“For the first time this year, Eric produced a sparkling wine, sparkling Chardonnay, going public very soon. It’s a wonderful wine, hoping we continue to do that.”
Ali Rouiller is referring to winemaker Eric Weisinger, and the bubbles are to commemorate their 35th anniversary.
Eric’s dad, John Weisinger, planted this vineyard in 1978 and years later, built the winery and tasting room.
As one of the first in Southern Oregon, he helped pioneer this region’s wine scene.
“This is just celebrating 35 years ago, John created this business and Eric continuing this legacy, community is really excited to be a part of it as well," Ali said.
Eric became head winemaker in 1997 and took over the business in 2011. The tasting room – which John built in 1988 – has seen a few changes over the years.
“We redid the interior exterior… we try to keep the roots of original building, always looking to improve and continue on that way,” Ali said.
The tasting room and winery are located at the south end of Ashland. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, and some incredible views.
“So you’re going to come in, get a welcome pour, get greeted by one of our staff and then when you take your seat, and choose a flight. We currently have 14 wines to try, lovely charcuterie board with local ingredients, Rogue Creamery. We source everything local here, also we even pull some fruit from the trees on the property when we have them, figs, peaches, pears.”
There are currently 14 different wines to choose from on the tasting menu, varieties including Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Franc. Visitors can create their own flight, order a glass or bottle, and take in the surroundings.
“One of the things we pride ourselves in, when people come here, we want it to feel like our family and I think we do a good job at that balance always trying to improve, taking the next step forward, staying humble and treating everyone like family when they walk in.”