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$15 for a Wine-Festival Package for Two ($40 Value)
- Admission for two to the Mt. Hood Neighborhood Wine Festival on Saturday, June 15 (a $10 value per person)
- Tasting script (an $8 value)
- $12 credit toward bottles of wine
From noon to 6 p.m. on June 15, St. Josef’s Winery transforms into a spirited wine festival with live music, food, and plenty of vino. The first annual Mt. Hood Neighborhood Wine Festival features wines from AlexEli, BuddhaKat, Forest Edge, Hanson, King’s Raven, Pheasant Run, St. Josef, and Terra Vina. As these eight wineries display their new releases for the season, guests can sample more than 30 wines—the selection includes hard-to-find wines from distant vineyards in the Mt. Hood territory and beyond. Culinary samplings include gourmet cheese by Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese, grilled organic lamb shanks sourced from SuDan Farm, and more.
St. Josef's Winery
Born into a winemaking family in Hungary, Josef immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s to pursue baking. After more than a decade, however, he cooked up a new idea. Together with his wife Lilli, he purchased a scenic plot of land in the Willamette Valley and planted his first grape vines in 1978—making St. Josef's one of the earliest wineries in Oregon. Even as his ambition grew, Josef never forgot his roots; his first varietals—namely, riesling, gewürztraminer, and pinot gris—harkened back to his youth in central Europe amid the Adriatic's glistening waves of chablis.
Today, the 40-acre winery—now by a third generation of Josef's family—produces bottles of crisp whites and earthy reds, filling at least 90 percent of each batch with grapes grown on the St. Josef's vineyard. Even as Oregon's wine industry has grown over the years, Portland Monthly praises the well-aged coziness of St. Josef's, saying they've “yet to find a better sipping spot” in all of Willamette Valley.