ILLAHE, pronounced Ill-Uh-Hee, is a local Chinook word meaning “earth” or “place” or “soil”
At Illahe, our goal is to make wine as naturally as possible from soil to bottle. We work by hand on small lots with age-old techniques and materials. Our focus is to grow and make quality Pinot Noir and white wines that express the vintage and their varietal characteristics. We don't use enzymes or additives. Some of our wines are made entirely by hand, with no electricity or modern mechanization. We use a gentle wooden basket press and age our Pinot Noir in French and Oregon oak.
Quality wine starts with quality fruit in the vineyard. Our 80-acre, south-facing vineyard lives in shallow clay soils. Like our friends in the Deep Roots Coalition, which is committed to dry agriculture and responsible water practices, we do not irrigate mature plants. As one of Oregon’s few horse-powered vineyards we utilize a team of Percheron draft horses to mow and deliver grapes to the winery at harvest.
Our winery and tasting room are located just southwest of Salem, OR. We are open seven days a week by appointment! Join us for a private tour and barrel tasting in our wine cave.
You can email Kathy: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or call 503-831-1248. We do our best to honor all requests but sometimes we are busy making wine or are out of town!
Our tasting fee is $25 per person, refunded with a $100 or more purchase. Tastings are complimentary for our wine club members and their guests.