Bridgeview Vineyards

Bridgeview Vineyards - Grants Pass, Oregon

About

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the romance that is a beautiful glass of wine. This is what motivates us as we cultivate the vineyard, harvest the grapes, tend the fermenting tanks, bottle and sell our wine. To us, wine is a lifelong passion that we take great pleasure in sharing with the world. So we are very happy to see you here and to share our wine and our story with you.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Cave Junction, Oregon.

Features

  • Outstanding quality product at an affordable price.

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Average Bottle Price

$ $15

Winemaker

Vice President & Winemaker
René Eichmann

History

Lelo and Bob Kerivan first started shaking up the Oregon wine industry in 1986, when they converted a 75-acre field in Southern Oregon's Illinois Valley to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris grapes. "You're crazy!" exclaimed experienced growers, for Lelo and Bob planted dense rows of vines only six feet apart, instead of the usual 12 that prevails in the United States. "You can't fit a tractor through the rows," the naysayers continued. The Kerivans not only ignored the criticism, but ventured further from typical American grape-growing practices, pruning each vine to allow just 20 buds, instead of the usual 60 to 80. To outsiders, the couple looked like rebels without a cause.

But in fact, the "rebellious" Kerivans were acting on carefully researched plans that were deeply rooted in European tradition. Lelo had grown up in Germany, where dense planting of vineyards is a centuries-old practice. When she and Bob, a Miami air freight executive, decided to retire in the Illinois Valley in 1979 ("the fishing was excellent"), Lelo recognized the region's potential for growing European varietals. "Every German dreams of having a vineyard," laughs Lelo. Her hobby soon outgrew the two-acre yard, and the Kerivans purchased the adjacent field to create Bridgeview Vineyard and Winery. Lelo's son René arrived from Germany in 1980 to play a hands-on role in the family business.

The rebels' approach turned out to be right. Almost overnight, Bridgeview sprang to prominence in the Oregon wine world. Today, the winery has a storage capacity of 300,000+ gallons and a production capacity of 100,000+ cases, which makes Bridgeview one of the largest wineries in Oregon. Bridgeview produces: moderately priced, gracious wines in the varietals of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Riesling. Bridgeview is most famous for their line of "Blue Moon" Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other lines include Black Beauty Merlot and a Premium line that includes Reserve Pinot Gris and Reserve Pinot Noir.

The winery is still very much a family-run operation, with Lelo and Bob at the helm and René serving as both winemaker and Vice President. Success hasn't changed the Kerivan's original focus on having fun while making wine. Says Lelo, "If I saw this as work, I wouldn't do it!" Bridgeview has continued to shake up the wine world by introducing blue bottles for their "Blue Moon" Riesling and "Blue Moon" Chardonnay, and by using colored, recyclable synthetic corks in some of their bottles.

Visitors to Bridgeview Winery can taste an array of fine wines and picnic on the estate, while enjoying views of landscaped gardens and pristine lakes. Many visitors opt to overnight at Bridgeview's own bed-and-breakfast lodge, the Kerbyville Inn, with five wine-themed suites. Bridgeview cordially invites you to visit the winery, sit on the deck, and watch the sun set behind the mountains with a glass of wine in hand.

The Team

Proprietors Robert & Lelo Kerivan

Marketing Director Tim Woodhead

Vineyard Managers Hans Ahl Rick Kerivan

Applegate Tasting Room Amanda Wilson

Estate Vineyards / AVA

As the Napa Valley was exploding in the early 80’s, founders Bob and Lelo Kerivan decided to rebel and push further north to set root in the beautiful Illinois Valley, home of our estate vineyard and winery. Lelo had a dream “every German dreams of owning a vineyard.” The estate vineyards were planted in 1982 in dense European style 6 foot rows of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Riesling. German varietals were a rarity at the time they ware planted, but the Kerivans had a passion to bring the vines of the ‘old world’ into the new world of American produced grapes. Dense planting of the vineyard was also a new concept in ‘the new world’ as standard American tractors would never have fit down the 6 foot rows. This was no obstacle for the Kerivans who imported European tractors to fit down the narrow aisles. Over the years many vineyards adopted dense planting practices and now nearly all vineyards are planted in this style.

In 1998 we planted our 80 acre Applegate Vineyard with Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Riesling. The warmer climate of the Applegate Valley makes it an ideal location for Bordeaux varietals to reach optimal fruit ripeness which in turn produces the most full bodied, fruit forward wines. Grandson Rick Kerivan lives on site at the Applegate vineyard and tends to the vineyard throughout the season from pruning and training to harvest.

In 1999 and 2001 we planted 40 acres of Pinot Noir at our Bear Creek Vineyard which is also located in the Illinois Valley. Pinot Noir is a classic German varietal known by the name of Spatburgunder to Germans. Pinot Noir is our second most produced varietal and the rocky soil of the Bear Creek property provides the perfect home for ripe, flavorful grapes. Grandson Andreas Eichmann lives on site at the Bear Creek vineyard, maintaining and caring for the vines throughout the year.

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Hours

Fri - Sun 11am to 5pm

Address

4210 Holland Loop Rd
Cave Junction, Oregon 97523
United States

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