The latest news about the Dundee Hills AVA
Tips for getting the best photos in Oregon wine country
KOIN News | August 2023
Airen Vandevoort joined AM Extra to share some tips for ameatur photorgaphers that she utilizes in her own role as a content specialist for Durant Winery. She also highlighted some of her favorite spots to visit for photography including Stoller Family Estate, De Ponte, Domaine Drouhin and more.
Tips for family-friendly outings in Oregon wine country
KOIN News | July 2023
Wine country days are for everyone! With kid-friendly juice tasting, nature trails, lawn games, and pet-friendly areas, the whole family can join the fun. Patty Meuchel from Knudsen Vineyards shared her tips and favorite spots when planning a Dundee Hills trip.
TIME Magazine featured the Willamette Valley as one of the world’s 50 greatest places and celebrated it as “the new Napa”. When vines were first planted in the Dundee Hills in the 1970’s, no one would have guessed this AVA would become home to more than 700 wineries. As this article notes, the wine scene is the powerhouse of the Willamette Valley, but the luxurious accommodations and seasonal, local menus from renowned chefs also draw visitors from around the world.
The 10 Best New Pinot Noirs From Oregon’s Willamette Valley, One of the Country’s Top Wine Regions
Robb Report | April 2023
Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen from the Robb Report featured three Dundee Hills wines in a roundup of their favorite Pinot Noirs from around the Willamette Valley. They also noted the similarities between Burgundy and the Willamette Valley and celebrate the “temperate summers with cool nights, sunny autumns, and a combination of volcanic and sedimentary soil” that make the area a perfect haven for Pinot Noir.
Dobbes Family Estate: 2023 Oregon Winery Of The Year
Great Northwest Wines | April 2023
Eric Degerman notes that following the numerous gold medals they were awarded at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, Dobbes Family Estate was named Great Northwest Wine’s 2023 Oregon Winery of the Year. With winemaker Derek Einberger and assistant winemaker Rachael Fishman leading the production, Degerman anticipates they will continue to chart a course that’s producing some of the state’s top wines.
In a compilation of the eleven best wineries in Oregon by Tyler James at That Oregon Life, Dundee Hills members were six of those featured. James called the state “a true wine lover’s paradise” and one that offers “an unforgettable experience for all who visit.”
Uncorking the Hidden Gems: A Look into Small Wine Producers in the Dundee Hills of Oregon
The Wine Bulletin | January 2023
Joe Campbell features Anderson Family Vineyard and Élevée Winegrowers as two wineries that “perfectly embody the spirit and character of the region….known for producing some of the finest Burgundian style wines in the world.”
Oregon Wines Cast Sparkles During Winter Doldrums
Great Northwest Wine | January 2023
Sophia McDonald features two wineries in the Dundee Hills known for their sparkling wines, a growing draw for the region. Argyle Winery was the first in the Dundee Hills to produce sparkling wine, and newcomer Domaine Willamette, is the “first winery exclusively dedicated to producing world-class méthode Champenoise sparkling wines.”
KOIN Wine Wednesday: Holiday wine pairing tricks
KOIN AM News Extra | December 2022
Winter’s Hill Estate winemaker, Russell Gladhart, joins the KOIN team in-studio to offer his tips for pairing wines with a holiday menu, and suggests a few favorite recipes from Dundee Hills restaurants.
How to Find the Best Wines from Oregon
Food & Wine | October 2022
Brian Freedman notes that “Oregon, and the Willamette Valley in particular, have become sources of some of the most exciting, exacting, and terroir-specific Pinots in the world” in addition to numerous other varietals that are bringing visitors from around the world. Freedman included Argyle Winery, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Domaine Serene and Lange Estate as a few of the standout wineries in the Dundee Hills visitors should not miss.
Buy Now: Oregon Pinot Noir
James Suckling | October 2022
Celebrating the affordability of excellent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir in comparison to wines from Burgundy, the article mentions 10 standout pinots, including vintages from Domaine Drouhin and Domaine Serene.
KOIN Wine Wednesday: Cramoisi Vineyard
KOIN AM News Extra | September 2022
Sofia Torres-McKay, owner of Cramoisi Vineyard, offered insight into the late-season harvest of 2022, sharing what’s happening in the vineyards across the Dundee Hills as the grapes finish ripening.
A Wine-Centric Weekend In Newberg Oregon
Portrait Magazine | August 2022
Margarett Waterbury offers readers a thorough itinerary for a weekend in wine country and features several Dundee Hills members including Native Flora, Alexana Winery, ROCO Winery, and The Setting Inn as can’t-miss stops along the way.
10Best | Trusted Travel & Lifestyle Advice
USA Today | July 2022
Four Dundee Hills members – Argyle Winery, Sokol Blosser Winery, Stoller Family Estate and Archery Summit – were included as nominees in the USA Today’s 2022 Readers Choice 10 Best | Trusted Travel and Lifestyle Advice.
