Project update: Grand opening at Wineries without Walls in Veneta

19 Nov

Update on a great local project that I had the privilege of assisting:

Two months after its soft opening, Veneta-based “Wineries without Walls” is celebrating its grand opening this weekend and next. Open from 12-7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12-5 on Sunday, the store sells great local wines from small “hidden-secret wineries” and hosts free weekly wine tastings. It’s located in the shopping plaza at the corner of Highway 126 and Territorial Highway in Veneta.

With seed funding from the City of Veneta and lots of volunteer sweat equity, the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce created theĀ  storefront as a community economic development initiative. A baker’s dozen local wineries are active partners, and many of their wines are not otherwise available at retail outlets. I worked with the volunteer planning committee and wineries to develop the feasibility analysis and business plan. It’s exciting to see the idea grow and thrive.

Wineries without Walls has received great recent press from Oregon Wine Press and Eugene Daily News. Here’s a link to the Wineries without Walls Facebook page as well. I’m going to stop by tomorrow– we are clear out of Oregon Pinot Gris and that’s never a good thing! Fortunately, I know about this little place in Veneta with a wonderful collection of options!

Wines are in stock now from:

  • Abbelone Vineyard
  • Briggs Hill Vineyard
  • Capitello Wines
  • Cottonwood Winery
  • Dylan’s Run Vineyard
  • J. Scott Cellars
  • Kandarian Wine Cellars
  • Lone Oak Vineyard
  • McBeth/Spencer Creek
  • Noble Estate Vineyard
  • Patchwork Cellars
  • Stanton Vineyards
  • William Rose Wines