In December 2011, the Oregon Wine Board officially recognized Central Oregon as a “wine region”. There are now two licensed wineries and six vineyards in Central Oregon. As it turns out, Central Oregon’s sandy soil, warm summer days and cool nights produce some amazing, award winning grapes and wines.
Central Oregon’s largest winery, Maragas Winery, continues to win awards, and was recently awarded six medals at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Going for the gusto in 2012, Maragas submitted all of their current releases and they all medaled. Maragas wines either bested or tied every Pacific Northwest winery with every wine entered. It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t long ago that many doubted the possibility of successfully producing good wines here, but Central Oregonians love a challenge.
Nestled in one of Central Oregon’s most picturesque locations is Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards. This awe-inspiring property is protected by its own microclimate in a scenic canyon that opens up to its namesake, the Three Sisters Mountains. Proud of their nine varieties of hybrid grapes that produce wonderful wines, these grapes are recognized for their ability to withstand cold temperatures, a short growing season, and to thrive abundantly in the high desert of Central Oregon. This remarkable location currently offers a beautiful 15-acre vineyard with several wines available for tasting in their beautiful, on-site tasting room. You will also find the location is ideal for that enchanting wedding you have been dreaming of, or any special event that requires spectacular surroundings. The winery features exquisitely landscaped grounds around a large pond, as well as water features, and gracious views of both Smith Rock and the Three Sisters Mountains.
Another great stop on your Central Oregon wine tour should include Volcano Vineyards. Known as “The smallest Winery in the World”, it has a fun and funky tasting room located in Bend. Volcano Vineyards released their first wines in 2005. They are a “nano-winery”, currently producing fewer than 1200 cases per year in a facility that measures less than 230 square feet; making them, most likely, the smallest bonded winery in the US. They source their grapes from not only central Oregon (Monkey Face Vineyards) but from southern Oregon and Washington as well. Their 2005 Syrah won Best of Show at the 2008 National Women's Wine Competition. They also produce the Bend Blend wines, a popular line of Magmita Sangrias, and a limited release of Volcano Vodka, distilled from barrel-aged wine.
Come taste and see why Central Oregon wines have other regions taking notice and why our views make them weep.
Faith, Hope & Charity Vineyards
704 NE|W Lower Bridge Way
Terrebonne, OR 97760
15523 SW Hwy. 97
Culver, OR 97734
70 SW Century Drive, Suite 175
(The Century Center Courtyard)