16250 S.W. Oldsville RD.
Mcminnville, OR 97128

Open Daily 11am-5pm

Last call: 4:45pm

 

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Stephen James Cary, 5/6/46-4/28/18

Stephen Cary, longtime winemaker at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. He was 71 years old.

Stephen began his wine career selling Burgundy wines for Henny Hinsdale, and then moved on to start his own distributor business, Cary Oregon Wines. He was one of the original coordinators of the Steamboat Pinot Noir Conference, an organization developed to bring together Pinot Noir producers from California and Oregon with the goal of making great Pinot Noir. Conversations were frank, open and constructive, and the conference proved a success. Over the years it has grown to include Pinot Noir producers from all over the world and is now in its 38th year. In 1984, Yamhill Valley Vineyards' 1983 Pinot Noir was presented at the Steamboat Conference, and Cary Oregon Wines began representing the winery in late 1984. 

Stephen was passionate about Pinot Noir, Oregon Pinot Noir in particular, and was frustrated by the perceived lack of respect for the wines in the wider market. He suggested a blind comparative tasting between 1983 vintages from Burgundy, France, and Oregon, U.S.A. This tasting, the Oregon-Burgundy Challenge, was conducted at the International Wine Center in New York City, in September, 1985. The wine judges were asked to identify the origin of each wine and to select their three favorites. As a group, the 25 judges could not correctly identify the origin of at least half of the wines. Oregon wines placed first, second, third and tied for fourth and fifth, with Yamhill Valley Vineyards placing first. This event, and a second competition repeating the first event two years later, in which Oregon again placed first, second and tied for third, helped Oregon wines earn respect globally. 

In 1991, Stephen began as winemaker at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, a position that he held until 2016. Over his thirty three years as an associate of the winery, he dedicated his time to listening to the vines, and crafting distinctive wines which reflected the terroir and voice of the vineyards, in what he considered a very special place. During his retirement, as he took on the role of winemaker emeritus, he continued to assist and advise the winemaking team; in 2017, his last harvest, he was in his regular position on the forklift, coordinating the arrival of the fruit on the crush pad, clearly energized by being part of another vintage.

 

Stephen’s fierce advocacy of Pinot Noir serves to support and sustain us all. We feel privileged to have known him, and to have benefited from his encyclopedic knowledge of winemaking, of history, geography, geology, photography, the art of fly tying and how to tell a dirty joke. He was a true giant in the industry. By standing on the shoulders of this giant, and following our passion for wine, and for life, we can honor the man, and his legacy.

Upcoming Events

May is Oregon Wine Month

May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

Celebrate everything "Oregon Wine" during the month of May! Take advantage of our Oregon Wine Month specials which will expire at the end of May! - Pinot Gris on special for 20% off - 15% off YVV logo ... read  more

Celebrate everything "Oregon Wine" during the month of May!

Take advantage of our Oregon Wine Month specials which will expire at the end of May!

- Pinot Gris on special for 20% off
- 15% off YVV logo gear - shirts, hats, and aprons
- Bubbles on weekends - Start off each flight with a bonus pour of Bubbles (until we run out!)

Memorial Weekend Wine and Food Pairing

May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018

What we like to call the Unofficial Official Kick Off To Summer! Join Yamhill Valley Vineyards for a Memorial Weekend Wine & Food Pairing! This is an open house style event, so no reservations are ... read  more

What we like to call the Unofficial Official Kick Off To Summer!

Join Yamhill Valley Vineyards for a Memorial Weekend Wine & Food Pairing! This is an open house style event, so no reservations are necessary.

Come and taste our most recent release, 2017 Rose of Pinot Noir, as well as our Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noirs, and Riesling. Each wine is paired with a delicious bite to stimulate the senses.

Tasting Fee: $15/person

Charcuterie Happy Hour at YVV

May 29, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018

Wine, dine & enjoy the vines! Join us for a weekday happy hour, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, for half-off all charcuterie selections. Pick and choose what you'd like on your own ... read  more

 
Wine, dine & enjoy the vines!

Join us for a weekday happy hour, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, for half-off all charcuterie selections.

Pick and choose what you'd like on your own personalized charcuterie board, and enjoy with a glass or a flight of wine! Cheers!

Chas Martin Art Show

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018

Local artist, Chas Martin, will be featured in the YVV Tasting Room for the month of June. His original watercolors and prints will be on display and for sale. On Saturday, June 2nd at 1pm, Chas will deliver ... read  more

Local artist, Chas Martin, will be featured in the YVV Tasting Room for the month of June. His original watercolors and prints will be on display and for sale. On Saturday, June 2nd at 1pm, Chas will deliver a talk and plein air demo for the public. At the end of the month, Sunday, June 24th, he will teach a half day watercolor workshop in the vineyard. About Chas Martin: http://www.chasmartin.com/ Chas Martin’s career spans 40 years of visual communication. After studies at Pratt Institute in New York City, he spent 10 years as an art director/creative for Boston and San Francisco ad agencies. By night, beyond the reach of clients and compromises, he began painting to keep his sanity. Experiences directing still photography and video honed his sense of perception, perspective and emotion. His work is work is still concept driven.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 16250 16250 SW Oldsville Rd

Corks and Forks PDX

Jun 6, 2018

Corks and Forks is a fun-filled wine tasting event perfectly designed for the urban foodie and wine lover. Nibble on delicious bites from Portland’s hottest restaurants and sip pours and new ... read  more

Corks and Forks is a fun-filled wine tasting event perfectly designed for the urban foodie and wine lover. Nibble on delicious bites from Portland’s hottest restaurants and sip pours and new spring releases from the area’s best wineries – all without leaving the city limits. Stop by the event photo booth, enjoy live spins from the event DJ, taste special pours by guest sommeliers, and get the official wine 411 from the industry’s top experts. You can even purchase special wine packs featuring wines poured at the event. Get your friends together and don’t miss your chance to eat, drink and mingle while you experience the ultimate urban wine tasting event all in support of five local non profit partners.

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