Oregon Wine Press | June 2022
L.M. Archer shares how forty years of friendship between Véronique Boss-Drouhin, winemaker of Domaine Drouhin Oregon, and Isabelle Dutartre, winemaker of De Ponte Cellars birthed their shared label, Caballus Cellars, now in its tenth year of producing exceptional Pinot Noirs.
10 American Sparkling Wines We Love
Wine Enthusiast | June 2022
Wine Enthusiast offered a list of their ten favorite domestic sparkling wines, and three hail from the Dundee Hills – Argyle Winery, Domaine Serene, and ROCO Winery – more than any other region in the country.
Wine Wednesday: Wineries help to protect ecosystems
KOIN AM News Extra | April 2022
Bill Sweat with Winderlea Vineyard and Winery shares about the commitment to sustainability across the Dundee Hills.
Message in a Bottle
Sophisticated Living | March 2022
Bridget Williams takes readers through her tasting itinerary on her visit to the Dundee Hills with stops including Argyle Winery, Anderson Family Vineyard, Cramoisi Vineyard, Élevée Winegrowers, Maresh Red Barn, Native Flora, and Purple Hands Winery. She says “even more than a good pour (preferably red), what [she] loves is a good yarn, and a trip to the Dundee Hills in Oregon’s Willamette Valley yielded both in abundance
For Your Thanksgiving Table’s Pinot Noir, Look to the Pacific Northwest
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens | November 2021
Two Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association members were included in Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave’s Thanksgiving pairing recommendations on Cottages & Gardens for their exceptional sparkling wines. ROCO Winery’s RMS Brut and Domaine Serene’s “Evenstad Reserve” Dundee Hills Brut M.V. 2 were both featured as exceptional options for the holiday season.
Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2021
Wine Spectator | November 2021
Every year the Wine Spectator releases their Top 100 wines from around the world with selections “based on quality, value, availability and excitement.” This year the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association is thrilled to congratulate Alexana and Arterberry Maresh, both of whom were selected for this prestigious recognition for their 2018 Pinot Noirs.
The Next Big Sparkling Wine Destination Isn’t Where You’d Expect
Travel + Leisure | October 2021
Valerie Stivers and Hank Zona feature several Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association members as they encourage their readers to look beyond the Willamette Valley’s award-winning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays to the sparkling wine scene that is budding in the Dundee Hills and beyond, noting that because “many of these bottles are small-batch or limited releases, the ideal (and sometimes, the only) way to try them is to visit.”
Why Oregon Wine Producers Are Seeing Pink
Forbes | August 2021
Lana Bortolot highlights several Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association members in her Forbes.com article, Why Oregon Wine Producers Are Seeing Pink. She notes that while the region is known around the world for its Pinot Noir, the same grape can be used to craft “multidimensional rosés that deliver both freshness and complexity.”
10 Family-friendly Tasting Rooms in Oregon
SIP Magazine | August 2021
Aakanksha Agarwal of SIP Magazine proves the whole family can enjoy an adventure to wine country in her roundup of 10 Family-friendly Tasting Rooms in Oregon. Among her picks are three from the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association family-friendly experiences, room to explore, and special menu options just for kids.
Scores were released for three Dundee Hills wineries from James Suckling, and all were remarkable. Congratulations to Purple Hands Winery for its seven wines (2018s) scoring 93+, to Bergstrom Wines for its seven wines (2019s) scoring 94+, and to Domaine Serene Winery for its nine wines (2018s) scoring 95+!
USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021
USA Today | July 2021
USA Today included several of our members in their 2021 Reader’s Choice 10 Best | Trusted Travel and Lifestyle Advice lists. The Dundee Hills is proud to have the most representation of any AVA in the state, proving yet again that if you want to visit Oregon wine country, you want to visit the Dundee Hills.
#4 – The Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard | Best Wine Country Hotel
#5 – Stoller Family Estate | Best Tasting Room
#6 – Sokol Blosser Winery | Best Winery Restaurant
The 11 Best Oregon Pinot Noirs to Drink in 2021
Liquor.com | February 17, 2021
Liquor.com recently highlighted the eleven best Oregon wines to drink in 2021 and it includes seven wines produced by our Dundee Hills members. It’s time to restock your cellar with some new favorites!
JAMESSUCKLING.COM – TOP 100 WINES
James Suckling’s annual list of the Top 100 wines in the United States includes several vintages from Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association members. For the first time, the top two wines on Suckling’s list this year were Chardonnays, one of the varietals the Dundee Hills is most known for. The state of Oregon was the second most represented on the list, following California.
