Visitors to Belle Fiore Winery, Estate & Vineyard in Ashland will first cast their eyes on a 20,000-square-foot, Italian-style building that houses a vaulted tasting room, enviable winemaking and storage space, and a second-story ballroom larger than the Ashland Spring Hotel’s.
From the so-called Wine Pavilion’s expansive windows and decks, wine appreciators and lookyloos will have views of Pompadour Bluff and, stretched in front of them, 35 acres of pampered grapevines.
They may recognize pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc, which have a history in Southern Oregon. Also planted but rare here are Italian reds montepulciano and teroldego and whites coda di volpe and fiano.
For more information: Belle Fiore Winery, Estate & Vineyard is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tastings of four to five wines are $7 to $15. Bottles of wine are $18 to $27. After Saturday and Sunday’s opening weekend, wine will be available by the glass at the tasting room, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road (to be renamed to 100 Belle Fiore Lane), Ashland. For more information, 541-488-9765 or www.bellefiorewine.com
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