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

Willamette Cares Food Share

Nov 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

We believe no one should be hungry. This fall, Willamette Valley wineries and our partners are teaming up to provide emergency food for our neighbors in need and funds for ongoing food bank programs. It’s ... read  more

We believe no one should be hungry. This fall, Willamette Valley wineries and our partners are teaming up to provide emergency food for our neighbors in need and funds for ongoing food bank programs. It’s our opportunity to share our bounty during the holiday season and to give back to the people of our community. Join us!

At Yamhill Valley Vineyards we will be collecting both food and cash donations for the Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP).

--- Tall Poppy Sweepstakes: A donation of $10 or 5 cans of food gets you one ticket in the drawing of a magnum of Tall Poppy


Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 16250 16250 SW Oldsville Rd.

Wine Country Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018

Join us November 23 - 25, 2018 to kick off the holiday season as we partner with The Barberry for delicious prepared bites and a flight of five wines. $20 per person, $10 for Wine Club Members More information ... read  more

Join us November 23 - 25, 2018 to kick off the holiday season as we partner with The Barberry for delicious prepared bites and a flight of five wines.

$20 per person, $10 for Wine Club Members


More information here:http://willamettewines.com/wine-country-thanksgiving/

Holiday Sip and Shop

Dec 1, 2018

Why go to the mall when you can do your holiday shopping at a winery? Join us for our Holiday Sip & Shop and take care of everyone in your list all while enjoying a glass of wine. Petra Bolton & ... read  more

Why go to the mall when you can do your holiday shopping at a winery?

Join us for our Holiday Sip & Shop and take care of everyone in your list all while enjoying a glass of wine.

Petra Bolton & Mike Fite will provide the tunes while you shop from some of our favorite vendors:

Robin's Nest - Gem stone jewelry
Anita's Bags - Thirty-one bags vendor
Go Crafty - Handmade cards and gifts


Yamhill Valley VIneyards
Yamhill Valley VIneyards 16250 16250 SW Oldsville Rd

John's Marketplace Wine Tasting

Dec 1, 2018

Winemaker, Ariel Eberle, will be at John's Marketplace to share a handful of Yamhill Valley Vineyards wines with the good people of Portland!  Come get to know the winery and the wines and take the ... read  more

Winemaker, Ariel Eberle, will be at John's Marketplace to share a handful of Yamhill Valley Vineyards wines with the good people of Portland!  Come get to know the winery and the wines and take the opportunity to peruse the wide selection of offerings that John's Marketplace has in stock!
John's Marketplace
John's Marketplace 97219 3535 SW. MULTNOMAH BLVD. PORTLAND, OREGON, 97219

Wine Bar Wednesday at 503 Uncorked

Dec 12, 2018

Winemaker, Ariel Eberle will be sharing a handful of the Yamhill Valley Vineyards wines at Industry Night at 503 Uncorked!  Come and enjoy 15% savings this evening only and learn all about our winery ... read  more

Winemaker, Ariel Eberle will be sharing a handful of the Yamhill Valley Vineyards wines at Industry Night at 503 Uncorked!  Come and enjoy 15% savings this evening only and learn all about our winery and wines during this intimate and fun event!
503 Uncorked
503 Uncorked 22578 22578 SW Washington Street Sherwood, OR 97140
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