Today Oak Knoll is run by the second generation of the family and focuses on premium Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.
In 1988 when Ron and Marj retired their sons John, Tom and Stepson Greg took over the operations and Cousin Jeff moved in as the winemaker for the winery. To see the start of the Oregon Wine Industry, watch the OPB special.
How did I come across Oak Knoll Winery? Well, eventually it would have happened, but I met Natalie Elper who is the Tasting Room Manager of the winery at the 2013 Wine Tourism Conference. I really enjoyed chatting with her at the conference and made a time to go see her. I want to say "Thanks" Natalie for leaving me with a great experience. See Oak Knoll is only 10 miles from my house, so, I plan to attend alot of fun events at their winery..
Natalie took me through the entire flight of wines.. There are 17. No Judgement! I did this over a span of about 4 hours. One of the things that Oak Knoll has is that they have a wine for everyone at a price they can afford as an every day wine. While I was there, a customer came by and picked up 2 cases for his crab boil he was having later that day. I wished I was invited to that gig! For the complete list of wines, click here.
Oak Knoll also has some great events that they host that are affordable and family friendly. My family and I will be attending alot of these events. I can't wait till the concert series starts! Check out their website for details.
I encourage you to go visit Oak Knoll Winery and the others that are in the North Willamette Valley. If you have visited or tasted their wines, which are your favorites?
So, what new babies did I add to my collect?