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


Eola Hills Wine Cellars Inc.


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!



For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Stephanie Bobb
Eola Hills Wine Cellars


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


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