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“Great winery and setting for its location in farm country” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ardiri Winery and Vineyards

Ardiri Winery and Vineyards
35040 Southwest Unger Road, Cornelius, OR 97113
503-628-6060
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Cornelius
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
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Owner description: Árdíri Winery and Vineyards, located in the heart of the beautiful Chehalem Mountains AVA just west of Portland, specializes in Willamette Valley and Napa Valley Pinot noir and Pinot gris. Narrowly spaced, densely planted vineyards produce limited quantities of elegant wines with rich and complex characteristics. Views of Mt. Hood and the surrounding vineyards add to the ambiance of a visit to Árdíri.
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“Great winery and setting for its location in farm country”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Having spent a fair amount of time in Napa and Sonoma, I was quite impressed with the overall grounds and wine tasting facility at Ardiri. This facility can handle all types of Oregon weather with its fire pits, glass walls, along with comfortable chairs for relaxing; you don't have to stand at the bar. The grape vines themselves were overflowing with the most beautiful grapes.

Our wine host was very friendly, professional and low key.

Visited September 2013
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Bend, OR
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“Good Wine, Stunning View, Warm Hospitality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Ardiri in Sicilian dialect means "take a risk". My hubby is Sicilian heritage and was intrigued to visit this winery and try their wines. (Available only by mail and at the tasting room which is open Friday through Sunday.) We knew little about Ardiri before our visit. We left fans.

TASTING ROOM SETTING: This is a spectacular setting for views. Great outdoor seating when weather cooperates including firepits with chairs surrounding. Entire site is universally accessible including accessible (aka ADA) parking and level, stable surface path into the tasting room. Parking of all kinds here is very limited. On event days that is likely a significant drawback.

TASTING ROOM AMBIANCE: With the roll up garage doors rolled down during inclement weather, as the day we visited, the tasting room seems much smaller than some of the others nearby (as in David Hill and Montinore). A sleek design interior that matches the exterior.

TASTING SET UP: The host behind the tasting bar, Zack, was welcoming and knowledgeable. A $10 tasting fee (refundable with two bottle purchase) returned pours from a five wine fixed card that included the winery's white blended wine, Chehalem Gold, as well as four Pinot Noirs. A small plate of Pecorino Romano and crackers was offered to go with the wine. You'll also note how small are the tasting glasses here, unlike the larger Riedel glasses at others nearby. That's because the smaller glasses with shorter stems are more stable to prevent tipping over in the prone to wind outdoor seating area we were told.

THE WINES:

We enjoyed the Chehalem Gold which is a blend of their estate grown Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. At $20, this alone is worth a visit to the winery. We hope Ardiri will bottle Pinot Blanc as varietal in the future too.

Being Oregonians (me a native, my husband a transplant) we are biased in favor of Oregon Pinot Noir and were surprised to find Ardiri's parent effort is in the Carneros area of Napa and so three of the four Pinots being poured were from Carneros. Carneros is a perfect growing area for Pinot Noir grapes and Oregon bias aside, the three Carneros grown Pinot Noir were really good. Ardiri's single Oregon Pinot, the first release from their 15 acre vineyard in Cornelius was both hot (at 15% plus for alcohol) and a bit tight. But good enough to be interesting for what they will do as the vines mature.

Although not on the tasting card, we also had a chance to try Due Stati (two states). Although still a touch young, this blend of both Carneros (CA) and Cornelius (OR) Pinot Noir (under $40) was very good for the promise it holds after it has been in the bottle for a while.

BOTTOM LINE: Both owners (John Compagno and Gail Lizak) grew up in Italian heritage families with a connection to wine starting in their childhoods and an appreciation for the connection between good wine, food and hospitality. It shows at the wine tasting room too. We arrived curious and departed fans with purchases of Ardiri wines. Cent'anni!

Visited April 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Beautiful View”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

On a nice day, the tasting area is a wonderful place to be. There is a view of Mount Hood, plenty of comfortable chairs and friendly staff. The list of wines is limited and in my opinion, there are much better pinot noirs at other wineries.

Visited September 2012
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“Gorgeous vineyard on a lookout hill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

The drive was only 30 minutes from southwest Portland. Gorgeous land. Very pleasant and knowledgeable server. We (3) did a wine tasting ($10 each) for 5 wines. Then bought some wine (if you purchase 2 bottles, they rebate your wine tasting fee for one person = $10 off.)

Then sat on their covered patio - super relaxing and comfortable, just in front of their vines - and looking out on a beautiful valley. We'll be sure to take visitors here.

Oh - very very good wine too!

Visited August 2012
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Beaverton, Oregon
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

Ardiri Winery is an awesome place to have a bottle of wine and some snacks and just look over the hillside and let your cares go away. Beautiful tasting room with patio, warm fireplace for those cold evenings, and knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Visited October 2011
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