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“Enjoying Great Wines in A Beautiful Setting”
Review of Elk Cove Vineyards

Elk Cove Vineyards
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Gaston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Named for the herd of Roosevelt Elk that roam the nearby Coast Range Mountains, Elk Cove is one of Oregon's historic vineyards and was first planted in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell. Elk Cove remains family owned and second generation winemaker Adam Campbell is known for Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, aromatic white wines like Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, and winery exclusives like their Chardonnay, Brut Rosé, Rieslings and a sweet dessert wine they call "Ultima" Interesting for travelers, Elk Cove is one of the few Oregon wineries that farm multiple vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley. Their six sites span two sub-AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) of the Willamette Valley and their fruit is grown on all three of the major soil types favored for growing grapes in this area: Jory, Laurelwood and Willakenzie. Elk Cove is also known for the spectacular view of the Coast Range Mountains and vineyards of the bowl-like property that surround their tasting room. It's a three mile drive up from Gaston, Oregon, that's totally worth the view.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed September 16, 2013

From our drive up the winding driveway to sampling outstanding wines, these vineyards are a little piece of paradise. All rows were clean & manicured with beautiful green vines full of ripening fruit of different varietals. The gardens around the main building were in full bloom. People were sampling wines inside & out.

We had three pinot noirs & a late harvest riesling. They were all from their vineyards in the surrounding area. The Five Mountain & Shea pinot's were sturdy & complex with floral notes, good fruit, slight earth, & savory. Nothing lightweight here & a nice, deep color. The reisling was deep honeyed on the nose & sweetly dry with a little wood on the initial taste. Good acidity. It had a long finish with the sweetness lingering on the tongue & a great mouth feel.

If you like visiting vineyards & wineries, Elk Cove is a must stop. Their wines are a true representation of the best the Willamette Valley has to offer.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I was planned to leave Portland in Friday, unfortunately I need to re-schedule my plan to have extra stay till next Monday. After some hard work on reschedule my flight, and hotel. I believe it's time to have some rest in Portland. I found Elk Cove through website surfing, and decide to have a visit right away. What a wonderful Saturday morning, and nice host. They even have BBQ party event in that evening. The place is nice, wine is nice (especially prefer the 1st taste one, it did have very rich apple flavor), and host is even more nicer. Definitely need to have a visit if you have time in Portland.

Thank Holin
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

A wonderful location! A sweeping bowl of vineyards surround the winery, with a ridge of vines cascading downhill. The reds are good; I was very pleasantly surprised at the dry whites (gris, blanc, reisling). Disappointed that there were no vineyard or winemaking tours, and that the tasting room staff didn't know what the vineyard teams were doing.

Would recommend visiting.

1  Thank djlund999
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We made a point to stop by this vinyard on the way to Pacific City. What a great decision. It is a beautiful area with views of the rolling vinyards. The wine was exceptional with a nice variety available for tasting. Two that stand out were the 2010 Pinot Noir Shea and the 2010 Pinot Noir Five Mountain. Oregon has some of the best Pinot Noir in the world and these two were excellent. The staff was very pleasant and knowledgeable and helped us with details on how to get our purchases back home. We live out of state and checked a case on the plane with the shipping container Elk Cove provided us. Make sure to stop by this vinyard if you are in the Yamhill County area. You'll be glad you did.

Thank Todd W
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We finished up a day of wine tasting in Oregon's famed Yamhill County and serendipitously saved the best for last. it is in a beautiful setting (though, to be fair, so are a great many of the other area wineries) but the quality and value of their wine is what really set it apart for us. Their Pinot Noir is as good as it gets but don't neglect their whites, especially their refreshingly tart Pinot Blanc. The tasting fee was waived with purchase and their wine club is reasonable, requiring two bottles every two months, i.e. a case per year, which is pretty standard. The wine is a great value, too, especially compared to some of the other wineries in the area such as the ridiculously priced Ken Wright Cellars. Highly recommended - make sure this one is on any day wine-tasting in the area.

Thank darcherd
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