Duck Pond Cellars

Duck Pond Cellars Wine Lifestyle

About

Duck Pond’s beautiful tasting room and marketplace offer our guests the opportunity to sample our fine wines and shop for unique gifts and gourmet Northwest products. We offer a rotating selection of wines for complimentary tasting; an additional offering of reserve-style and limited production wines are also available for a nominal fee (complimentary for Wine Club members). Mixed and full case discounts are available on wine purchases. Our marketplace offers many unique products including wine racks and totes, original artwork, hand painted pottery, gourmet cooking products, stemware, cookbooks and linens. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to aid in the selection of gift items for you or another connoisseur in your life.

Location Description

Conveniently located on Hwy 99W, we are situated at the north end of the Willamette Valley.

Features

  • One of the larger wine producers in Oregon.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 18

Winemaker

Mark Chargin received his Bachelor of Science in Fruit Science from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo. He joined the Duck Pond team in 2005 as assistant winemaker under then-winemaker Greg Fries and was promoted to winemaker in 2007. Prior to joining our team, Mark was assistant winemaker for Golden State Vintners in Monterey County and assistant winemaker at Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard and Winery in Santa Barbara County. He also worked in the cellar at Kirigin Cellars in Santa Clara County.

History

Despite its status as one of the larger wine producers in Oregon, Duck Pond Cellars remains small at heart and is a family-owned winery through and through. Originally from California’s Central Valley, lifelong farmers Doug and Jo Ann Fries moved their young family to the small Central Oregon town of Sunriver in the early 1980s. In 1984, they purchased property along the banks of the Willamette River in Dundee, Oregon, where they planted a 500-acre hazelnut orchard. As devoted wine aficionados, they also planted a small 13-acre vineyard with the hopes of producing a few hundred cases of their own wine.

In 1990 son Greg Fries began college at UC Davis with the intent to study agribusiness. An elective course in enology sparked a new interest, though, and he changed his focus to learn the art and skills of winemaking. As daughter Lisa neared her own college graduation, the four family members crafted a plan to begin their own small winery in Dundee. On Memorial Day Weekend of 1993, Duck Pond Cellars opened its doors to the public for the first time, named in honor of the family home on Sunriver’s Duck Pond Lane. The initial offerings totaled around 1,000 cases, which were mostly hand sold by the family to their tasting room customers.

In the early to mid-90s, the family continued acquiring land throughout the Northwest that they felt would be suitable for vineyards. Wishing to try their hand at warmer-climate varietals, they purchased a large parcel on Eastern Washington’s Wahluke Slope where they planted a wide variety of grapes including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Dubbed Desert Wind Vineyard, the vineyard has supplied fruit for Duck Pond wines, as well as the family’s Washington State brand, Desert Wind, launched in 2001 to showcase the exceptional fruit from the vineyard.

In Oregon, the family has focused exclusively on Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Their plantings include a total of five vineyards in the Willamette Valley--Hylo, Delaney, St. Jory, Willow Creek, and the Duck Pond Estate Vineyard. All of these vineyards were planted between 1991 and 2003.

Their most recent purchase was a large plot of land in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, which they call Coles Valley Vineyard. Formerly in pasture, the acreage was planted to a variety of Pinot Noir clones between 2009 and 2012. The cuttings for the vineyard were hand-grafted and readied for planting in four greenhouses on the Hylo Vineyard.

The Team

Doug & Jo Ann Fries:

Hailing from California’s Central Valley, founders Doug & Jo Ann Fries were high school sweethearts who’ve now been married nearly five decades.

A third-generation farmer, Doug has spent most of his life farming crops, growing everything from cotton and tomatoes to hazelnuts and wine grapes. After moving to Oregon in the early '80s, his winemaking hobby quickly grew into something bigger when he and Jo Ann planted their own small vineyard.

Jo Ann received her BS from Fresno State University and spent her early career as a lab technician at Fresno Comminity Hospital, eventually heading up the nuclear lab's diagnostic product development. After beginning a family, she took over the bookkeeping and payroll for Doug's father's farm while also keeping home and raising their three children.

Although Doug and Jo Ann say they are semi-retired, they can often be found putting in some of the longest hours of anyone, especially during harvest. They enjoy golf and divide their time between Arizona, eastern Washington, Portland and their family home in Sunriver, Oregon.

Greg & Amber Fries:

Greg Fries was already enrolled at UC Davis when he and his family first crafted the plans for the small winery that would become Duck Pond Cellars. He switched his focus of study from agribusiness to enology and the rest is history. In 1994, Greg graduated and went straight to work at Duck Pond, taking over as head winemaker in 1995 at the age of only 23. Today Greg is the company's president; he oversees the winemaking and has taken on an active role in the management of the family’s vineyards and other winery, Desert Wind Winery.

In early 2000, Amber (Loeffelbein) Fries was completing her senior year at Linfield College when she took a part-time job in Duck Pond’s tasting room. She immediately fell in love with the wine industry, and a few years later, with then-winemaker Greg Fries. In 2004, she completed her sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild; that summer she and Greg wed at the family’s St. Jory Vineyard. Today she puts her English and Communications degree to use at the family business, serving as director of communications.

Greg and Amber reside in Portland and welcomed their son, Elliott, in 2012.

Erin Fries:

An Oregon native, Doug & Jo Ann’s daughter-in-law Erin has worked at Duck Pond since 1997. As in most family businesses, she does a little bit of everything, but she serves as the Tasting Room Director, acting as buyer and display coordinator for Duck Pond’s gift shop.

