Cliff Creek Cellars

What's going on in the vineyard- March 2014


We at Cliff Creek Cellars are dedicated to producing quality, estate-grown wines that will stand the test of time, obtaining local, regional and national recognition and distribution and to foster an enjoyable experience for the consumer at all points of contact. Our Vision is to share our family’s legacy of the practice of good stewardship, love of fine wine and passion for the people we share it with. We are producers of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Claret, Marsanne Roussanne, Merlot, Syrah and our Red Red Wine.

Location Description

We have a second location! Visit us at the Vineyard Tasting Room located at:

1015 McDonough Road
Gold Hill Oregon 97525


  • We are all about the BIG REDS Premiere Oregon wines handcrafted with 100% estate grown fruit.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 27.00

The Team

The Garvin Family took ownership of what is now the Sam’s Valley Vineyard in the early 1990’s. At the age of 70, Vern Garvin decided to build one more business. In 1999 Vern began the process of starting the vineyard.

Vern and his wife Dorothy had a lot of excitement through the years and lived life to the fullest. Their children, Lee, Roy and Ruth were always involved in the family businesses including a cable company, radio communications and 24 hour answering services. The Garvin children could often be found on the pulling cable, working on the switchboard or doing whatever else was needed to help in building the success the family has always achieved.

Vern was the vineyard manager supported by Dorothy from the initial ground break of the vineyard in 1999. In 2009 at the age of 78, Vern passed away, leaving a legacy of entrepreneurship, stewardship and a blueprint for success to his family and community. Dorothy continued to actively participate in the growth of both the vineyard and the winery until October of 2015 when she passed. It is now up to the future generations.

The second generation: Lee and Ruth are involved with all aspects of the business. Lee juggles his time between his job as Pilot and Purchasing Agent for South Coast Lumber Company in Brookings, Oregon and the family business. Ruth works full time and manages the marketing and distribution segments of the business and is the liaison for the family as needed.

The third generation: Kelly, Teri and Cory are always willing to help, and are busy creating their own lives. Kelly is a High School teacher and coach at Brookings Harbor High School, Teri is married and has the first of the fourth generation, a little girl, Bailey. She also works for the School District 17c office and is the payroll and benefits manager. Cory is learning the art of farming the sea as a commercial fisherman and also helps out at the vineyard.

Northern Oregon Distribution & Newberg Tasting Room

Mark MacLennan originally meet the Garvin family buying fruit for his garage wine blend. Born and raised in a Iowa, Mark moved to Wilsonville where he and his wife Kendra raised their two sons. He is now a proud grandfather to a beautiful granddaughter and grand black lab. He enjoys fishing, grilling, and family vacations to Florida as often as possible.

Vineyard Tasting Room Manager & Southern Oregon Distribution

Lesley Hopper calls Southern Oregon home with her husband and 3 West Highland Terriers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and is currently working on a plan for her next educational achievement. Her favorite color is yellow and if she were only allowed one food to live on a deserted island, it would have to be pizza. She’s a huge fan of movies from the 30’s & 40’s and is always intrigued by documentary films. She is well known for her infectious laugh and that’s alright by her!

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Southern Oregon Vineyard Manager

Chris Hubert, A native of Colorado, was educated at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He worked as a Professional Crop Advisor for Crop Care Services in Napa before taking on the role of Vineyard Manager at Louis Martini Vineyard in St. Helena, California. Hubert has been in southern Oregon for the past 8 years. He and his wife Heather live in Medford.

Practices & Techniques

LIVE Certified sustainable farming.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Within the first 3 years of planting a grape vine, the roots will push their way through hard ground, deep down into the earth searching for pure water. Once planted that grape vine is here to stay, the roots run deep.

Cliff Creek Wine is made from the harvest of our very own vineyard, Sams Valley Vineyard.

Sam’s Valley Vineyard is located just northeast of Gold Hill, Oregon. This is a family owned farm that has been farmed for many years by the Garvin Family. It was used to graze cattle and grow a variety of grasses, part of the 230 plus acres is still used for grass, hay and alfalfa.

We currently have close to 70 acres in grape production.

The truly wonderful thing about this small valley is that very little had to be done to the soil to prepare it to grow the big red varietals that we are so fond of. When we first started this adventure in 2000, we began by soil testing. When the consultants came out to take a look at our land – the first thing they saw was starthistle, believe it or not that was a positive sign. Their comments were, “if you can grow starthistle you can grow grapes.” Now if any of you know about starthistle, it is that awful sticky thorn that gets caught in everything. As we say, somehow it can even work itself into your underwear and manages to stick you.

Well, with that noted, the soil testing began. We waited a couple of weeks and when the test came back from the lab – guess what. We were ready to go. We didn’t need to add anything. Except for maybe a little fertilizer, this would help our little 2 year old plants get a good healthy start. Thus, the beginning of Sams Valley Vineyard.

The first planting consisted of 15 acres. Once my dad got planting in his system we were off ,and we put another 50 or so acres in the next year.

We now sit with 20 acres in Syrah, 20 acres in Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest divided among Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese.

Some of our grapes are sold to other winemakers and the rest we reserve for the Cliff Creek label.

What is in the future for Sams Valley Vineyard? We see a lot more vines and a lot less starthistle.

As you can see the roots run deep at Sams Valley Vineyard. This piece of land has been farmed for over 100 years and farming has been in the Garvin Family since the late 1800’s.

Vineyard Clones:
Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4: 9 acres
Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 337: 6 acres
Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 15: 3 acres
Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 8: 2 acres
Syrah Noir Clone: 26.6 acres
Merlot Clone 181: 11 acres
Cabernet Franc Clone 332: 10 acres
Sangiovese Rodino Clone: 2 acres
Pinot Gris Clone 152: 2 acres
Viognier Clone 1: 1 acre


Red Red Wine
90 (Editors Choice) 2017 Wine Enthusiast
Double Gold 2017 Savor NW
Double Gold 2017 Oregon Wine Awards
Gold 2017 Wine Press NW Best of the Best
Gold 2018 SF Chron Wine Comp

2011 Claret
Gold 2016 Cabernet Shootout
Gold 2017 San Francisco Chronicle
Gold 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition
Gold 2017 Oregon Wine Awards
Judge's Selection 2017 SIP NW Best of the NorthWest
Double Gold 2017 Wine Press NW Best of the Best

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Double Gold 2017 Oregon Wine Awards
Double Gold 2017 Wine Press NW Best of the Best

Super Tuscan
2011 Platinum 2016 Wine Press Northwest - Best of the Best
2013 Gold 2018 Savor NW

2016 MRV
Best in Show 2017 Oregon Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2017 SIP NW Best of the Northwest
Double Gold 2017 Wine Press NW Best of the Best
Gold Medal 2018 Greatest of the Grape

2017 Pink Pink Wine
Experience Rose Competition Gold Medal- 93 pts

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