WINE SPECTATOR’S TOP 100 OF 2020
Dundee Hills vintages have captured the hearts of wine connoisseurs around the nation and around the world. we’re thrilled to congratulate Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association members Résonance, The Four Graces, Bergström Wines And Stoller Family Estate for their inclusion in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Of 2020.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: BURGUNDY PRODUCERS CRAFT HIGH-QUALITY WINE IN WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Forbes | December 2020
Michelle Williams of Forbes highlights the Burgundian influence in Oregon Pinot Noir in her article, Best Of Both Worlds: Burgundy Producers Craft High-Quality Wine In Willamette Valley. She delves into the history of Résonance Wines and their establishment in the Dundee Hills by Thibault Gagey in 2013 following his retirement after 42 years of making Maison Louis Jadot wine in Burgundy. She then offers the history of Joseph Drouhin’s first conversations with David Lett and David Adelsheim that led to the purchase of a property in the Dundee Hills.
CHOOSING THE BEST OF OREGON’S PINOT NOIR FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Forbes | November 2020
Joseph V Micallef of Forbes offers his recommendations for Oregon Pinot Noir from the 900 wineries and 1,300 vineyards in Oregon in his article, Choosing The Best Of Oregon’s Pinot Noir For The Holidays. Among his recommendations were vintages from several Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association members.
36 Of The Best Pinot Noirs Willamette Valley Has To Offer
Forbes | July 2020
Offering a brief history of winegrowing in the Willamette Valley– from planting the fist vines in 1965 through today with more than 600 wineries in existence– Michelle Williams shares some of the standout Pinot Noirs of the region. Among her favorites are the 2015 Domaine Drouhin ‘Laurene’ Pinot Noir, 2016 Sokol Blosser ‘Orchard’ Pinot Noir, 2016 Stoller Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, 2016 Torii Mor ‘Olson Estate Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, and the 2014 Native Flora ‘The Heretic North Slope’ Pinot Noir.
Your Guide to Great Summer Wines — Spectacular Sparkling, Rosé, White and Red Picks
Paper City | July 2020
James Brock offers his summer wine guide, with options just as perfect for a family-only dinner party as they are for a takeout meal. With recommendations spanning the globe, the Dundee Hills is home to several of his top picks including the 2016 Argyle Vintage Brut with fruit from Knudsen Vineyard among others, the 2017 Ruby Primo from Native Flora, and the 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé, Stoller Family Estate.
Collaboration is Key
Oregon Wine Press | May 2020
Kerry McDaniel Boenisch gives a history of the early days in the Dundee Hills, comparing the disruption that occurred with the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens with the disruption the coronavirus has brought in spring of 2020. She highlights the spirit of collaboration that permeated the region then and continues to live strong today.
Oregon’s Willamette Valley Makes Rosé Like No Place Else On Earth
Forbes | May 2020
Leslie Kelly offers a who’s who of rosé wines in the Willamette Valley, encouraging readers to check out a few of the notable rosé wines in the region on their next visit. Among those highlighted are Domaine Drouhin, Furioso Vineyards, Domaine Roy & Fils, Sokol Blosser, Winter’s Hill and Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards.
Eric Asimov takes his readers to the Willamette Valley to discover Chardonnay wines as the featured topic of his Wine School column. He notes that in the last 15 years, “Oregon seems to have found its own groove, pursuing a leaner style, with lively acidity and plenty of nuance.” He highlights several Dundee Hills members for their exceptional Chardonnay offerings including Bergström Vineyards, Domaine Drouhin, and Stoller.
Jade Helm highlights the explosion of recognition of Chardonnay within Oregon and the Dundee Hills. While it took several decades for Oregon’s Pinot Noir to become internationally celebrated, Chardonnay has done the same in less than ten years. ROCO Winery and Knudsen Winery are mentioned as producers of exceptional Chardonnays among others in the AVA and the state.
A significant change is underway as Knudsen Vineyards prepares to open their first tasting room in the space formerly occupied by Erath Winery. Michael Alberty notes the transition feels appropriate because of the relationship between the two groups. Cal Knudsen and Dick Erath began working together in 1971 and four years later created a partnership to begin Knudsen Erath Winery.
SFGate | December 2019
A guide to wine tasting in Oregon
The Evening Standard | Rosemary Behan | September 2019
Behan makes the case for visitors to skip California in favor of Oregon’s wine scene and highlights her experiences at Sokol Blosser and Durant Vineyards at Red Ridge Farms.
Winter’s Hill Interview with Real Wine Julia
KPNW Radio | Julia Crowley | August 2019
Crowley invites Russell Gladhart and his mother, Emily, to the studio to taste wine and explore the origins of Winter’s Hill, one of several multi-generational wineries in the Dundee Hills.
Oregon Pinot Noir – Meeting The Challenge
Forbes | Tom Hyland | August 2019
Archery Summit’s 2016 Pinot Noir was the highest-rated wine among the 500 tasted by Hyland, who described it as “one of Oregon’s shining stars”. Also receiving a strong recommendation was Domaine Drouhin’s 2016 release.