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

Winter Hours through March 31

Thursday - Monday 11-4pm

 

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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

YVV Barrel Tour

Jan 25, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019

Nestled between the holiday buzz and the summer crowds, #wvcellarseason is the perfect time to enjoy an intimate tasting experience. Take refuge from the rain and learn what our cellar season is all ... read  more

Nestled between the holiday buzz and the summer crowds, #wvcellarseason is the perfect time to enjoy an intimate tasting experience. Take refuge from the rain and learn what our cellar season is all about with our YVV Barrel Tour.
 
Learn about our history, the complexities of our estate, how our winemakers ferment and blend wines, and then head into the cellar to see, smell, and taste from barrels of our Pinot Noir Reserve. Compare the wine from the barrel to finished wines in our Tasting Room to taste how bottling and aging complete a wine.
 
Reservations are required and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Three Roads Progressive Sunday Lunch

Jan 27, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019

J Wrigley, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, and Youngberg Hill have teamed together as “Three Roads” to showcase their wines and make your Sundays more interesting this winter. Enjoy your meal one ... read  more

J Wrigley, Yamhill Valley Vineyards, and Youngberg Hill have teamed together as “Three Roads” to showcase their wines and make your Sundays more interesting this winter. Enjoy your meal one winery at a time. Start at J Wrigley for bubbles and appetizers, move on to Yamhill Valley Vineyards for sandwiches and a white flight, and finish at Youngberg Hill for dessert and Pinot.

10 am – 12 pm - soup/salad paired with bubbles at J Wrigley

12 pm – 2 pm - sandwiches and a white flight at Yamhill Valley Vineyards

2 pm – 4 pm - dessert and Pinot at Youngberg Hill

Valentine's Sip & Shop

Feb 2, 2019

We're inviting several of our favorite vendors in to the Tasting Room for a Valentine's Sip & Shop! Enjoy a glass of wine and pick up something special for your sweetheart.Vendor list coming soon! read  more

We're inviting several of our favorite vendors in to the Tasting Room for a Valentine's Sip & Shop! Enjoy a glass of wine and pick up something special for your sweetheart.

Vendor list coming soon!

2018 Rosé Pre-Release - Wine Club Only

Feb 9, 2019

Polish your glasses and prime your palates, the 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir is here to grace us with it's presence! Last year we sold our of this wine early, so we know you have been anxiously awaiting the ... read  more

Polish your glasses and prime your palates, the 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir is here to grace us with it's presence!

Last year we sold our of this wine early, so we know you have been anxiously awaiting the new vintage. Made from 100% estate grown Pinot Noir, this fresh and fruity wine is sunshine in a glass.

Join us for this Wine Club Members Only pre-release and sample the newest member of the YVV family. Take advantage of your Wine Club discount and bring home some of this cheery wine - sure to brighten any dreary February day!

2018 Rosé Release

Feb 10, 2019

Polish your glasses and prime your palates, the 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir is here to grace us with it's presence! Last year we sold our of this wine early, so we know you have been anxiously awaiting the ... read  more

Polish your glasses and prime your palates, the 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir is here to grace us with it's presence!

Last year we sold our of this wine early, so we know you have been anxiously awaiting the new vintage. Made from 100% estate grown Pinot Noir, this fresh and fruity wine is sunshine in a glass.

Join us for a first taste and sample the newest member of the YVV family. At only $16/bottle, this cheery wine is the perfect Valentine's Day treat for the sweetheart in your life!

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