CATHEDRAL RIDGE WINERY
Cathedral Ridge Winery - Oregon's Columbia Gorge Wine Region

Two Locations for Your Tasting Pleasure

Hood River Winery & Tasting Room
4200 Post Canyon Drive
Hood River, OR  97031
541-386-2882  
Toll free 1-800-516-8710
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Dundee Tasting Room
974 N HWY 99W

Dundee, OR  97115
503-537-9977
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Email:  crw@cathedralridgewinery.com
Website:  www.cathedralridgewinery.com

 

Four micro climates of the Columbia Gorge nurture the grapes and create the flavors of Cathedral Ridge wines... reminiscent of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhine and the Rhone.

 



Winery Information


Winemaker:
Michael Sebastiani

Proprietor: 
Robb Bell

Vineyards: 
5½ Estate Acres
Control an additional
100 vineyard acres

Average Annual Production:
6,000+ cases

Wines Produced

Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot, Cabernet/Merlot,
Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel,
Red Blends, Rosť,
Pinot Gris, White Riesling,
Chardonnay, Viognier, White Blends

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$5.00 tasting fee refunded with purchase

Open Daily
June - October:
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
November - May:  11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas & New Years

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 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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A one-of-a-kind place
Relax & enjoy the Columbia Gorge Wine Country...
the home of Cathedral Ridge Winery

    A jewel in the Columbia Gorge wine region, Cathedral Ridge Winery invites you to visit them and to stay a while.  It would be hard to find a better place to enjoy a relaxed stroll through the grounds and spectacular Vineyards with a Mt. Hood view at Cathedral Ridge Wineryvineyards of this Hood River, Oregon winery estate.  Sit for a while and enjoy a view of the Mt. Adams summit;  hike to the beautiful meadow above the vineyard and take in a view of Mt. Hood and the slopes of the Hood River Valley.  Or better yet, attend an event or plan your own in this hill-top meadow overlooking the vineyards and all the terrain that surrounds you.  The ambiance of meadow's lawn and its expansive views of vineyards and valleys and mountains may transform your pleasant visit to Cathedral Ridge Winery into one of your most memorable visits to any winery. 

       This Hood River Valley winery sits in the middle of the Cascade Range, on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge appellation.  Here a stirring of marine air from the west and dry desert air from the east creates a rapid transition of ecosystems... from thick Douglas fir to scrub oak and Ponderosa pine.  This unique transitional zone makes possible the growing of a wide variety of grapes in a number of different microclimates.  Winemaker Michael Sabastiani revels in the variety of terroir available to him and the nuances they add to his production of fine Cathedral Ridge wines. 

       Born and raised in the heart of wine country in California's Sonoma Valley, Michael has spent a lifetime immersed in the creation and enjoyment of wine.  A rich soup of wine-related experiences began to simmer when Michael was just 10 years old and working summers in the vineyards.  The smells of maturing grapes in the vineyard and their heady aromas at crush were important ingredients for the development of this fourth-generation winemaker.  The inherited culture and lifestyle of his winemaking-family roots create the foundation of Michael Sabastiani's commitment to showcasing characteristics of an area's terroir and the main ingredient of his passion for blended wines.  For Michael, the locale of Cathedral Ridge Winery could not be more ideal.

       "It's like being a chef," Michael explains about his enthusiasm for creating Cathedral Ridge wines;  he thinks of each varietal and microclimate as available ingredients for his blended wines. 

       As "chef" of wine production at Cathedral Ridge, Michael creates more than a dozen wines, four of which are signature red blends: 

  1. Necessity Red - A blend of pinot noir and zinfandel;

  2. Bordheauxd Red - A blend of syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon;

  3. Rock Star Red - A blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah; and

  4. Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot - A blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

         In addition to his signature red blends, Michael expresses his talent and enthusiasm through several other Northwest wines he produces for Cathedral Ridge Winery... cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, syrah, zinfandel, chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and viognier.  The array of microclimates within the Columbia Gorge appellation gives rise to varying terroir which in turn brings additional nuanced characteristics and flavors to the alchemy of Michael Sabastiani's winemaking process. 

       Come tour the agriculturally rich Hood River Valley and be sure to take time to visit Cathedral Ridge Winery... a one-of-a-kind place to relax and enjoy the wonderful world of Oregon's Columbia Gorge wines and its notoriously spectacular scenery. 

       Rain or shine, the light-drenched tasting room of Cathedral Ridge Winery, its light-hearted staff  and inspired wines will lift your spirits and insure a memorable experience.  Whether you come to visit on your own or to join the festivities of a scheduled event, you will find large, beautifully landscaped covered areas extending out  from the winery, and a sweeping lawn stretching beyond to vineyard's edge, creating a perfect area for outdoor activities and al fresco picnics and events.

