92 Points in Wine & Spirits

Our 2012 La Bohème Pinot Noir received an excellent 92 Point rating from Wine & Spirits Magazine:

“Suave when first poured, this wine’s scent of dark cherries and an earthy bottom note keep it grounded and seductive. The palate is a quiet marvel of succulence, ripe and high toned at once. Its cherry fruit gives way to pomegranate before shifting back again, with mildly savory, mildly bitter tannins. For a duck breast, simply seared.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

Savor Cannon Beach

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Savor beautiful Cannon Beach with Elk Cove! Look for us at the Bronze Coast Gallery on Friday and Saturday.

Pinot in the City – New York City!


2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Willamette Valley’s first Pinot noir plantings. In the past half century, we’ve grown from a few brave families and their dreams to a world-renowned wine region. This April, 50 wineries are coming to New York City to celebrate the milestone and give our fans a taste of how far we’ve come.

Come see what all the Oregon buzz is about. Meet winemakers and owners from 50 of the region’s top wineries. Taste the Valley’s signature Pinot noir and Pinot gris in addition to rising stars including Chardonnay and Riesling. Enjoy Pinot-friendly hors d’oeuvres from City Winery to top off an evening full of wine!

A trade tasting will take place on April 14 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Visit WVWA for more information and to register.

Willamette Cares Food Drive

Join us to share the bounty of the season with our Willamette Valley neighbors! Together, Willamette Valley wineries have a goal to collect 200,000 pounds of food for donations to the Oregon Food Bank network this holiday season. The food drive begins November and runs until Dec 20, 2014.

Bring your donation to the Elk Cove tasting room and be entered in a drawing for a MAGNUM of 2010 Roosevelt!

Click here to read more about the food drive and hunger in Oregon.

2014 Harvest Gallery

1974 Throwback Party!

In April of 1974, Pat and Joe Campbell planted their very first grapevines in Gaston, Oregon.  To celebrate the birthday of those now 40 year-old vines, we are hosting a 1974 Throwback Party.

The party will feature Deep Cellar Wines, a 1970’s Costume Contest, Guest Winemakers, 70’s Bites, Photobooth, DJ & Dancing… It’s gonna be a rockin’ time out on the beautiful patio of Portland’s White Owl Social Club. Wear your 70’s best!

Featured Guests:

  • Pat & Joe Campbell, Elk Cove Founders
  • Winery Cameos by Adelsheim, Biggio Hamina, Patton Valley, Roots & Sokol Blosser
  • Salud! – non-profit recipient of cocktail and beer donations
  • Kelley Swenson – Mixologist for “Salud!” Cocktail
  • Bridgeport Brewery – Frosty Malt Beverages
  • Rev. Shines – 70’s DJ
  • Claire Miller – 70’s bites Chef

This event is a pre-Feast celebration, a great way to kick off your Feast experience but you don’t have to be a Feast attendee to join us.

$20 Cover Charge – to purchase tickets, visit our shopping cart

$20 Cover Charge comped with RSVP for Wine/Food Trade, Press and Roosevelt Club Members. RSVP directly to Rebekah@elkcove.com with your name, affiliation, number of guests and email address to get on the list!

Questions? Contact Rebekah@elkcove.com



Pinot in the City – Seattle

More than 60 Willamette Valley wineries are on the road from Oregon to Seattle – Join us on September 11th at Herban Feast’s unique Sodo Park venue for a taste of the Willamette Valley.

Come taste for yourself the wines that are putting this region in the news and mingle with the people who are making it happen! Sip Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot gris, and more from a colorful cast of characters showcasing the best that Oregon has to offer.

The wines will be paired with a delightful menu of Pinot-friendly hors d’oeuvres.

There’s also a Trade Tasting on September 11 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Visit the Pinot in the City website for more information and to register.

Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine

We are honored that Elk Cove is part of the summer exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society honoring the rich past of Oregon’s wine industry!
Join us on Sunday, September 14th and savor the last taste of our Oregon summer at a closing event for Clink! See more details here

Elk Cove will be pouring several of our wines, alongside BrooksCooper MountainPonziMaysara and ArborBrook.  At 2 pm, Susan Sokol Blosser, winemaking pioneer and author will give a special presentation about the history of winegrowing in Oregon.

Entry to the tasting includes tickets to the museum.  The Clink! exhibit really is stunning – it’s a great way to learn more about the evolution of wine in Oregon and all of the wonderful people who made it happen.  Look for Joe Campbell’s photo and a very old bottle of Elk Cove Riesling!

Oregon Wines Fly Free!

Taste wine for free when you visit Elk Cove and other participating wineries by showing your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan membership and in-bound boarding pass. Purchase a case of Oregon wine and check it for free on your return Alaska Airlines flight.

Good from May 1, 2014 through May 1, 2015!

Find out more about Oregon Wines Fly Free here.

