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Shallon Winery

1598 Duane Street, Astoria, OR 97103
503-325-5978
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Ranked #2 of 10 activities in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Wineries
Owner description: Shallon Winery is a very small, one-man operation that is open every afternoon, one to six PM, and has been for over 30 years. It, therefore, has to... more » Owner description: Shallon Winery is a very small, one-man operation that is open every afternoon, one to six PM, and has been for over 30 years. It, therefore, has to specialize in unique products unavailable elsewhere, such as totally wild berry wines, whey wines, Lemon Meringue Pie wine, and, Chocolate Orange wine. It is a working, functioning winery, not a wine shop.The winemaker prefers a one on one relation with his guests, which entails a brief visit and explanation in the wine making room, followed by tasting all the wines available in a sequence.Local historical information is usually included in the presentation.This visit may run from a minimum of a half hour to an hour or more depending on questions and conversation.Unfortunately, the winery can not afford to entertain larger groups, and frequently is closed to the walk-in public during the days of cruise ship arrivals. However, serious individuals or couples may call during the day for an appointment at those times. « less
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English first
montesano, Wa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We found Shallon Winery 10 years ago. What an experience.. when we're in Astoria, Shallon is our first stop. Absolutely the most excellent wine and Paul is a jewel. He's also a connoisseur of fine food. Just ask and he will direct you to the finest eateries in town and beyond.

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Bingen, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The wine is very good but enjoyed the animation, history and stories of the elder gentleman that gives the tours.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We shared a combination of great wine and conversation with Paul. His passion for the wine-making is reflected in the delicious and unique flavors of wine he produces. We came home with three bottles of wine and wish we had brought enough cash for more (cash only!).

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Lynnwood, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

A friend told us about this unique winery and its wines, so we decided to visit next time we were in Astoria -- glad we did -- the winemaker, 88 year old Paul van der Veldt, is a delight to chat with and share his passion for making unique wines using whey and local berries -- the cranberry and blackberry... More

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Colorado
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50 reviews 50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

Thanks, Paul, for hosting us and sharing your dreams and your passion for wine! We enjoyed each of your creations, and were happy that you so graciously shared your time with us. We wish you many more years of sharing your craft with the world!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

This is my favorite winery in the world. The wine is fantastic and Paul is a great host. If you don't have the time for the full experience, well, then go pick up some Gallo at the Safeway up the street. The tour and tasting are part of the experience. I someone is in front of you, have patience and... More

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Washington
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Don't come here unless you have at least 1/2 hour to visit and taste. The owner is an original! He enjoys visiting with his guests and learning about you as you learn about him. He can give you great advice about what to do and see in the area - as well as share his original wine with you. We... More

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Portland, Oregon
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The stories we heard were very interesting, and the "view" painted in the windows provided a unique view of history. The time we spent there learning about wine making and the wines of Shallon Winery was time very well spent. The wine wasn't the cheapest available but we believe it is of great value and worth the price asked ($22-$42/bottle).... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Can't decide what has aged better, Paul, the wonderful owner or his wines! Most unique wines anywhere. What a great place and an even greater guy!

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Houston, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

First, if you are in a hurry: don't go. The owner, the winemaker, is an older gentleman who owns and runs this winery all by himself and does the tour and wine tasting all by himself as well. He is charming, delightful, informative, and fun. I found the wine quite delicious and bought several to take home as gifts and... More

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