       If you decide to stay a while, talk to the folks next door at Vineyard View Bed and Breakfast where special discounts are offered to winery customers and Cathedral Ridge Wine Club members.

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2011 Pinot Gris
$18.00 bottle
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We have found that our region is perfectly matched for growing and producing exquisite blends of Pinot Gris. We strive for our Pinot Gris to showcase the acidity of the Columbia Gorge, while carrying a mouth feel that is soft and pleasant expressing wonderful fruit, acidity and lushness.  Typical nutty flavors are prevalent, and a round flavor profile accents the acidity perfectly. 

Light floral notes with refreshing pear and granny smith apple enliven the bouquet. Ripe citrus and balanced acidity highlight the mouthfeel, followed by a slightly nutty finish. Our Pinot Gris is crisp and fun, with subtle body making it a very versatile food wine.

2011 Chardonnay
$28.00 bottle
Silver Medal - OR Wine Awards 2012
Silver Medal - Astoria Seafood and Wine Festival 2012
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Lemon zest and Bartlett pear aromas tease the palate along with hints of butterscotch, vanilla and a soft mouthfeel. While luscious and savory, this wine also shows finesse with intriguing floral tones and subtle minerality.  The 2011 Chardonnay profiles more fruit flavor than our previous vintage while retaining the same pleasing mineral balance with a softness that sits on the tongue and begs for another sip.  Neutral oak barrels lead to a mature, memorable wine balanced by acidity.

Over the past five years, we have been refining our Chardonnay program.  We achieve the rich, butter tones characteristic of the Gorge, and peel back some of its sumptuousness and reveal the Chardonnay flavors.  We avoid new oak and instead reach to sur lee aging, stirring of the lees, and partial malolactic fermentation to achieve a complete and complex flavor profile.

2010 Reserve Chardonnay
$44.00 bottle
Gold Medal - 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal -
2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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A light golden hue with a warm nose that hints at vanilla.  A luscious, full mouthfeel with nutty notes and butterscotch that lead through strong, complex layers lingering throughout the finish.

Aged for 16 months in mellowed American Oak barrels from Belvedere Winery, this is a creamy, buttery wine with balanced fruit and acidity.

Due to our colder climate, Oregon Chardonnay has a higher acidity level than those from California, making them perfect for long barrel aging as the acidity stands up and balances the wine.


2010 Pinot Noir Reserve
$52.00 bottle
Gold Medal - 2013 PDX Seafood & Wine Festival
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Classic Pinot Noir aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and cardamom complete with a palate of cranberry, caramel and rhubarb. These flavors are intensified through a silky and smooth mouth feel with wonderful complementing acidity and smooth soft tannins. 

Our 2010 Pinot Noir is a wonderful wine that showcases the beautiful fruit grown in Dampier Vineyard in Underwood Mountain, Oregon.  
100% Pinot Noir fruit, aged 18 months in top ranked neutral French Oak barrels this wine will continue to age in the bottle gracefully.

2010 Bordheauxd Red
$26.00 bottle
91 pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
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22% Merlot, 33% Syrah and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon make up this beautiful blend. The Bordheauxd (pronounced Board Head) is our tribute to the hard working Board Heads shredding the Columbia Gorge.

Deep within a multitude of aromas lie blackberries, tart raspberry, warm vanilla and bitter cocoa. Aged in neutral French oak barrels, this wine showcases the complexity of each grape and the uniqueness of the Columbia Gorge climate.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
$26.00 Bottle
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot
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Dark berries, milk chocolate and cassis on the nose followed by a smooth, balanced mouth feel & soft tannins on the finish make this a very approachable red wine.

Of the many Bordeaux-style wines we produce, our Cabernet/Merlot blend is the most approachable.  The intent of our "Cab/Merlot" is to broaden our flavor spectrum of full-bodied red wines.  This wine takes the softest qualities of the two varietals and blends them together to produce a young and appealing wine that retains some of the tannin from its parent wines.

We age our Cab/Merlot for up to 11 months in oak barrels and bottle the final blend as young-drinking red wine.  Even though its heritage lends to a full bottle aging potential, it is a wonderful wine while served young and pleases most red wine admirers.

 

Finding your way to Cathedral Ridge Winery

Map to Cathedral Ridge Winery - in Oregon's Columbia Gorge wine region

 


Finding the Cathedral Ridge Dundee Tasting Room

976 N HWY 99W
Dundee, OR

 



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