Pinot Noir Grapes on the vine

DURANT VINEYARDS

Our roots run deep in Oregon, where we live by the Code of the West. Our parents, Ken and Penny Durant, taught my sister and I the value of hard work and inspired in us a love of the land. I have so many memories of planting vines with my mom in the spring, then growing up and learning how to harvest and finally, teaching my own daughters how to plant vines and pick grapes. Every big moment in our lives is  defined by this land, the work we do here and the family we share it with.

-K. Paul Durant

Owner, General Manager

Dundee Hills Tasting Room Photos

DUNDEE HILLS

WINE TASTING ROOMS

Experience estate grown and crafted pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, rosé of pinot noir, and pinot gris from our beautiful Tasting Room at Red Ridge Farms.  Perched above the dramatic Willamette Valley, our tasting room features views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, and miles of diverse agricultural land. 

Durant Vineyards tasting lodge interior

Durant Vineyards Tasting Lodge

Re-opening Winter 2021!

 

Durant Vineyards Tasting Lodge is our new public wine tasting room located at the Durant Olive Mill. This rich space features incredible views of our estate gardens, the Willamette Valley, and the rolling vineyards hills that the Dundee Hills AVA is known for. Enjoy a flight of Durant Vineyards estate wines from the viewing terrace or dramatic Lodge Room that features beautiful hardwoods, cathedral ceilings, and a cozy stone fireplace. Delight in a seasonal cheese and charcuterie board featuring Durant Olive Mill extra virgin olive oil, pickled vegetables, nuts, and freshly baked baguette.

Man explaining wine tasting

Durant Vineyards Clubhouse

Open by reservation

 

Durant Vineyards Tasting Room, which is now known as the Durant Vineyards Clubhouse, is open by reservation.  Experience a Durant Vineyards Classic Wine Flight from our beautiful wine tasting room perched above the Willamette Valley.  Delight in a seasonal cheese and charcuterie board featuring Durant Olive Mill extra virgin olive oil, pickled vegetables, nuts, and freshly baked baguette.

Big Leaf Cabana!

PRIVATE VINEYARD CABANAS

 

Immerse yourself in the tranquil sights and sounds of Durant at Red Ridge Farms from one of our secluded vineyard cabanas. Available for up to four guests per reservation, our cabanas are perfectly appointed for a casual yet elegant, open-air, two-hour retreat. We will escort your party on a short ATV ride into the vineyard to your own private wine country lounge. Included with your reservation is a complimentary bottle of Durant Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir and a light picnic for four. Experience the stillness of nature among the vines while sipping from your own private retreat with friends and family.

 

$350/two-hour reservation • 4 guests max

wine and olive oil tasting

THE ESTATE EXPERIENCE

 

A truly unique opportunity for travelers and locals alike. Join us for a guided tour of the Durant Olive Mill and the adjoining olive orchard, followed by a traditional blue glass tasting of our estate-milled extra virgin olive oils. These olive oils will be thoughtfully paired with a variety of house-prepared proteins, starches, seasonal vegetables, and even sweets to demonstrate how evoo can elevate even the most humble of foods. Durant Vineyards estate wines will round out the tasting as we compare different elevations, clones, and vintages of our estate and further explore the ways in which wine and olive oil complement each other and food.  Please use the link below to send us a reservation request via email.

 

$75 per person • 4 guests min, 20 guests max • Allow 2 hours

VINEYARD ATV TOUR and WINE TASTING

 

Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin as we weave through the vineyard rows in our all-terrain passenger vehicle. We will cruise down the hillside making stops along the way to enjoy Durant Vineyards estate wines from our current flight. As a final stop, we will arrive at the Durant Vineyards Winery and Barrel Room for a tour and additional wine tasting. This fun, guided tour of the estate is limited to four guests at a time. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

$65 per person • 4 guests max

Folks on a tractor trailer enjoying the vineyard

VINEYARD TRACTOR TOUR

 

Climb on to our tractor passenger trailer for an entertaining ride through our rolling acres of pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, and estate olive orchards. We will make stops along the way to taste Durant Vineyards estate wines from the very block the grapes were grown and to learn more about the Durant family’s nearly 50 years of agricultural, viticulture, and winemaking ethos. We will dive deep into the geology, microclimates, and unique sense of place that Durant Vineyards wines reflect. The adventure includes a tour of the Durant Vineyards Winery and Barrel Room. Take in the iconic vistas and rolling landscape synonymous with Oregon Wine Country as we wind back up the hill to the farm.

