the evening is comfortable for all, it’s recommended that stargazers wear
appropriate clothing for the weather, bring bug spray, lawn chairs or a blanket to rest on (or provide warmth if it gets chilly).
Star Party Schedule
Friday, July 17
7 9 pm
A “Star Flight” of wines will be offered at the Legacy Hills Tasting Room ($10). Wine will also be available by the glass.
Stargazers are welcome to bring picnics or supplies to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. (S’mores supplies available as well, for $2/person)
Family friendly games on the lawn.
8:30pm Latest suggested time to arrive.
8:53 pm Sun sets, twilight begins.
9:30 11:30 pm Optimal viewing time. Telescopes provided.
About Legacy Estate Vineyard
Legacy Estate Vineyard is Eola Hills Wine Cellars’ newest and largest vineyard, where plantings
began in 2008. Now coming into full production, Legacy offers beautiful vineyard and valley
views, and is a prime location for viewing the night sky. Legacy’s tasting room can be found in
an old barn on the site, and is open Friday – Sundays, 11 am 6 pm.