Illahe Vineyards is a multi-generational winery focused on sustainable farming and historical winemaking techniques. The solar-powered winery is perched atop a steep vineyard, worked by hand and horse, nestled in a valley in the southern reaches of the Willamette Valley, overlooking the Cascade Mountain Range.
The winery is perhaps most known for their 1899 Pinot Noir, a wine made without the use of stainless steel or combustion engines—picked by hand, transported by horse-drawn cart and moved from wooden tank to barrels with the use of a bike-powered pump, then canoed to their largest market downriver after hand-bottling.
In addition to premium pinot noir, Illahe makes a line of beautiful white wines from estate-grown fruit: an acacia-aged Grüner Veltliner, a zippy Viognier, a crisp Pinot Gris, and others.
More information: illahevineyards.com
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