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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/.