*Free tastings are excluded during holiday weekends and special events. Oregon Wines Fly Free from Eugene, Medford, Portland, Redmond and Walla Walla.



FREE SHIPPING WEEK! April 25th – May 5th

In honor of the glorious Spring weather we are offering free shipping on all case orders this week.  Fill your summer wine stash before those pesky summer shipping delays.

The shipping discount should kick in automatically on our online shop once you have 12 bottles in your cart.  You can also call the winery to make your order, just mention “free shipping”.


Order one or more cases (12 bottle case) shipped to one address and the shipping is FREE!

Order must be placed from Friday, April 25, 2014 through Monday, May 5, 2014.

Good on UPS Ground shipping only to the continental U.S.

Not valid on previous orders, does not include sales tax (where applicable).

When calling, 503-985-7760 or toll-free 877-355-2683 please mention Spring Free Shipping Special.

When ordering at shop.elkcove.com online your qualifying order will automatically receive free shipping.


Elk Cove acquires Goodrich Road Vineyard


Elk Cove Vineyards Purchases Goodrich Road Vineyard

Elk Cove Vineyards has purchased Goodrich Road Vineyard, a 69 acre property planted with 21 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, in Yamhill, Oregon.

Located in the heart of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA (American Viticultural Area), Goodrich Vineyard was planted in 2007 with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in high-density format. The property boasts the exact same marine sediment (Willakenzie) soil as Elk Cove’s Mount Richmond property, also located in Yamhill, Oregon. Goodrich Road Vineyard is situated just a few miles from Elk Cove’s original Estate Vineyard in Gaston.

According to Elk Cove’s winemaker Adam Campbell “Elk Cove always looks out for great opportunities to secure grapes from top vineyard sites in great AVA’s in the Northern Willamette Valley. The chance to procure 21 acres of immaculately farmed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in an area we knew was top notch was too much to pass up. Top reserve quality and single-vineyard Pinot Noirs have been made from this site by our friends at Raptor Ridge, Soter, King Estate and many others.”

About Goodrich Vineyard:

• In the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, home to many of Oregon’s best vineyards.
• High density planting of 4 acres Chardonnay, 17 acres Pinot Noir of high-end premium clones and rootstock.
• Shallow Willakenzie soil with excellent drainage.
• Sustainably farmed and LIVE certified (Low Input Viticulture & Enology)
• SE facing with elevation of 225 – 300 feet
• 20 plantable acres remaining

Elk Cove is a historic Willamette Valley winery owned by the Campbell family. Second generation Winemaker, Adam Campbell, sustainably farms over 300 acres of primarily Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes on 6 separate sites in the Northern Willamette Valley of Oregon: the Elk Cove Estate, Windhill Vineyard, Five Mountain Vineyard, Mount Richmond Vineyard, Clay Court Vineyard and the newly acquired Goodrich Road Vineyard. This year marks Elk Cove’s 40th year growing grapevines in Oregon.

Zepponi & Company, the global wine industry mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, served as the exclusive financial advisor to the seller and negotiated the sale.

For more information please contact Adam Campbell at adam@elkcove.com.  For a PDF of this press release click here.

Goodrich Road Vineyard in late Spring, photos by Russ Widstrand
Goodrich Road Vineyard in late Spring, photos by Russ Widstrand

Year’s Best Pinot Noir

Two of our Pinot Noirs have been chosen as a “Year’s Best Pinot Noir” by Wine and Spirits Magazine – our 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (91 Points and Best Buy) and our 2011 Mount Richmond (91 Points). From the editors:

“Our blind panels tasted 971 new-release pinot noirs from the US over the past 12 months.  Our critics rated 122 as exceptional (90+) and 30 as Best Buys.”

To learn more about how Wine and Spirits Magazine evaluates wines, visit here.

Bottling our 100% Pinot Noir Rosé

The daffodils may be coming up, but for us bottling Rosé is the true sign that Spring is coming to the Willamette Valley. This is the first wine of the new vintage we release every year. When Summer hits, we’ll be toasting to the return of sunshine with glasses of pink wine.

We bottle our 100% Pinot Noir Rosé in clear glass because we want everyone to see its beautiful, pale rose color. After all, part of the joy of drinking a pink wine has always been admiring its color! Just like with all of our white wines, we add inert gas (CO2 or Nitrogen) at multiple points to prevent oxidation. To finish, we use a screwcap, the best closure for protecting the fresh aromatics of cool-climate white wines.

Inert gas is added to the head-space and the screwcap after filling.

Like all of our wines, our Rosé is put into bottle in-house, with multiple checks for quality control. Every half hour we ensure caps are tight enough to protect the wine, but loose enough to open by hand:

Adam and José checking screwcap closures
Winemaker Adam Campbell and cellarmaster José Sotto check screwcap torque.

We hope you enjoy our Rosé – it’s one of our favorite wines to make and to pour.  Happy almost Spring!