Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

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  • Wines Produced:
    Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Rose of Pinot noir, Syrah
  • Hours:
    Winderlea is open daily from 10am to 4pm
 
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About Winderlea

Winderlea Vineyard & Winery is a boutique winery specializing in the limited production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay from Oregon.  Transplanted Bostonians Bill Sweat and Donna Morris founded Winderlea in 2005 with the purchase of the renowned Goldschmidt Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. The earliest plantings on Winderlea’s 20 acre estate vineyard date back to 1974 and include Pommard, Wädenswil and the Coury clones.  With their purchase in 2006 they introduced sustainable practices allowing the vineyard to earn its LIVE and Salmon Safe certifications in 2008, a year in which they started to farm organically. In 2009 they began employing biodynamic practices and anticipate vineyard certification with the 2015 vintage. In April of 2015 Winderlea announced it became the 2nd winery in Oregon and 4th winery globally to have achieved B Corp certification. B Corp certification is to sustainable business what LEED certification is to green building or Fair Trade certification is to coffee.  1,250 Certified B Corps from more than 38 countries and 60 industries work together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business by meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability and performance and to ultimately use business as a force for good.

In addition to their estate wines, Winderlea makes wines with fruit from some of their neighbors in the legendary Dundee Hills including the Maresh, Weber, Juliard and Murto Vineyards. In 2010 they started to purchase fruit outside of the Dundee Hills from the likes of the Shea, Crawford-Beck and Meredith Mitchell Vineyards. In 2014 Winderlea established a long term lease on the 23 acre Meredith Mitchell Vineyard in McMinnville and with that have taken over the farming and established biodynamic farming practices to align with their estate vineyard.  Winderlea wines are made by veteran winemaker Robert Brittan who moved to Oregon in 2006 after 16 years leading winemaking at Stags’ Leap winery in Napa and Far Niente and St. Andrews before that.  Morris and Sweat reside in Dundee and are committed to continuing the traditions of responsible stewardship of the land and the highest quality artisan winemaking.

The proceeds of Winderlea’s $20 tasting fee is donated to iSalud!, the organization that provides healthcare services to Oregon’s vineyard workers and their families.

During the summer months, Winderlea hosts a Friday lunch at their tasting room on the vineyard.  A vineyard tour, tasting and 3 course luncheon paired with Winderlea wines is just $60 (inclusive).  Reservations are required for these intimate lunches

Map & Events:


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Winderlea Events:

May
19
Sat
Pre-Memorial Weekend Open House | Winery Tasting Room @ Winery Tasting Room
May 19 – May 20 all-day

Join us at our Winery Tasting Room in the historic Granary District in McMinnville for a taste of both Brittan and Winderlea wines, each paired with a sumptuous bite. New releases and limited production wines will be featured on the flight to kick off the beginning of the summer season.

 

 

Winery Tasting Room | 829 NE 5th St. #700,  McMinnville
Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th | 11am to 4pm, both days

Tasting Fee | $20
(Complimentary for Brittan and Winderlea Wine Club members, plus 3 guests)

RSVP | For more information please contact Ben Sanderlin at  info@brittanvineyards.com

Jun
9
Sat
Maresh Vineyard Vertical Dinner @ Winderlea Estate Tasting Room
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We invite you to join us for a five year vertical of the Maresh Vineyard at our annual Vineyard Vertical Dinner. This retrospective will be creatively prepared by Chef Ryan Childs of Chez Panisse and author of The Complete Book of Salt Block Cooking. Menu preview to come!

We work with a handful of very special vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley and we have chosen to highlight the fifth oldest vineyard in the state and the oldest on Worden Hill Road, planted to Pinot noir in 1970 in the heart of the red hills of Dundee by Loie and Jim Maresh Sr.

Maresh Vertical

2011 Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir

2012 Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir

2013 Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir

2014 Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir

2015 Maresh Vineyard Pinot noir

Jul
6
Fri
Winderlea Summer Lunch No. 1 | 2009 Metier Pinot noir @ Winderlea Estate Tasting Room
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the Winderlea Estate Tasting Room for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of our current releases of wines and a 3 course luncheon overlooking the estate. Each lunch features a specially curated pairing of a cellar selection from our library. The experience begins at 11 am with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of our current releases of Winderlea wines. A 3-course lunch will be served at noon and feature a limited release selection from the library.

 

 

MENU

Passed Appetizer | smoked corn beignets, creme fraiche, smoked salmon
Starter | watermelon salad, pancetta, feta, mint, shallots
Main | grilled chicken salad & zucchini salad, shaved vegetables & tzatziki dressing
Dessert | mixed berry shortcake & basil cream

$65 per person, inclusive

Lunch prepared by Red Hills Market | Featured Library Wine: 2009 Metier Pinot noir

To make your reservation, please call 503-554-5900 or email info@winderlea.com

Jul
13
Fri
Winderlea Summer Lunch No. 2 | 2010 Dundee Hills Vineyard Pinot noir
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the Winderlea Estate Tasting Room for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of our current releases of wines and a 3 course luncheon overlooking the estate. Each lunch features a specially curated pairing of a cellar selection from our library. The experience begins at 11 am with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of our current flight of Winderlea wines. A 3 course lunch will be served at noon and feature a limited release selection from the library.