 

$65 per person • 6 guests min., 12 guests max.

FEATURED WINES

2019 Rose bottle shot

2019

LARK ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR

 

A vivid salmon pink in the glass, this vintage of Durant Vineyards’ rosé of pinot noir is tantalizing yet diverse. Aromatics of cherry, key lime zest, watermelon and wild strawberry will tempt your taste buds. Mouthwatering flavors are met with a broad mid-palate that fills the cheeks with layers of bright ripe fruit. Crisp acidity provides a gorgeous backbone throughout, making for both a complex and refreshing wine. Pair with sunshine and good friends.

2019 Lark Chardonnay bottle shot

2018
LARK CHARDONNAY

 

Summer gold in a glass. Aromatics of pear, ripe melon, and lemon cream. Though the nose presents this wine as bold and creamy, the palate brings mouthwatering acid that alights on the tongue and carries flavors of key lime, pear, apricot and barrel spice to a clean and crisp finale. A perfect Chardonnay.

2017 Madrone Pinot Noir Bottle Shot

2017

MADRONE PINOT NOIR

 

Striking in color, this Pinot Noir is instantly eye-catching. The aromatics are beautiful and intricate: red fruit, cedar, mint and cranberry jump out of the glass. An approachable and round palate feel is met with layers of flavor and complex length. Notes of strawberry, rhubarb, cherry, and piecrust are complimented by a lush cranberry, savory qualities, and a particular juiciness that lingers.

2017 Ava Roan Pinot Noir Bottle Shot

2017
AVA ROAN PINOT NOIR

 

A beautiful tone of red and ruby in the glass, this wine will draw you in instantly. Aromas including black cherry, cinnamon, pepper, chocolate, and leather continue to develop as this wine opens. This brooding Pinot Noir is both deep and diverse. Notes of ripe black cherry and anise are met mid-palate by a full mouthfeel that is complex and balanced. Integrated and supple tannins blend with rich plum, dried tobacco leaf, and mocha flavors that are persistent and create an elaborate finish that lasts well beyond your last sip.

Winemaker, Spencer, Drinking from a wine glass

OUR WINEMAKER

 

Our winemaker Spencer Spetnagel found his passion for wine in 2000 as a fine dining server in Atlanta, Georgia while attending college. By 2002 Spencer knew: he was never going to work in a cubicle. He decided to move out West and make his passion his work.  

 

Spencer started his first harvest intern position in 2004 with Ravenswood in Sonoma, California. Ultimately, Ravenswood offered Spencer a full-time position in the cellar, where he learned some of the joys and perils of winemaking over three years.  

 

Next he decided to travel abroad for an Oenology and Viticulture program at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Spencer spent several years traveling around New Zealand, learning from seasoned winemakers in multiple regions. In 2008 Spencer returned to Ravenswood in Sonoma as Vintage Winemaker. In 2009 he took the position of Assistant Winemaker at Bargetto Winery in Santa Cruz, California, the oldest winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, established in 1933.  

 

From 2012 to 2016, Spencer worked for King Estate in Eugene, Oregon and was promoted to Winemaker during his tenure. While at King Estate, Spencer learned about making wine in Oregon by working with fruit sourced throughout the state.

 

Spencer joined Durant Vineyards as Winemaker in the summer of 2017, overseeing the final stages of the new winery build-out. Spencer’s inaugural vintage with Durant Vineyards was 2018.