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“The most interesting (free) winery tour ever”
Review of Shallon Winery

Shallon Winery
Ranked #17 of 56 things to do in Astoria
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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 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.
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 Astoria. His passion and pride in his wines is evident in the tour. We ended up spending an hour here and buying three wines (cash only). The cran du lait and chocolate orange wine are unique, smooth, and only available at the winery. A must stop if visiting Astoria, whether you enjoy wines or not.

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2014

Thanks kindly for taking the time to remember the winery.

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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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Reviewed September 4, 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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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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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 whey wines were outstanding as well as the unique chocolate orange wine also made with whey -- we will definitely revisit when we return to Astoria

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