 

$65 per person, inclusive

Lunch Prepared by Chef Norma Buchholz | Featured Library Wine: 2010 Dundee Hills Vineyard Pinot noir

To RSVP please call 503-554-5900 or email info@winderlea.com

Jul
20
Fri
Winderlea Summer Lunch No. 3 | 2011 Juliard Vineyard Pinot noir @ Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the Winderlea Estate Tasting Room for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of our current releases of wines and a 3 course luncheon overlooking the estate. Each lunch features a specially curated pairing of a cellar selection from our library. 
The experience begins at 11 am with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of our current flight of Winderlea wines. A 3 course lunch will be served at noon and feature a limited release selection from the library.

$65 per person, inclusive

Lunch prepared by Chef Shiloh Ficek | Featured Library Wine: 2011 Juliard Vineyard Pinot noir

To RSVP please call 503-554-5900 or email info@winderlea.com

Jul
27
Fri
Winderlea Summer Lunch No. 4 | 2010 Winderlea Chardonnay @ Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the Winderlea Estate Tasting Room for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of our current releases of wines and a 3 course luncheon overlooking the estate. Each lunch features a specially curated pairing of a cellar selection from our library.


The experience begins at 11 am with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of our current flight of Winderlea wines. A 3 course lunch will be served at noon and feature a limited release selection from the library.

$65 per person, inclusive

Lunch prepared by Chef Norma Buchholz | Featured Library Wine: 2010 Winderlea Chardonnay

To make a reservation, please call 503-554-5900 or email info@winderlea.com

To RSVP please call 503.554.5900 or email us at info@winderlea.com

Aug
3
Fri
Winderlea Summer Lunch No. 5 | 2012 Murto Vineyard Pinot noir @ Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the Winderlea Estate Tasting Room for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of our current releases of wines and a 3 course luncheon overlooking the estate. Each lunch features a specially curated pairing of a cellar selection from our library.

The experience begins at 11am with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of our current flight of Winderlea wines. A 3 course lunch will be served at noon and feature a limited release selection from the library.

 

$65 per person, inclusive

Lunch prepared by Chef Shiloh Ficek | Featured Library Wine: 2012 Murto Vineyard Pinot noir

To RSVP,  please call 503-554-5900 or email us at info@winderlea.com

Aug
10
Fri
Winderlea Summer Lunch No. 6 | 2012 Shea Vineyard Pinot noir @ Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the Winderlea Estate Tasting Room for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of our current releases of wines and a 3 course luncheon overlooking the estate. Each lunch features a specially curated pairing of a cellar selection from our library.


The experience begins at 11am with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of our current flight of Winderlea wines. A 3 course lunch will be served at noon and feature a limited release selection from the library.

 

Menu

Passed Appetizer | smoked shrimp cocktail shooters
Starter | heirloom tomato nectar martini, fried basil and mozzarella
Main | seared yellowfin tuna, whipped wasabi potato sauce
Dessert | baird peach pana cotta

$65 per person, inclusive

Lunch Prepared by Chef Red Hills Market | Featured Library Wine: 2012 Shea Vineyard Pinot noir

To RSVP please call 503-554-5900 or email info@winderlea.com

Aug
17
Fri
Winderlea Summer Lunch No. 7 | 2009 Metier Pinot noir @ Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Aug 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the Winderlea Estate Tasting Room for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of our current releases of wines and a 3 course luncheon overlooking the estate. Each lunch features a specially curated pairing of acellar selection from our library.


The experience begins at 11 am with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of our current flight of Winderlea wines. A 3 course lunch will be served at noon and feature a limited release selection from the library.

$65 per person, inclusive

Lunch prepared by Chef Shiloh Ficek | Featured Library Wine: 2009 Metier Pinot noir

To RSVP please call 503-554-5900 or email info@winderlea.com

Aug
24
Fri
Winderlea Summer Lunch No. 8 | 2010 Winderlea Chardonnay @ Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the Winderlea Estate Tasting Room for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of our current releases of wines and a 3 course luncheon overlooking the estate. Each lunch features a specially curated pairing of a cellar selection from our library.


The experience begins at 11 am with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of our current flight of Winderlea wines. A 3 course lunch will be served at noon and feature a limited release selection from the library.

$65 per person, inclusive

Lunch prepared by Chef Shiloh Ficek | Featured Library Wine: 2010 Winderlea Chardonnay

To RSVP please call 503-554-5900 or email info@winderlea.com