DE PONTE CELLARS (2001) -- Their vineyards site is the home of some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Melon vines in Oregon. The winery and vineyards are located a top of the Dundee Hills, adjacent to three of Oregon's premier producers of Pinot Noir: namely Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin and Domaine Serene...
A tasting fee of $15 includes a sampling of 5 of their current releases.
Melon - In addition to its Pinot Noir, De Ponte is known for its Melon. The Melon grape is not only rare in Oregon, but also in the whole U.S. The original growers thought the vines would produce Pinot Blanc grapes, though they were mistaken. It turns out the varietal they planted was Melon de Bourgogne, which is identical to the grape used in France's Muscadet which is produced in the Loire Valley of France. The result is a delightful white wine which has generated a loyal following for De Ponte.
This is one of the Willamette Valley wineries you may not have experienced if it were not for our local knowledge. There is one picnic table (right) with a beautiful view + a deck attached to the tasting room (also with a beautiful view) for you to enjoy your packed lunch with a bottle of lovely Rosé from the tasting room.
De Ponte Cellars