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Address: 1598 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103-3707
Phone Number: 15033255978
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Shallon Winery is a very small, one-man operation that is open every...

Shallon Winery is a very small, one-man operation that is open every afternoon, one to six PM, and has been for over 35 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 a suggestion for the best time, or just call the number when at the door, if it is not open.

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Amazing visit yet again!

Paul is running this business all on his own and we are always amazed. His wines are great and truly one of a kind. He takes his time and truly shows interest in getting to know... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Avery M
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Calgary
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Calgary
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36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Paul is running this business all on his own and we are always amazed. His wines are great and truly one of a kind. He takes his time and truly shows interest in getting to know you. We love his stories about his wine and he gave us great recommendations on places to visit while we are in town. Make... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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172 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Paul is the draw here. He will ask you how much time you have to spend and will adjust his talk accordingly. We were there around 90 minutes. When we first called him from his front door he was busy, so after we set a time to return, we crossed the street to a delightful little restaurant where we had... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to return that day, and taking the time to review - and for commenting on the unique little restaurant next door. More 

Portland, Oregon
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228 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

It may not be super easy to get in here but if you are lucky enough to meet Paul, you will walk away with so much more than great wine. We actually felt honored to be in his presence. With so much knowledge and humor to offer, there's nothing like a lesson in life from someone who's lived it with... More 

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

Thanks kindly for your exuberant review. It cheers me more than some of the others. Thankfully, I was not grumpy or rude that day. More 

Olympia, United States
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

Sign on the door said open 1-2:30 and 4-6, not 12-5 daily. No worries! It was 1:18. So, we called the number on the door as the door was locked so we followed instructions. "Mr. Grumpy" answered and was rude and brusque. We were told to come back tomorrow because he was busy. We explained that we would not be... More 

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1 Thank Sharon L
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this review

Grumpy and brusque, yes. I try not to give that impression; I’m sorry. Open daily, yes! Have been open every afternoon, one to six, 365 days a year for 35 years (longer than the young lady has been alive.) Being a one-man operation, once in a while, have to take an hour or so for a doctor’s appointment, or the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

I have gone to Astoria a few times, and have always made sure to visit this winery. This winery has some really unique wines. The chocolate wine is the one I have bought every time I have gone. Will go back!

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Thank Kristine J
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Did not find "Kristine" in the book, but did find a Kristine J back in '07! Wow! Thanks for visiting again. More 

Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Buying wine here is not just shopping, it's an experience. I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't understand that or read up on this place before going. The 90 year old chemist that runs this fine establishment does so with love and pride, his wines are his masterpieces and finest creations. Like any artist he does not willy-nilly release them... More 

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Brookings, Oregon
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Went to this winery during business hours and found door locked and a note on door saying doorbell broken (see attached pic). The note said to call a number and we thought owner must have stepped out. An hour later we came back and door was open so we walked in. Owner became upset and said we needed an appointment.... More 

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

Since everyone seems to have a cellphone,, my sign on the door says “Will be either working or giving a presentation; please call (the number); I will either open immediately – or tell you how many minutes.” I remember that particular day in which the door was apparently inadvertently unlocked, and I was in the middle of a presentation to... More 

Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This vintner takes the time to fully explain his operation and to get to know the customer. He has been in the business many years and has developed a few very unique wines which are different. He stated that he has no interest in producing wines which are similar to others on the market. He provides a tour of the... More 

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

Thank you for your unbiased description of my very small winery. And thanks for bringing out the “social” aspect. It makes me realize that is about my only social life in 35 years, but with over 60,000 guests. More 

Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

This is our fourth visit to the winery and each time it was a pleasure! Paul has hand crafted wines like none that you have ever tasted! NOTE: Only go to the Shallon Winery if you have adequate time to savor the wines and listen to Paul's interesting stories about his wines and the history of Astoria. We purchased 3... More 

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

Thank you for posting such a nice review, and especially for returning to visit after at least twenty years. More 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Came here today with my boyfriend. Mr. van der Veldt is bursting with knowledge, very observant and quick witted He is a man of his craft, an expert in the science and art of winemaking. It was great fun and I loved the history lesson. The wine is none like I have ever had before. A one of a kind... More 

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Thank bhm817
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this review

Thank you very much. More 

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