Archive for July, 2012

Tasting Room

July 28th, 2012 by Nicolette Bailey

Summer is here, the wines are lip-smacking great, and we now have an expansive new deck to enjoy our wines, the views, and acoustical music on Thursday from 5:30 to 8:00. The tasting room is open from 11 to 5 every day, and we continue to see new people every day.  Being a little further south than most tasting rooms in the Willamette Valley, we offer a relaxed atmosphere where you will be treated to a tasting by the winemaker himself.  Wayne loves to share stories and information about the wines that add another dimension to the tasting, and if you want to be seated out on the deck and enjoy the views, he will be happy to pour outside.

We continue to welcome guests from all over the world, as well as Boston, Washington DC, New York, Minneapolis, Colorado, Atlanta and others.  We love to hear stories of how our guests first discovered Oregon Pinot Noir, and why they wanted to come to Oregon to taste it in person. They are typically well-traveled and have been to many other wine regions of the world, but find something special in a glass of Pinot Noir from our beloved region.

Our tasting guests enjoy learning more about the growing of the grapes, wine making, and all that goes on at Youngberg Hill.  They often request vineyard tours or a barrel tasting to learn more about their favorite wine. We enjoy educating them on everything from geology of the valley, to fruit thinning, to fermentation.  Getting the back story enriches the whole experience.

As things heat up, our cool crisp whites are a nice addition to the flight of wines you will enjoy on the Hill.  So come join us on the deck, watch the busy birds, the not-so-busy cows, and the beautiful backdrop of mountains as you sip the wines and savor the afternoon.



Artful Giving Concert

July 22nd, 2012 by Nicolette Bailey

The 2nd Annual Artful Giving Blanket Concert that will benefit the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is taking place this Saturday, July 28th.  The Soulful Giving Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on cancer research, is hosting the event.  Oregon business icon Junki Yoshida and his family were inspired to create the Soulful Giving foundation after suffering the loss of family, friends and business associates to the often deadly disease of cancer.

Ticket holders will enjoy an afternoon of Northwest art displays, great music, select wines and gourmet food. Spread your blanket under the trees on the beautiful Yoshida Estate along the scenic Sandy River in Troutdale.  Jordan Bailey, our 9-year-old daughter, will be opening the evening’s musical entertainment with the National Anthem at 1:30PM.  We look forward to having your support for Jordan and this wonderful cause.

The concert runs from 1 pm to 8:30 pm on July 28th, and general admission tickets are still available.  For tickets call 503-731-3729 and for more information visit

One hundred percent of the profits from the concert benefit the Randall Children’s Hospital, to help them continue their good work.  








July 21st, 2012 by Nicolette Bailey

This a very exciting, anxious, and busy time in the Youngberg Hill vineyard!

Exciting because we are at bloom, meaning the flowers are blooming on the vines and will begin self-pollinating. The bloom is a very fine follicle-like flower that is hardly visible from more than a couple of feet away.

Anxious because as pollination occurs, the beginning of fruit set starts. Fruit set is the process of each flower transforming into a grape. It is an anxious time because this process determines much of what the potential yield will be, and the quality level of the fruit. Weather is particularly important at this stage, as we do not want a lot of rain or wind that may shatter flowers and reduce fruit set.

And busy because the vines are growing an inch a day right now, generating a lot of foliage to provide the leaves necessary for photosynthesis. Because of this growth, we are constantly in the vineyard straightening by hand the fast growing shoots, so that they do not overlap and entangle each other, which would reduce photosynthesis and provide a breeding ground for unwanted mildew. We re-position these shoots by installing catch wires to hold the vines in place.

In the meantime, we are also on the tractor plowing under cover crop (to reduce the competition for water), cultivating between the plants (to eliminate weeds and water competition), mowing, and spraying as needed (to protect the new vulnerable growth.)

We will be discussing these and other farming practices as they relate to our holistic farming approach at our upcoming seminar on July 26 from 2:30 to 5:00 here at Youngberg Hill.  We’d love for you to join us!



Wedding Fun!

July 7th, 2012 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon Bride Magazine  recently voted Youngberg Hill as the Best All-Inclusive Venue and Best Oregon Destination Wedding Site Statewide for 2012.  We have been honored and humbled to win such recognition in an industry where family-owned locations don’t always garner as much attention as the large corporate venues.  We have been doing weddings at Youngberg Hill for the past eight years and enjoy being part of a couple’s “new beginnings”.  While the images of the bride and the vineyard countryside will take your breath away, it’s our goal to otherwise have everyone breathing easier during a wedding at Youngberg Hill.

There are many components to a successful wedding, and finding the right location is key.  Our spectacular 360 view, the vineyard backdrop and complete outdoor venue all come together to make Youngberg Hill a stunning setting for the perfect wedding.

Like a lot of weddings, those on the Hill have their share of unexpected moments – from the flower girls and ring bearers that make everyone laugh; to the mother-of-the-bride who was asked to hold a glass of wine for a unity ceremony but drank it instead; to an NBA cheerleader’s breakout dance performance!  Other moments, though expected, still draw the emotions to the surface – such as the look of happiness in the faces the newly married couple.  Very few things can top that!

To all of you who voted for us, thank you so much.  It means a lot to us to know that we are a part of so many brides’ happy memories of their special day.  Here’s to love!