The Wine Studies program at Chemeketa Community College has an 8-acre vineyard and a fully functioning estate teaching winery on premise. Each sip of wine from Chemeketa Cellars represents the hands-on training that happens here.Chemeketa Cellars is Experimental
Each batch of Chemeketa Cellars wine provides a lesson for our student winemakers. Winemaking is one of the oldest trades in the world which means there is much to learn over a lifetime of practice. All classes taught and wines produced at Chemeketa Cellars are done under the tutelage of professional wine instructors.Chemeketa Cellars is Exclusive
Every student is different and so is every class. Each class has the autonomy to choose its winemaking direction. Experimentation is encouraged and stewarded by our winemaking instructor into each vintage of Chemeketa Cellars wine. All of the wines are limited-edition vintages and bottled in small quantities. Every class contributes a new edition to the Chemeketa Cellars wine portfolio.Chemeketa Cellars is Environmentally Conscious
Terroir is a term people often hear when discussing wine, but what does it mean? Terroir is a French term that, literally translated, means soil or earth. The concept of terroir on a broader level includes all of the environmental aspects that affect a wine including climate, topography, soil, and farming practices. Each of these aspects imparts a certain flavor or characteristic into wine. For this reason, Chemeketa Cellars and the Wine Studies program take time to provide TLC to the vineyard and winery. One way that Chemeketa Cellars ensures it is doing its best for sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices is to secure LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) certification. LIVE is headquartered at the Northwest Wine Studies Center, further solidifying the Center's commitment to continuing environmental education and advocacy.Chemeketa Cellars is Eventful
A bustling winery. Classrooms and labs full of students. Industry meetings. Wine club events. One thing's for certain—Chemeketa Cellars has a lot going on. Sign up for Chemeketa Cellars' Wine Club to keep tabs on all of the events taking place at Oregon's innovative student-operated winery.
The Northwest Wine Studies Center is a leading wine industry resource that provides continuing education and degree programs in all aspects of wine, from grape to glass. The center emphasizes strong alliances with the Northwest wine industry, associated educational institutions, and the community. The Center is located in Salem, Oregon, on the Eola campus of Chemeketa Community College. Salem is the state capital and is centrally located in the middle of state’s largest AVA, the Willamette Valley.
The Northwest Wine Studies Center is the home of Chemeketa Cellars, the student run winery of the Wine Studies program at Chemeketa Community College. The Center houses the Tasting Room for Chemeketa Cellars, and is open to the public for tours, tasting and wine sales. When the Center is not in use for educational purposes, the contemporary design and majestic views make its conference space a popular private event venue.
A visit to the Chemeketa Cellars tasting room is the best way to experience our student-made wines. Students of the Wine Studies program operate the tasting room, offer tours, and share their knowledge about each of the wines currently being poured. It is a great opportunity to interact with the winemakers to learn about their studies and what influences their decision to make wine in Oregon. Bring your friends and family and share in the bounty of the Willamette Valley with us!
The Chemeketa Cellars Tasting Room is currently open on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm or by appointment. The tasting room has six wines for tasting and purchase, including pinot noir, gamay noir, rose, pinot blanc, pinot gris, and chardonnay. During regular tasting room hours, the tasting fee is $10, refundable with the purchase of a bottle. For groups who would like to visit outside of regular hours, please call contact Chemeketa Cellars at 503.584.7256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tasting Room Hours
Wednesdays 4-7 pm or by appointment.
Please note: The tasting room will be closed on November 21, December 26, January 2, March 27, and May 1.
Traditionally, Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay in the Beaujolais region of France to celebrate the end of harvest. Nouveau is released on the third Thursday of November every year. Please join us for this free event, where you can taste and learn more about Nouveau wines being produced in Oregon. Along with free tastings, we will have a selection of food items available for purchase and Nouveau wine for sale by the glass.
This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Megan Jensen at 503.584.7256 or email@example.com by November 10.