“Welcome to our newest adventure,” says Paula Campbell Brown, opening the front door to Dana Campbell Vineyards’ new tasting room on the north side of Interstate 5 in Ashland, Oregon.
Inside, a wall of windows frame rows of tidy vineyard trellises, Mount Ashland and endless sky. Like a viewing deck at a national park, visitors can peer through a telescope and see downtown Ashland, which is two miles away.
“We’re telling people to come see the other side of Ashland,” says Brown, wearing a denim shirt with a Dana Campbell Vineyards logo, and standing next to her husband, Patrick Dana Flannery.
Or they gather around the freestanding fireplace in the center of the room with a $7 glass of 2010 Vionillo, a very unusual wine made by fermenting white viognier with red tempranillo grapes.
Or they venture outside, where cows graze in a nearby field and ducks and geese circle a pond-like bioswale installed to keep an overflow of water away from the vines.
By spring, Brown and Flannery plan to add a concrete patio with tables and chairs, a secluded area with benches for what Brown calls “the third-date section” and a bocce court, since, “You can’t just drink wine all day,” she says.
For more information: Dana Campbell Vineyards’ tasting room at 1320 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland is open noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays with private tastings by appointment. For more information: 541-482-3798, danacampbellvineyards.com
Read the complete story, see a photo gallery and watch a video of Dana Campbell Vineyards in the Ashland Daily Tidings: http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130208/NEWS02/302080303