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

TASTING ROOM

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. 

Chardonnay being poured into a wine glass for a tasting

NEW: Durant Vineyards Tasting Lodge

– CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE  –

 

We are not offering on-site tastings at the Durant Vineyards Tasting Lodge in accordance with new COVID-19 restrictions.  Until we are given approval from state officials to re-open, the Lodge will remain closed. Our main tasting room is open by reservation. 

Man explaining wine tasting

Durant Vineyards Tasting Room

– Open by Reservation –

 

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are open daily from 11 AM – 4 PM for in-person wine tastings (by appointment), shopping, and farm pickup. We are only hosting four parties at a time in our outdoor Tent Pavilion, in accordance with CDC and state safety guidelines.  Socail distancing and face coverings are required for all guests and staff.  Access to interior spaces is limited and increased sanitation is in effect to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Thank you for your understanding, patience, and ongoing support.

Two woman enjoying wine in our Private Vineyard Cabana

PRIVATE VINEYARD CABANAS

NOW BOOKING FOR SUMMER 2021!

 

Give yourself an exclusive vineyard experience from one of our new Durant Cabanas. Each secluded location is perfectly appointed for a casual yet elegant, open-air, two-hour retreat. We will escort you and your three guests on a short ATV ride into the vineyard to your private pop-up lounge along with a complimentary bottle of Durant Vineyards wine and a perfect picnic for four. Experience the tranquility of the “Landscape of the West” while sipping amid the vines in your own private retreat. 

wine and olive oil tasting

THE ESTATE EXPERIENCE

Summer bookings begin March 1, 2021

 

A guided tour of the Durant Olive Mill and the upper-elevation olive orchard is followed by a traditional blue glass tasting of our estate-milled extra virgin olive oils paired with a variety of proteins, starches, seasonal vegetables, and even sweets to demonstrate how EVOO can elevate even the simplest of foods.

 

Durant Vineyard estate wines will round out the tasting as we compare different elevations, clones, and vintages of our estate, to further explore the ways in which wine and olive oil complement each other.

 

Online booking coming soon.  To inquire about availability or to schedule this experience please email info@durantroegon.com

VINEYARD ATV TOUR

Summer bookings begin March 1, 2021

 

Feel the wind in your hair as we weave through the vineyard rows in our all-terrain passenger vehicle! This fun, guided tour of the estate is limited to three guests at a time and features our Classic Wine Flight for a tasting among the vines.

 

Online booking coming soon for Summer 2021.

Folks on a tractor trailer enjoying the vineyard

VINEYARD TRACTOR TOUR

Summer bookings begin March 1, 2021

 

Hop on our tractor passenger trailer for an entertaining ride through our many acres of pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, and sauvignon blanc. We will make several stops along the way to taste estate wines. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Price may change without notice.  Online booking coming soon for Summer 2021.

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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.