A refurbished relic of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland's first and only "World's Fair," the Aurora State Bank building has gone on a hundred year journey to become the landmark it is today. Transported from Portland to Aurora in 1905, its vaults have played host to robberies, Hollywood productions, and dental cleanings. Though the bank's two original vaults remain, they now house racks that Pheasant Run Winery fills with their small-batch, locally sourced wines. Winemakers harvest their grapes from local and sustainable vineyard estates in Willamette Valley, Walla Walla, and Horse Heaven Hills and ferment them into New World-style wines. They cold-soak grapes in small bins to extract more color and flavor for their signature pinot noir and blend merlot, syrah, and cabernet grapes to create a rich red with notes of blackcurrant and plum and the power to unite feuding grape vines.
This grey brick building is also home to their tasting lounge. Guests walk through the original doors and across the original lobby tiles to savor glasses at tasting tables surrounded by dark wood-trimmed windows. Visitors can also find a rotating collection of prints, paintings, ceramics, and jewelry from local artists. The winery owners also connect to the community through their donations to local charities and non-profits.
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.
Laurel Ridge Winery and Finn Hill Vineyard are a must stop for anyone wanting to have an amazing Willamette Valley wine experience.
We offer a large array of amazing wines at great values. Some of our current offerings include: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sparkling Wine!
We love to share great wine and great times with all of our friends, and look forward to you becoming part of the family.
With nearly 15 award-winning varieties fermenting in its tanks and barrels, Arcane Cellars is devoted to wine. But it's got something special for non-oenophiles, too: a waterfront position on the Willamette River, complete with plenty of space for fishing, picnicking, and camping. Arcane even has a bocce court and a private arboretum. So, whether they've kayaked up to Arcane for a tasting event or they're simply enjoying cheese and a pinot noir on the covered deck, the spot helps every guest customize a memorable experience.
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For Luis and Janice Cória, wine is more than a livelihood. It's a symbol of their life together. Representing both the unity of their multicultural family in their exquisitely balanced Pinot. The estates produces elegant boutique wines to add to Willamette Valley's already impressive roster.
Grab a seat and dig in! Witness Tree Vineyard offers tasty eats in Salem.
No need to dress to the nines here — Witness Tree Vineyard's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
There is parking close to the restaurant.
Witness Tree Vineyard gives your wallet some wiggle room
plates here are super affordable and unbelievably tasty.