Domaine Serene Winery

Domaine Serene - Dayton, Oregon

About

At Domaine Serene, our mission is to grow, produce, and market consistently outstanding, ultra-premium wines. Our vineyard management and winemaking practices are designed to ensure complex, concentrated, and elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay year after year. Those who enjoy elegant wine can find Domaine Serene in upscale restaurants and fine wine retail establishments throughout the world. Our three sustainably-farmed vineyard estates are planted exclusively to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Extremely low crop yields produce consistently concentrated, award-winning wines. Since our highly-rated first vintage, 1990, Domaine Serene has been at the forefront of the Oregon Pinot Noir industry. You can find our signature Pinot Noir, Evenstad Reserve, in fine restaurants and wine shops worldwide. Limited-production wines, including many of our vineyard designates, are best obtained by contacting us directly or becoming a member of one of our wine clubs.

Location Description

Located in Dayton, Oregon, in the beautiful Dundee Hills.

Contact

Fax: 503-864-4500

Features

  • We are a family-owned winery in Oregon's Dundee Hills.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 70

Winemaker

Erik Kramer is the winemaker for Domaine Serene. Like many others in the field, winemaking is a second career for Erik. In 1999, he left a successful profession as a corporate geologist in the oil industry to pursue a career that allowed him to follow his passion for science and appreciation for fine wine. That career change prompted him to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Viticulture and Enology from Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he graduated with honors. Erik has now been making wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley since 2004. He joined Domaine Serene as winemaker in 2011 and has also worked for several highly acclaimed wineries in Oregon, New Zealand and Washington. Erik Kramer, winemaker

Erik’s approach to winemaking is largely vineyard driven. Many of his efforts are aimed at maximizing the quality of individual blocks of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in order to produce wines that meet Domaine Serene’s stylistic goals. Domaine Serene has been recognized for well-balanced Pinot noirs that are complex, silky and delicious and Erik’s goal is to maintain that stylistic approach. In addition, Erik’s natural scientific curiosity drives him to develop various winemaking and viticultural experiments that are aimed at maximizing wine quality. Erik is also thrilled and very passionate about Domaine Serene’s Chardonnay program. He truly enjoys working with Chardonnay plantings that are capable of producing excellent wines.

History

A passion for Pinot Noir, and a commitment to produce the world's best, led Ken and Grace Evenstad to the Willamette Valley in the late 1980s. They founded Domaine Serene, high up in the beautiful Dundee Hills, in 1989.

Practices & Techniques

Domaine Serene’s Sustainable Farming Practices (SFP) program begins and ends with the Evenstad’s deep respect for the land. With this deep respect for the land and through Domaine Serene’s SFP, the Evenstads are committed to managing their vineyards in a way that maximizes grape quality while at the same time minimizes risks to farmland and the surrounding environment. One of the most important facets of the SFP is to ensure that Domaine Serene’s vineyard land and the surrounding environment are preserved for future generations. Some of the principal components of Domaine Serene’s comprehensive SFP are: management of soil health, management of natural resources, and integrated pest management. More details regarding these important components of the SFP are described below.

1. Managing Soil Health: Ensuring that soils maintain their health in conjunction with farming is of vital importance to the overall health of the vineyard system. Every year, macro and micro nutrients are used by the grapevines to support their growth. As a result, these nutrients are depleted from the soil and need to be returned each year to ensure the soil can support healthy grapevine growth. Through the SFP, these nutrients are continually replenished with a variety of cover crops, green manures, and tilling practices. Limiting erosion is also vital to maintaining healthy soils. Vineyard layout, natural grasses and in-row crops are an important facet of the SFP and utilized to limit the amount of erosion that occurs over the course of each growing season.

2. Limiting use of Natural Resources: Sensible use of our water resources is basic to sustainable and environmentally responsible farming. All of Domaine Serene’s vineyards are ‘dry farmed’, which means that irrigation is not used to supply grapevines with water. Dry farming encourages grapevines to establish deep root systems in their quest for water and nutrients. This practice ultimately leads to healthier vines with vast root systems that can sustain the plants through average as well as drought years.

3. Integrated Pest Management: In order to effectively control and suppress the impacts of vineyard pests and grapevine diseases, Domaine Serene is committed to utilization of a wide range of techniques to prevent damage to its grapevines. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the term that is used to describe this comprehensive set of viticultural practices. Domaine Serene’s IPM program incorporates a sensible combination of cultural, biological and chemical controls to manage vineyard pests and diseases. One of the principal environmental benefits of this IPM approach is reduced and limited use of chemical applications and sprays in the vineyard. Cultural controls and effective, well-timed canopy management activities (e.g. leaf removal, fruit thinning, etc.) are also very important part of Domaine Serene’s IPM program as they encourage development of a growing environment with low disease pressure and reduced need for chemical inputs.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Winery Hill Estate is an 80-acre hilltop in the Red Hills, one mile North of the Evenstad Estate. The winery is built into the West side of the hill. Twenty acres of Dijon clone Pinot Noir are planted on gentle, South and West-facing slopes along the driveway with elevations of 800 to 850 feet. The volcanic soil is Jory type.

Evenstad Estate, crowning the southernmost hill in the prestigious Red Hills of Dundee, is one of the most unique vineyard estates in the world, ranging in elevation from 520-800 feet. The seven vineyards of this site face East, South and West, with glorious views of the Cascade Mountains, the Coast Range, and the Willamette Valley. Clones, rootstocks, microclimates, slope and elevation allow for the creation of distinct and complex wines. There are seven producing vineyards on the Evenstad Estate: Mark Bradford, Fleur de Lis, Etoile, Gold Eagle, Clos du Soleil, Grace and Côte Sud. The soil in all of these vineyards is Jory type. It is an ancient, crumbling volcanic soil with a very distinctive red color.

Jerusalem Hill Estate is about 13 miles South of the Evenstad Estate, on the East side of the Eola Hills, Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, Oregon. The Estate encompasses 90-acres of gentle East-facing hillside on Jerusalem Hill. Jerusalem Hill Vineyard has 55-acres planted to Pinot Noir. Vineyard elevation is 200-300 feet. The sedimentary soil is called Woodburn.

Awards

Wine Spectator #3
Wine of the Year 2013 - Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, 2010 Vintage

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Hours

Our tasting room is open everyday between the hours of 11am and 4pm.

Address

6555 N.E. Hilltop Lane
Dayton, Oregon 97114
United States

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