Newberg, Oregon (January 11, 2020) – The REX HILL Tasting Room opens on the 15th after a multi-million dollar renovation last year. January is open to guests again. The new visitor center, designed by Ernie Munch of MAP Architecture (formerly of EMA), features 180-degree floor-to-ceiling windows that provide breathtaking views of Dundee’s vineyards, forests and hills beyond the Willamette Valley vineyard. The winery is now accepting online bookings for daily wine tastings starting on the 15th. January. These tastings will be held in a heated and partially covered outdoor patio until COVID-19 restrictions in Yamhill County allow for tastings in a spacious and modern indoor space. Guests are welcome to check in, shop and enjoy the view in the indoor tasting room.
REX HILL’S New Tasting Room, Photo : Adrian Citti
We are thrilled to welcome guests to our exciting new space, says winemaker and founder Cheryl Francis A to Z Wineworks/REX HILL. Since we purchased REX HILL in 2007, we wanted to modernize the tasting room to more closely connect the vineyards to the winery and reimagine its legacy with a design that harmoniously brings together the old and the new.
Over the past decade, A to Z Wineworks has built a campus around the REX HILL vineyard in Newberg, which the company purchased in 2007. In 1983, the REX HILL vineyard was built around an early 20th century Rex Hill fruit and nut dryer. It dates from the 19th century. The tunnels originally used for transporting dried fruit, as well as the place where festive wine dinners were held over the years, have been perfectly integrated into the innovative design. Grant’s new, light-filled tasting room features an Oregon white oak tasting room with a bright white quartz top, perfect for evaluating wine color and clarity. The beamed Douglas fir ceiling and large fireplace offer a warm welcome, and guests are greeted with modern wood and leather furnishings. The large outdoor terrace overlooks the famous steel sculpture Song for Architect by renowned Portland artist Lee Kelly, which is located opposite the property’s vineyard.
REX HILL’s tasting room offers full wine tasting 7 days a week by appointment at rexhill.com/experience. A flight of five wines ($25), a selection of 11 reserve wines and offerings by the glass, as well as a selection of appetizers prepared to accompany the wines (a plate of Cascadia Creamery and Northwest Reserve Board cheeses with butternut, smoked fish, olives, local hazelnuts, pickles and crackers). Currently, all tastings are held outdoors, under the covered portion of the heated patio, in accordance with Yamhill County’s COVID-19 protocol. Guests with reservations can visit the new tasting room before and after the tasting to explore the shopping area and enjoy the view. In good weather it is also possible to taste for larger groups in one or two households in the uncovered part of the courtyard.
Once the indoor tasting resumes, the winery’s new state-of-the-art kitchen will offer a full menu of dishes to accompany the wine tasting. During this period, exclusive group tastings take place in the wine cellar barrel and in the tasting loft with its own fireplace.
Pay attention: High-tech scrubbers were installed during the renovation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the REX HILL Tasting Room.
About Rex Hill.
REX HILL’s wines are 100% produced in the Willamette Valley, and all of the winery’s vineyards are cultivated according to the principles of biodynamics. The first vines were planted in 1982 on Rex Hill, located in the small Laurelwood sub-AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
In 2007, the founders of A to Z Wineworks, two families with extensive experience in winemaking in the Willamette Valley – Cheryl Francis, Deb Hatcher, Sam Tannahill and Bill Hatcher – took over the reins of this former Oregon vineyard. The group has reduced the size of REX HILL to focus only on wines of the highest quality, with fewer than 10,000 cases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay each year, as well as sparkling wines made using the Champagne method. There are also very small batches of dry Muscat and Pinot Noir Rosé.
In 2014, A to Z Wineworks/REX HILL became a B Corp. certified company and has been named the best company in the world B Corp. every year since. In 2017, REX HILL was named America’s Extraordinary Wine under the radar of the Michelin Wine Advocate. To learn more about REX HILL’s history, its employees and its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, visit REXHILL.com Follow REX HILL on Instagram @REXHILLWines
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