Wine & Wineries

Illahe Vineyards

At Illahe, their goal is to make wine as naturally as possible from the soil to the bottle. This requires working by hand on small lots with age-old techniques and materials.Illahe Vineyards’ focus is to make and grow quality pinot noir and white wines that express the vintage and their varietal characteristics. They don’t use enzymes or additives, and they don’t fine or filter their pinot noir. Some of the lots are made entirely by hand with no electricity or mechanization. They use a gentle wooden basket press, and age their pinot noir in French and Oregon Oak.Of course, quality wine starts with quality fruit in the vineyard. The 80-acre, south-facing vineyard lives in shallow clay soils. Like their friends in the Deep Roots Coalition, they do not irrigate mature plants. As one of Oregon’s few horse-powered vineyards, Illahe Vineyards utilizes a team of Percheron Drafts and Norwegian Fjords to mow and deliver grapes to the winery at harvest.