- $149 for one-year vineyard wine club membership with shipping ($250 value)
Members receive three bottles of award-winning wine three times throughout the year. The packages include notes written for each wine, recipes, and food pairing suggestions. The winery’s 2011 Pinot Noir has won five awards: a Double Gold in the Oregon Wine Awards, a Gold in the Northwest Food and Wine Festival and the Great Northwest Wine Competition; and, silvers in the Pinot Noir Shootout in Sonoma and from the American Wine Society. The 2012 Pinot Noir won a Silver in the New York International Wine Competition.
Members also enjoy free tastings for two at the winery at any time.
A Blooming Hill Vineyard
Much like the wines they produce, Jim and Holly Witte gave their romance ample time to develop—40 years time. Though they met in New York City when Holly was Jim's secretary, it wasn't until a mutual friend reintroduced them decades later that they fell in love. They exchanged vows in the teahouse overlooking their vineyard in the Willamette Valley, an area flush with wine grapes. They opened their tasting room at A Blooming Hill Vineyard two years later.
Their vineyard sits in the hills of the Chehalem Mountains on a basalt range strewn with windblown volcanic soil, protected on three sides by still taller hills and taller yet older brothers. Jim personally walks the vineyards, tending to each vine by hand to create the best conditions for full clusters to grow.
Visitors can sample the award-winning blends in the onsite tasting room, which plays host to different events each month. To sate people's curiosity, the Wittes share their fermentation process online, and to sate people's appetites, they also share the recipe for the wine-infused cake they served at the vineyard for their wedding-anniversary party.