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:

Feb
25
Sun
B Corp Open House @ Winderlea Estate Tasting Room
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

We have invited fellow B Corp, Glory Bee to join us in our Estate Tasting Room for our second annual B Corp Open House.  Not familiar with B Corps? This is a great opportunity to learn more and to come out and sample the local, handcrafted products from companies that are using business as a force for good.  Make sure to visit Sokol Blosser and Patton Valley Vineyard as well for their B Corp celebrations, held in conjunction with Winderlea’s and featuring additional Portland based B Corporations.

Why B Corp? In 2016 Winderlea was recognized as the 2nd winery in the US to receive B Corp certification and the 4th winery to do so globally. B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA organic certification is to milk.

Pop in to taste, visit and learn more about what it means to “use business as a force for good”.

 

Winderlea Estate Tasting Room
Sunday, February 25th | 10am to 4pm
RSVPs kindly requested to 503-554-5900 or info@winderlea.com

Mar
24
Sat
Winter Dinner No. 3 | A Taste of the East @ Winderlea Estate Tasting Room
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Delight in the exotic tastes of the East as Chef Norma Buchholz takes us on a culinary voyage while demostrating the craft of sushi making.  Take a closer look for a peek of what Chef Norma has in store.

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Passed Appetizer
 sushi rolls | 2016 Meredith Mitchell Pinot blanc
Course No. 1 | tom kha soup | 2015 Winderlea Chardonnay
Course No. 2 | korean short ribs, bok choy | 2014 Worden Hill Syrah
Course No. 3 | green tea ice cream, homemade fortunate cookie | 14mmv

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Winderlea Estate Tasting Room

Saturday, March 24th | 6pm Demonstration; 6:30pm Dinner

RSVP | info@winderlea.com or 503-554-5900

Tickets | $75, inclusive

Jun
16
Sat
Maresh Vineyard Vertical Dinner @ Winderlea Estate Tasting Room
Jun 16 @ 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 thoughtfully prepared by a local chef. 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