DAY THREE ACTIVITIES
On the third day of OPC (Tuesday, June 25), our wineries plan lighthearted "recovery" events for smaller groups of campers, and you can choose which you’d like to attend. Day Three events run 11:00am to 3:00pm unless otherwise noted. More events coming soon, so watch this space!
Now that you've spent two days exploring the Willamette in large group settings, join us for an intimate, deep dive into the AVAs with four exceptional winemakers. Join four unique wineries at two standout locations. Begin the morning at Lemelson Winery, underground, walking through four separate barrel rooms in groups of six campers. A winemaker awaits in each cellar to intimately guide you through a specific AVA-focused tasting for 25 minutes. The bell rings, and you’re off to the next AVA exploration with another winemaker.
Location: Lemelson Vineyards
Participating Wineries: Lemelson, Flaneur, Lavinea, Nicholas-Jay
MEAT, GREET AND SKEET
We welcome OPC campers to get back to nature and relax Oregon-style. Our wineries are teaming up to introduce you to a day of outdoor skills, unique Oregon wines not called Pinot noir, beautiful scenery, great food and relaxation. Those campers who want to shoot will attend a short gun safety lecture and be directed to the skeet range. No drinking in the AM if you plan on shooting. If you choose not to shoot you may wander the property, take in the beautiful surroundings or take advantage of the various lawn games. A BBQ lunch will follow along with an introduction to some lesser known Oregon wines and varieties, led by the various winemakers in attendance! Shuttle Pick up at McMinnville and Newberg Hotels at about 9:15am. 2:45 p.m. Shuttle Departs Left Coast to PDX and Downtown Portland.
Location: Left Coast Cellars
Participating Wineries: Apolloni, Solena, Hyland Estate, Left Coast, Owen Roe and Union Wine Company
OREGON BUBBLES CAMP
From base wines to tirage, aging and dosage, learn how the Willamette Valley produces grower sparkling wine as you sample at different stages throughout the process. After a guided tasting and seminar, enjoy a relaxing picnic in the vineyard where our sparkling wines are paired with versatile foods as we sway you to our way of thinking: that sparkling wine deserves our everyday attention, not just saved for celebrations!
Location: Raptor Ridge
Participating Wineries: Argyle, Lange Estate, Ponzi Vineyards, Raptor Ridge, Sokol Blosser, Trisaetum
PIGS AND PINOT
Join five notable Willamette Valley wineries for a day of Pigs and Pinot. Hosted at Worden Hill Farm, farmer Wolfgang Ortloff will lead participants on a free-range pig farm tour in the heart of the Dundee Hills. Meet and greet with the pigs. Butchering and processing demonstration. All followed by an incredible lunch pairing Willamette Valley Pinot noir and Chardonnay with locally raised pork dishes.
Location: Worden Hill Farm 1305 SW 9th St, Dundee, OR
Participating Wineries: Adelsheim Vineyard, Chehalem, Gran Moraine, The Four Graces, WillaKenzie Estate
WILLAMETTE RIVER CRUISE AND LIBRARY TASTING (FULL)
We’ve raided the cellars of Elk Cove, REX HILL, Alexana and Montinore for rare Pinot noir selections from the 1970s through today. These time capsules will be featured on a three-hour river cruise through Downtown Portland. After hearing the stories and tasting the vintages of the formative decades that shaped the Willamette Valley, you’ll enjoy some delicious Champagne with a celebration of Pacific Northwest ocean bounty and fresh oysters from the famed Taylor Shellfish team. Limited Seating. Library Tasting: 11-12 p.m.; River Cruise: 12-2 p.m.
Location: Caruther’s Landing, SE Portland
Participating Wineries: Elk Cove, REX HILL, Alexana and Montinore
THE VALLEY IS YOUR OYSTER (FULL)
Join us at Mineral Springs Ranch where Tony Soter, along with fellow winemakers Maggie Harrison of Antica Terra, Ben DiCristina of Evening Land, and Tom Gerrie and Steve Doerner of Cristom, will collaborate to bring you an incredible day in Oregon wine country. Start your day with a light hike to the top of Mineral Springs Vineyard where you’ll be greeted with a beautiful assortment of oysters from the chefs at Tournant. Enjoy a sampling of Oregon white and sparkling wines while our winemaking teams regale you with stories of terroir, and our oyster experts elucidate on the nuances of our local 'mer-roir'. When your palates and appetites have been sufficiently whetted, you’ll make your way back to the Soter lodge for a tasting and discussion with the winemakers that will highlight two incredible vintages in the last decade. Lastly, we welcome everyone to relax over a seasonal feast worthy of celebrating your last day at Pinot Camp 2019. Note: Comfortable shoes recommended for light vineyard hike.
Location: Soter Vineyards
Participating Wineries: Soter, Antica Terra, Evening Land, Cristom
WINE WIZARDRY—GROW, BLEND, TASTE
It’s time to put all your new knowledge of Oregon Pinot noir into action. You will be teamed up with winemakers from Brittan, Brooks, Shea and Winderlea as they share how decisions made planting their vineyards follow through into the final decisions they make blending their wines. You’ll taste through the AVAs as winemakers and viticulturists Robert Brittan, Chris Williams, Dick Shea and Bill Sweat share barrel samples of the same clones from four different AVAs. Then we turn it over to you to blend your own bottle of Oregon Pinot noir that you will get to produce, package, brand and market in teams to share with fellow campers. After the heavy lifting is done, it’s time to open some Rosé and Chardonnay paired with raw oysters while surveying 360 degrees of vineyards in Brooks' new winery, perched high up on the hilltop of the Eola Hills. Then we’ll sit for lunch with which you’ll pair with your newly created Oregon Pinot noir. And one of our favorite chefs is creating a lunch for the ages. In addition we’ll have a selection of current and library favorites from each of the host wineries on hand.
Participating Wineries: Brittan, Brooks, Shea, Winderlea