Vineyard and Winery
Adjacent to our estate vineyard, Cascade Cliffs Winery is where we produce all of our wine. Here you will find multiple tasting rooms, the production area, open for the public to view, and our wine club room where monthly “theme tastings” are held.
Salvaged Doug Fir timbers, cedar, blue pine, and black walnut are all part of the rustic, natural charm you’ll find within the winery. The wall-to-wall windows on the west end of the wine club room offer the visitor a stunning view of our vineyard, towering basalt cliffs, and Mt. Hood in the distance.
Our winery also has outdoor seating for visitors to relax, picnic, and enjoy our wine. Tours of the winery, detailing its history, are available upon request.
Cascade Cliffs began planting vinifera vines in 1986. The 20 acre vineyard, situated on a bench one hundred feet above the Columbia River, is backed by 400 foot tall basalt cliffs. Light reflection off the river to the south supplies an abundance of light to the vines, while heat is captured in the cliffs to the north and radiated back onto the vineyard. Consistent winds that blow in from the west provide the vineyard’s canopy with essential air flow, keeping the environment dry and helping to protect from mildew and rot. All these natural elements contribute to an ideal environment for viticulture.
Our growing season is exceptionally long and warm so the ripening of varietals such as Barbera and Nebbiolo is possible. Closely following the initial planting of Merlot, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Symphony, the vineyard became home to other classic varietals such as Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dolcetto, another Piedmont varietal, is also planted in our vineyard. Committed to maintaining the rich alluvial soils common to the region, Cascade Cliffs is an earth friendly grower, utilizing organic and bio-dynamic strategies and techniques throughout the vineyard.
Click on the left image below to watch a short video of our owner and winemaker, Robert Lorkowski, aka “Bob”, as he discusses the vineyard and the wines made from its fruit.
Click on the right image below to watch a short video of a recent harvest/crush at our vineyard and winery.