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Domaine Serene, Dayton

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Grace and Ken Evenstad first arrived and settled in the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley in 1989. At that time, the couple had spent over 20 years together in Minnesota building a successful business, a loving family, and a deep appreciation for the wines of Burgundy. The Evenstads had faith in Oregon early on, before there was a national market for domestic Pinot Noir. When the time came to pursue their longtime dream of growing and producing world class Pinot Noir, they invested in a 42 acre hilltop estate that had just been logged in the beautiful Dundee Hills of Oregon. With the support of their family - and to the surprise of many of their friends in Minnesota – the Evenstads established Domaine Serene, effectively creating Oregon’s luxury wine industry. They named the winery after their daughter, Serene, and their first vineyard on the estate was named after their son, Mark Bradford Evenstad.

Today, Domaine Serene produces Pinot Noir from six vineyard estates, spanning three Willamette Valley AVAs, and Chardonnay solely from high elevations in the Dundee Hills. In 2001, the Evenstads completed construction of the picturesque, state-of-the art, five-level, gravity flow winery specifically designed to make world class Pinot Noir. Their sustainable vineyard management and winemaking practices are intended to maximize the quality of the wines and to ensure complex, balanced and elegant wines that are age-worthy. Since the first vintage in 1990, Domaine Serene has produced award winning wines, including Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, recognized as the World’s #3 Wine of 2013 by Wine Spectator Magazine. Through the continuous pursuit of quality and innovation, Domaine Serene has garnered global recognition as an iconic quality leader of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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  • We had a lovely experience at this beautiful winery. Because it was an "off day and hour" we were able to sit in front of a fireplace which only enhanced the loveliness of the property. The wine was.....  more
    We had a lovely experience at this beautiful winery. Because it was an "off day and hour" we were able to sit in front of a fireplace which only enhanced the loveliness of the property. The wine was.....  more »
  • We visited Sunday May 1st 2022. They're pretty proud of having some of the best wine in the world and they've won a TON of awards. Yes indeedy, they have some amazing wine. For the beautiful grounds, stellar wine, and exceptional service, they deserve 5 stars. But... It's stuffy. Pretentious. Stiff. The absolute opposite of chill. - 1 "star" for just not being as enjoyable as it should've been for how "great" it's purported to be. You should know this before making a rez and heading there to drop $100 - $1000 on tastings and wine. It's just not for everyone. There are so many other wineries we've been to that are just as beautiful/great service/great wine that just do it less over-the-top. I'm not discouraging anyone from going here, but if you're wearing $100 jeans and Danners, you may feel out of place. In fact, I WAS wearing $100 jeans and Danners and my wife was wearing $60 jeans and Danner hiking boots LOL $400 jeans and $900 shoes are more the vibe here. We're not poor, but we just aren't fancy folks or fancy dressers. They won't sneer at you no matter what you're wearing, but YOU may feel awkward and unable to relax like us - because it's just SO not laid back here. You were warned. If you've got an X5 or Cayenne and actually own "driving loafers" - and perhaps one or both of you wear a silk scarf in a non-ironic manner, you'll definitely fit in here. Bonus points for rolling up in a late model Range Rover and wearing a $4k leather jacket from Mario's. YOU are who will appreciate this place ; ) We go to wine country to chill and enjoy the "country" part of wine country and this place is like stepping into France. Which I guess is what they were going "our bad" for not reading the writing on the wall (website). Also, not the end of the world, but perhaps worth knowing: We clearly communicated we were bringing our DOG and showed up and "surprised" the young ladies at the front desk with our 11 pound chihuahua in tow (in his stroller, at that). He comes with us everywhere and yes I checked previously to make sure he was okay to accompany us on the patio (where we'd prefer to sit whether we "had to" or not). "Our patio isn't open", they exclaimed. Well, I guess you should've said that in your email reply before we drove 4 hours down from Seattle! Also, it's now May. The sun's out, it's 68 degrees, WHY is the patio not open? Not everyone wants to sit inside, especially when the sun is beaming down - not to mention there IS still Covid going around and we weren't comfortable sitting inside. Thankfully, the tastings are pretty spread out (thanks to their reservation process), so no one was breathing down our neck (except the unmasked somm...). Sitting on the patio facing the sun and vines would've completely changed the experience for us, and is what we were expecting. Wish the reservation girl(s) would've replied and told us the patio wasn't open; we would've gone anywhere else. Anyway, we were eventually accommodated in the main tasting room (I don't think they normally allow dogs inside, so call before if they don't have that patio furniture out of storage soon) and the wine and cheese was delicious, but the overall experience was just so stuffy and pretentious that we barely enjoyed ourselves. Just a weird, solemn mood/vibe in there, despite the gorgeous building and amazing wine. Everyone was being quiet - SO quiet. It might've been because the acoustics were so that you could hear a pin drop across the room. You feel like you can't have a private conversation without literally whispering. If you're super fancaayyy, you may like it, but there's so many other great wineries to find, we won't be back. There's nothing wrong with this place, in fact I'd say to most: "don't miss it". The wines ARE great and lots of people ARE fancaayyy. WE'RE just not those people, so we'll keep on visiting chiller places like Stoller, Brooks, Van Duzer, Sokol Blosser etc - and also exploring other, smaller wineries who need our money more and also make great wine.
  • World class winery and wines! A must - make reservations and enjoy! We went today and it was Smokey outside but normally incredible views.

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