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Elk Cove Vineyards, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir!

Profile: Pinot Noir

  • Pinot Noirs are racked by gravity from the fermenters to French oak barrels in the cellar.
  • Nitrogen gas is used during racking to gently push the wines from barrels back into tanks.

Adam hand selects only the finest quality French oak barrels for his entire Pinot Noir bottlings – Burgundian coopered, 3-year air-dried, medium toast, tight grained. The delicate flavors and finesse of the Pinot Noir grape depend on this careful handwork.


Elk Cove hand crafts wines from outstanding vineyards in the Northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. Through site selection and meticulous vine management we achieve concentration and depth of flavor in the vineyard.

In the winery we use gravity flow and gentle handling to protect the inherent qualities of the Estate grown fruit.

Family Owned

Elk Cove Vineyards is a family owned and managed winery with 600 acres on four separate vineyard sites. At this time 220 acres of mature vineyards come from our Estate, Windhill, Mount Richmond and newly acquired Five Mountain vineyards. Excellent slopes are available for another 150 acres of vines, which will be planted over the next five years.

The Pinot Trilogy: Noir, Gris, Blanc!

The winery’s focus is on Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. Creating powerful yet elegant wines that focus on freshness of fruit, depth and viscosity.

Elk Cove Vineyards has produced Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs since 1979. These flagship wines are available in limited quantities. Windhill, La Bohème, Roosevelt, Mount Richmond and Five Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noirs have all been selected for specific site characteristics – soils, aspect, microclimate. Yields are kept to below two tons per acre for these special reserve bottlings.


Stop in today and try one!


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Spanish Wine Class March 22

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March 22, 2017 at 7:00PM

$20 per person. Call to Reserve (540) 400-7771

– with Christine Yetzzi of The Country Vintner –

     Christine is has been involved with some aspect of wine nearly all of her life.She grew up working in her family’s vineyard in King George, VA. Her first job was a tour guide at Ingleside Winery. While attending William and Mary, Christine was the sommelier at the Williamsburg Inn.
     Her career in the wine wholesale industry started upon graduation from college.
Her first job was as a receptionist with The Country Vintner.
Christine progressed to JP Distributing, then to sales manager of Dettor, Edwards, and Morris and finally back to The Country Vintner in 1996.
Christine is an ardent wine educator having lectured at the University of VirginiaVirginia Department of AgricultureThe Homestead ResortThe Boar’s Head Inn, and Crystal Cruise Lines.
Christine has been invited to judge at various regional competitions as well as the International Wine Competition in Corning, New York. Christine has conducted tours to many of the wine regions of France. Italy, Chile, Argentina and Spain.

French Wine Class: April 19

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April 19, 2017 at 7:00PM

$20 per person. Call to Reserve (540) 400-7771

– with Bill Philips, professor of Wines and Vines at VT for 12yrs –

This is our first class on French wines, and boy is it an important one! Come discover the regions and varietals that make this country so famous for their delicious and distinctive wines. We will explore the regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, and the Rhone and why the grapes and regions vary.

Wine Class: White Wine Composition | June 28

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White Wine Composition

The vast diversity of White Wines and what makes them different…

Tuesday June 28 | 7:15pm

at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar

2825 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke VA


$25/per person. Payment Required for Reservation.

Reserve by calling 540-400-7771 or in person.