She and sons Beck and Sam reside in Newberg, OR.

Scott & Lisa Jenkins:

Lisa (Fries) Jenkins had just completed college at the University of Oregon when she and her family opened Duck Pond Cellars. She spent many long hours working in the tasting room and out in the market, selling wine to wine shops, restaurants and stores. Today she serves as Duck Pond’s vice president and oversees the operations at the family’s two wineries.

Scott Jenkins was working in the residential real estate business when he met Lisa; he joined the family business full time when they married in 1996. Scott’s outgoing personality made him a good fit for wine sales; together he and Lisa expanded Duck Pond’s sales nationally and eventually internationally. Today Scott oversees a wide network of distributors in most US states and dozens of international markets.

Scott and Lisa reside in Dundee with their two sons, Ross and Aiden, four horses and a lot of Labradoodles.

Kathy Wildman - Wine Club Manager:

Kathy came on board in May 2008 and is the main point of contact for Duck Pond's large and lively group of wine club members. She and husband Mike live on a beautiful farm near Amity where they tend crops and care for their Great Dane.

I was born in: Wausau, WI

When I'm not at work, you'll find me: Cooking, reading food magazines and cookbooks, and experimenting with our new wood-burning pizza oven, built by my husband, Mike.

What I like best about Northwest wines: That the same varietal can taste so different depending on what region or appellation it comes from. And the amazing creativity of the winemakers.

I really love this Duck Pond wine: 'Jory Cuvee' Pinot Noir

My favorite drink besides wine: Bourbon – I’m aging my own in a small barrel.

Something most people don't know about me is: I love old movies. Paul Newman, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Katharine and Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman are some of my favorite actors.

Melissa Columbus - Tasting Room Manager

Melissa joined the Duck Pond team in June 2005 and has been on the go ever since. In addition to managing the tasting room staff, she schedules tours and group tastings at Duck Pond throughout the year.

I was born in: Salem, OR

When I'm not at work, you'll find me: Spending time with my two beautiful daughters.

Something that's always in my fridge at home: Coconut water, fruit and veggies

I really love this Duck Pond wine: Port

My favorite drink besides wine: Flavored sparking water

A unique food and wine pairing I love is: Sangiovese and a chocolate cupcake.

A memorable place I've traveled: San Diego...it was our first family road trip.

Lauren Moreland - Executive Assistant:

Lauren joined the Duck Pond team in January of 2012 and handles a variety of administrative tasks to help the sales team. She and husband Jon live in a quaint house in McMinnville, along with their husky Odin.

I was born in: Harrisonville, MO

When I'm not at work, you'll find me: Making dinner, watching a movie, trying to crochet, out for a run or at the gym

What I like best about Northwest wines: I like Northwest wines best because they were my introduction to the wine world.

Something that's always in my fridge at home: Milk

I really love this Duck Pond wine: Pinot Gris

A unique food and wine pairing I love is: Popcorn and Cabernet Sauvignon

Mindy Stovey - Accountant and Sales Analyst:

Mindy came on board in September 2013 to help with all things accounting as well as sales forecasting and budgeting. She loves to organize and analyze data, but finds plenty of time for creativity in her life outside work.

I was born in: Forest Grove, OR

When I'm not at work, you'll find me: Studying and performing the exquisite art of belly dance, dressing up and attending Renaissance Faires, designing and creating costumes, playing the Derbakki, and having wine and board game parties with friends. And I do most of these things with my cat Avi sitting on my shoulder.

Something that's always in my fridge at home: Raw cheese and kale

What I love about my job: I love the complexities of winery accounting, but I also love the people. The people I work with are amazing, and being a part of the wine community makes me feel like I have reunited with long-lost friends.

A unique food and wine pairing I love is: Kale chips with Chardonnay.

Mike Fetch - Northwest Sales Manager:

After selling Duck Pond for nearly 10 years on the distribution side, Mike came to work for the winery in September 2013. He oversees Duck Pond wine sales throughout the Northwest, and resides in McMinnville with his wife (who was also his high school sweetheart) and their two daughters.

I was born in: McMinnville, OR

When I'm not at work, you'll find me: Coaching youth soccer and basketball year-round.

Something that's always in my fridge at home: Hot sauce. Sriracha, Tapitio, Tabasco, green sauce, red sauce and sauce with no name. I use it on almost anything.

What I love about my job: People. From the people I work with to the random people I meet in the hotel bar on my travels, I’ve met a lot of fun and interesting people.

I really love this Duck Pond wine: Pinot Gris. It's always crisp and refreshing and has a great balance of fruit and acidity.

My favorite drink besides wine: Gin and tonic. There's a plethora of gins out there and I like what each style has to bring. From London Dry to Genever, there is always a gin for the season.

Practices & Techniques

Since its inception in 1993, Duck Pond has been committed to supporting organizations which seek to benefit the surrounding community through wine donations and charitable contributions.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Originally planted in Chardonnay in 1992, the 12-acre estate vineyard surrounds Duck Pond's Dundee, Oregon, winery and tasting room. In addition to allowing our winery visitors an up-close look at a working vineyard, its gentle east-southeast slope is ideal for growing vinifera grapes. Originally planted in Chardonnay, the Fries family replanted the site to Pinot noir clones (Pommard, 115, 777 and Mariafeld) in 2000.

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Hours

Open daily 11-5; groups & tours by appointment

Address

23145 Oregon 99W
Dundee, Oregon 97115
United States

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