Where to Sip During the Solar Eclipse

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.


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:






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.


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

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


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. steve-anderson@eolahillswinery.com
(To request wine samples for review, contact Steve or kylie@eolahillswinery.com)


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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Eola Hills Goes to Geiser Grand Hotel March 11-13

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