“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
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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 Brooks, Cooper Mountain, Ponzi, Maysara 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!
The Daily Meal drew upon wine experts around the country to choose the top 101 Wineries in America – see Elk Cove at #41!
“The wineries on our list were nominated by experts in the field: the wonderful sommeliers, wine writers, chefs, and restaurateurs who were kind enough to gift us with their opinions about wineries around the country. After their initial nominations, these experts returned to vote on the wines based on the three values we deemed most important: wine quality, consistency, and value.” – The Daily Meal
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.
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 email@example.com. For a PDF of this press release click here.
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.
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:
We hope you enjoy our Rosé – it’s one of our favorite wines to make and to pour. Happy almost Spring!
Elk Cove Founder Pat Campbell was interviewed by Capitol Ag Press, the magazine that covers all things farm here in the West, as Thanksgiving weekend 2013 approached. Pat talks Elk Cove history and talks up our 2012 Pinot Gris, recently selected as the top white wine at the Great Northwest Invitational. Some highlights from the article:
“The very first day we planted 5,000 grapes,” Pat said. With the help of family and friends, they planted a total of 10 acres.
Early years were filled with long days, hard work and plenty of trial and error. They tried to learn everything they could about grapes and wine, visiting other wineries, taking courses through the University of California-Davis, turning to Oregon State University for help and reading everything they could get their hands on about winemaking.
The expansion of Elk Cove’s cellar is finally finished! Our new fermentation halls, nicknamed Big Red and Little Red, have more than doubled our production space. They were a huge help during Harvest 2013.
Willamette Valley Wineries brought Pinot in the City to L.A! A great event with over 60 Oregon Winemakers and Winery Owners pouring their best! Rumor has it next year’s event will be in Washington D.C. – we hope you can join us!