Columbia Willamette Enological Society
​Great Wine and Food Events in SW WA & Portland

                                   Next Programsetina Logo]
Vista Hills Vineyard
Dundee, Oregon​

May 9, 2018
E. B. Hamilton Hall
Fort Vancouver National Site
​Vancouver WA

​​By dedicating ourselves to farming practices of the highest rigor and following the whims of this Jory-dominated vineyard, we believe we are growing fruit that means something.​​

Our 42-acre, LIVE certified sustainable vineyard rests atop the storied Dundee Hills in Dayton, Ore. We are nestled between Domaine Serene to the East and stunning Valley views to the West, thirty-five miles southwest of Portland. Our vines occupy some of the most sought-after terrain in the region.

The resident Jory soil is brick-red in color and dense with nutrients. Its exceptional draining capacity is ideal for the area’s many wet months. While half of our acreage is used for the Vista Hills label, the remaining fruit is sold to a host of local producers including Dobbes Estate, Soter, White Rose Wines and Elizabeth Chambers Cellar.

In 1995, twenty acres and an old farmhouse at the summit of the Dundee Hills was just what John and Nancy McClintock needed to plant a small block of Pinot Gris and begin Vista Hills Vineyard. Today, our 42 acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are LIVE certified, utilize a hearty set of innovative farming techniques and produce grapes for our much extolled Estate wines.

The McClintocks have an established past of rallying people behind a common vision. Soon after John served as a marine pilot in the 1960s and 1970s, he and Nancy undertook a successful residential development business that emphasized the preservation of the natural surroundings of its projects. This idea—that nature could thrive alongside development—met its test here in the vineyard and, after each farmhand and staff member undertook a commitment to the land, is now validated by the lush, wild countryside that is our world renowned vineyard.

As the McClintocks incrementally gained knowledge in the vineyard and improved on each vintage, they realized they could pass on their lifetime of experience and bolster the success of the next generation of students, too. It was with this in mind that they established the Clint Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides a helping hand to students who are working while also attending college. Able to improve the chances of success for over fifty students at 15 colleges each year, the Clint Foundation is the actualization of the desire to give back.

Wines for the May 9 program:

We will enjoy some of the finest pinot noir and pinot gris grown in Oregon.  

2017 Pinot Gris (welcome wine) 

2016 Rose' of Pinot Gris  John & Nancy McClintock planted the first vines in 1997, and today that Old Block D produces estate Pinot gris with full tropical flavors and a very substantial finish. This is not your average white wine.

2015 Tree House Pinot Noir   17 months in French oak with an arrestingly toasty scent and flavor, it shows pretty red fruit and is pleasantly appealing.

2016 Survivor Pinot Noir  The latest estate Pinot noir in our lineup, the Survivor was originally made in 2008 from fruit that survived a vole infestation in the vineyard.

2015 Tusculum Pinot Noir  The 2015 Tusculum spent 25 months in neutral oak, the longest barrel time of our 2015 vintage. This wine is created with destemmed fruit from Block B, our slowest-ripening block in the vineyard. Because the fruit in Block B tends to be smaller, this wine had more skin contact, resulting in notes of ripe cherry, cola, and chocolate.

2015 Heritage Pinot Noir (Gold Label)  Our favorite eight barrels from the 2015 vintage, the Heritage showcases our Vista Hills Blocks A and C (Dijon clones 114 and 777). This reserve-quality wine shows complex floral notes and a ruby-red color.

2017 Fool’s Gold Blanc de Noir (Gold Label)  Watermelon rind and strawberry show through in this 2017 vintage of our Fool's Gold blanc de noir. Pressed immediately, allowing no skin time, this wine was fermented with a champagne yeast and has no residual sugar.

Program Food Bites:
Fool’s Gold Blanc De Noir
Rosé of Pinot Gris
Smoked Mozzarella with Grilled Avocado
 Survivor Pinot Noir
Eggplant Roulade with Ricotta and Sauce Marinara
 Tusculum Pinot Noir
Tree House Pinot Noir
Chorizo Terrine with Fennel Slaw
Heritage Pinot Noir
Cured Northwest Halibut with Gaufritte Potato Wakami Salad

 Learn more at
To reserve space, please send email to:


Be sure to list the name of each attendee and the event you wish to attend.

You can call Steve and Ktherine Shelton at 360-696-4498 to make reservations.

​See you there!  Cheers!

​Not yet a CWES member? Click here to join us!
Reserve Space