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Oregon Old Vine Gamay

Lost in the Shuffle

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In the early days of Oregon's wine industry, people grew everything. From Auxerrois to Zinfandel, growers tried them all. Success varied from spectacular to not so much.

One of the most successful experiments was Gamay noir, a varietal famously grown in Beaujolais. But in the days when Oregon wine was completely unknown outside the state, winemakers focused on the more popular and profitable Pinot noir. Most of Oregon's Gamay vines were pulled out by the end of the 1990's. Today, a few Oregon wineries grow and make highly regarded Gamay noir from several small blocks of grapes.

The oldest block of Gamay noir is located at Seven Springs Vineyard. Evening Land, the new owners of the vineyard, have improved its health and produced two fascinating and delicious Gamay based wines.

Something different from Oregon - and well worth trying!

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Evening Land Vineyards
Gamay noir 09 $19.94


any 12 bottles

See all Evening Land Wines

Great weight. Fresh, crushed raspberries are shaded with dark cherries and cracked pepper in a juicy wine with great weight.

100% whole clusters, handled traditionally. - Marcus

From the Oldest Gamay noir vines in the Willamette Valley, planted in 1983. Evening Land's Gamay is inspired by the great Crus of Beaujolais like Morgon and Mouline-a-Vent. Only 300 cases produced.

Evening Land Vineyards
Celebration Les Gamines 09 $24.95


any 12 bottles

See all Evening Land Wines

Raspberry cream and flowers open to darker, broader palate and finish, still showcasing the peppery nature of the Gamay and the silkiness of the Pinot. You could drink this for breakfast. - Marcus

60% Gamay noir and 40% Pinot noir (Pommard clone). Only 118 cases produced.



Since 1996

Northwest Wine Clubs

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Oregon Reserve Pinot Noir Club

$80/shipment - or save with one year membership

The highest rated collectable Oregon Pinots, year after year. Established stars like Beaux Freres, Bergstrom, Soter, Brick House. Cult wines like Dusky Goose, Black Cap, Shea Homer. Rising stars like Arterberry Maresh, Et Fille, Grochau, Crowley.

Northwest Big Reds Club

$80/shipment - or save with one year membership

The Wine Spectator 97 point Owen Roe Chapel Block Syrah 07 was a Big Reds Wine Club selection this spring. Highly rated wines from Owen Roe, Andrew Will, Mark Ryan, and Betz. Rising stars like O'Shea Scarborough, Abeja, Trust, and Reynvaan.

Northwest New Discoveries Club

$40/shipment - or save with one year membership

New wineries, new winemakers with insider buzz - you'll be the first to know. We sent some of the first wines of Arterberry Maresh, Evening Land, Owen Roe, Illahe, Crowley.

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Marcus, Jean, Adrienne, and Wendy

Avalon Wine
201 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis OR 97333


Marcus Looze
VP Marketing & Sales
541-752-7418 store


Wendy Brown
& Gourmet Sales


Jean Yates
541-424-8004 (direct line)


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