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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
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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Bellevue, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stopped by Paul's winery based on all the wonderful reviews here. We received so much more than we bargained for. Not only are his wines unique, it is evident that he is passionate about what he does and the people that go to see him. We left feeling like we had visited an old friend. It's not every day... More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this review

Thank you very much. More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Paul van der veldt is a man among boys in the wine making business. I don't know what I enjoyed more....the amazing wines....or the amazing stories that Paul regales you with. He's an 89 year old going on 35, with a wit and charm that is second to none. What a truly wonderdul experience. Oh, and Paul told me that... More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this review

A bit overwhelming, but thank you. I hope you liked the wine. More

Toronto
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

If in Astoria, this winery, a one man operation, is definitely worth a visit. I visited the winery with my wife, who doesn't drink, and it was a highlight of our Oregon coast road trip. The winemaker, Paul, is an interesting character who is friendly, entertaining and more than happy to give recommendations on restaurants and things to do in... More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this review

Thanks kindly for taking the time to remember the winery. More

montesano, Wa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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