May 18th, 2024

Sauvage: An Exploration of Sauvignon Blanc

 Durant, home to the Durant Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room and Oregon’s only commercial olive mill, is collaborating with twelve other Oregon wineries to host Sauvage for the second year. The Sauvignon Blanc-focused event will take place on Saturday, May 18 and highlight Oregon’s growing reputation as a producer of high quality Sauvignon Blanc. This year, the event will include a moderated panel discussion held at the Durant Olive Mill in addition to a progressive Sauvignon Blanc tasting at the Durant Winemaking Facility, a space not generally open to the public. Sauvage is part of ongoing statewide celebrations for Oregon Wine Month, which takes place throughout the month of May.

The “History of Sauvignon Blanc” panel discussion will be moderated by Michael Alberty, wine writer for The Oregonian and Wine Enthusiast. This educational seminar will feature five participating winemakers exploring the varietal’s origins, old world vs new world, styles of the various regions, and ultimately highlight what makes Oregon Sauvignon Blanc unique. This portion of the Sauvage event will be held classroom style above the Durant Olive Mill from 10-11:30 am. Tickets are priced at $60 and space is limited.

In addition, guests can also join one of two sessions for a progressive tasting accompanied by delicious fare curated by Durant Culinary Directors, Chefs Eric Bartle and Sara Kundelius, to pair specifically with Sauvignon Blanc. Guests will receive a beautiful glass designed to showcase the varietal’s characteristics, as well as a stylish tote for wine purchases. This portion of the Sauvage event will be held in the Durant Winemaking Facility from 12-2pm and 3-5pm. Tickets are priced at $75.