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Chemeketa Cellars

Chemeketa Cellars Winery and Tasting Room
Chemeketa Cellars is Educational

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.

Wine Studies Program
Wine Studies at Chemeketa offers a hands-on continuing education and degree program focusing on all aspects of wine from grape to glass. Our own on-site, 8-acre vineyard and winery provide students an opportunity to learn the depth and breadth of vineyard management and winemaking – from the growing of the grape to harvesting, chemistry, production, and the selling of the wine. The Wine Studies program is located at The Northwest Wine Studies Center, which is a leading wine industry resource emphasizing strong alliances with the Northwest wine industry. It is also home to the tasting room for Chemeketa Cellars.

Visit Chemeketa Community College's Wine Studies program for more information.
Northwest Wine Studies Center

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.

Chemeketa Cellars
Tasting Room

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 tastings@chemeketacellars.com.

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. 

Wine List:
2016 Pinot Blanc
2016 Viognier
2016 Chardonnay
2016 Pinot Gris
2016 Pinot Gris (Experimental)
2017 Rosé
2014 Pinot Noir
2017 Gamay Noir

Chemeketa Cellars Wine Club
Chemeketa Cellars announces the launch of the new Chemeketa Cellars Wine Club! For the first time since the opening of the Northwest Wine Studies Center in 1999, the student-maintained vineyard and student-operated winery are officially opening their doors to the  public. Every wine made at Chemeketa Cellars is made in small quantities, with each graduating class of students producing their own wine. Why is that important? Because every wine made at Chemeketa Cellars is produced in limited quantities and only available for short time. In the past, you had to be in the know in order to snag a few bottles for your cellar. With the introduction of the Chemeketa Cellars Wine Club, members will have the opportunity to receive a fall, winter and spring pick-up of four wines each, be the first to receive new releases, and receive discounts on tasting room purchases. To sign up for the wine club, please contact Chemeketa Cellars at 503.584.7256 or contact@chemeketacellars.com.

Fall Wine Club Pick-Up
The fall pick-up will take place the week of November 12, 2018. Wine club members can pick up wine during tasting room hours on Wednesday, November 14, or at our Nouveau release event on Thursday, November 15. The fall wine club package is $80 and will include:
  • 2016 Viognier
  • 2016 Pinot Gris, experimental
  • 2017 Gamay Noir
  • 2009 Blanc de Noir sparkling wine (a new release available initially only to wine club members!)
If you would like to receive the fall Wine Club package, please contact Chemeketa Cellars at 503.584.7256 or contact@chemeketacellars.com by November 10. 
Chemeketa Cellars Events
2018 Nouveau Release
November 15, 2018
5-7 pm
The Chemeketa Wine Studies program invites you to join Chemeketa Cellars and other Oregon wineries producing Nouveau at our 2018 Nouveau release party!

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 here by November 11, 2018.

Holiday Wine Sale

Stock up for the holidays! Between now and December 19, get 30% off a mixed case of reds, rosé and whites and $15 off a pinot noir 3-pack (with a bonus Chemeketa Cellars bottle opener!)

Mixed Case - $140
2014 Pinot Noir (1)
2017 Gamay Noir (1)
2016 Pinot Gris (2)
2017 Ruby Rosé (2)
2016 Pinot Blanc (2)
2016 Viognier (2)
2016 Chardonnay (2)

Pinot Pack - $55
2014 Pinot Noir
2015 Pinot Noir
2016 Pinot Noir
+ Chemeketa Cellars wine bottle opener
 
To order, contact Chemeketa Cellars at contact@chemeketacellars.com or 503.584.7256.

Tasting Room Hours
Wednesdays
4-7 pm
Join us on Wednesdays at the Chemeketa Cellars tasting room! For a $10 tasting fee (refundable with the purchase of a bottle), you can taste a flight of student-made wines served to you by current Wine Studies students, as well as purchase wine by the glass, bottle and case.

Wine List
2016 Pinot Blanc
2016 Viognier
 2016 Chardonnay
 2016 Pinot Gris
 2016 Pinot Gris (Experimental)
2017 Rosé
 2014 Pinot Noir
 2017 Gamay Noir


You can also sign up for the Chemeketa Cellars newsletter here
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Donation Request
The Wine Studies program believes in giving back to our community and welcomes requests for donations. If you are interested in a donation from Chemeketa Cellars, please complete the contact form with details about your request. As the number of requests outweighs the quantity of available wine, requests are evaluated based on the level of educational, economic, and philanthropic benefit they provide to the community.  Please describe how your organization and the community would benefit from a Chemeketa Cellars donation. Successful donation requests focus on the educational and economic impact the donation would provide to the local community, educational entities and/or Oregon agriculture and the wine industry.
Chemeketa Cellars Newsletter
Would you like to receive regular updates about the happenings at Chemeketa Cellars? Sign up here to receive newsletters about events, new releases, specials, learning opportunities and winery updates.

Wine Studies Alumni Group

Calling all Wine Studies alumni! Stay in touch and let us know what you're up to! We would love to highlight the vineyards and wineries where alumni  are working with our visitors at the Chemeketa Cellars tasting room, as well as send you occasional newsletters and invitations to special alumni events at Chemeketa Eola. Sign up here to join the Wine Studies alumni group. We look forward to hearing from you!
Contact Us
Questions? Whether it's about scheduling a tasting room appointment, signing up for wine club, attending one of our events or something else entirely—drop us a line! We'd love to hear from you. Please use the email links below or call us directly. We look forward to connecting with you soon.
Chemeketa Cellars

contact@chemeketacellars.com
donations@chemeketacellars.com

503.584.7256
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Salem, Oregon 97304


Eola Facility Rental
To schedule a meetings or event at Eola, please contact Chemeketa Event Services at 503.385.7272 or 
eolaevents@chemeketa.edu