Springhill Cellars is close to my heart (and home) in Albany, Oregon. It’s a small family winery that’s been producing wine since 1988 from their estate grapes grown on site as well as 12 acres in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.
Mike and Karen McLain are the proprietors and couldn’t be more inviting or friendly. They are currently offering premium Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris, a Pinot Noir Rose and a Port.
A visit to Springhill is NOT highlighted by a castle like winery building filled with pretentious people and a better-than-thou attitude. What you WILL love are great wines, relaxed attitudes and a wonderful view from the patio as you enjoy a glass or even a bottle or two with friends.
Here’s what you really won’t expect after visiting other Willamette Valley wineries, the prices! Mike’s 2008 Pinot Noir sells for $12.00 a bottle, easily as good as varieties priced 3-5x as much in the area. His 2009 Pinot Noir is $16.00 a bottle. He does offer glass pours and tastings are free. They are open Saturday and Sundays 1-5:00pm from May through November.
I couldn’t think of a better subject to be our first winery review than Springhill. Does it really get any better than great people, great wine and a relaxed atmosphere? I think not. If you’d enjoy visiting, you can check out their website at http://www.springhillcellars.com/.