Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery
4200 Post Canyon Dr
Hood River, OR  97031

Dundee
974 N Hwy 99W
Dundee, OR  97115

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Tasting Room Open Daily 11–6

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What to Buy

'14 Barbera Reserve
Ripe plum, cherry, dark chocolate, spice, toasted vanilla $48

'14 Winemaker's Cuvee
Blackberries, boysenberries, orange blossom, sweet oak $48

’14 Chardonnay Reserve
White peach, butterscotch, Meyer lemon, light nut $44

Special Notes

Picnic grounds, culinary events, barrel tastings by appt

Story

Making its mark on the stunningly beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Cathedral Ridge Winery consistently gets rave reviews, awards, and accolades including Wine Press Northwest’s 2007 Oregon Winery of the Year, the Northwest Wine Summit’s Best of Show Pinot Noir in 2013 and Best of Class Petit Verdot in 2016, and Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Cathedral Ridge Winery was founded in 2003 by Robb Bell whose winemaking vision places emphasis on the spectacular variety of grapes grown in the Columbia Gorge region. The extraordinary mesoclimates of the Columbia Gorge allow almost every single variety of grape to ripen to perfection within 35 miles of the winery. The range of wines offered are reminiscent of the great wine regions of the world: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, as well as a bit of Barbera and Zinfandel to round out the comprehensive menu. The winery is not shy about showcasing the distinctiveness and diversity of the region, and the impact has been outstanding.

To make every bottle of wine the best it can possibly be, the grapes are picked at absolute physiological ripeness when flavor is at its peak, alcohol levels remain lower, and acidity is maintained. The fruit is harvested and crushed within six to eight hours to preserve all of the nuances of the region. Oak barrels are used as a mellowing variable, and the wines are low in sulfites.

Cathedral Ridge wines display a big, bold, and sensuous experience of cherry orchards, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and perfect Pacific Northwest earthiness while maintaining a light appeal ideal for pairing with foods. In fact, every wine at the winery comes with a custom recipe to try at home.

Open for tastings, available for special and corporate events, and home to a wonderful wine club, Cathedral Ridge Winery in Hood River is sublimely serene and scenic with gardens, vineyards, and double mountain views. There is also a Cathedral Ridge tasting room in Dundee to give Willamette Valley visitors and club members a taste of the Columbia Gorge.

AN INTERVIEW WITH WINEMAKER Michael Sebastiani

T&T: How did you—a nice Sonoma, California, resident with the name “Sebastiani”—first get involved with Cathedral Ridge Winery?

MS: I’ve known Robb for many years. He has worked with my family for quite some time in Sonoma. Robb saw the potential of the Hood River and Columbia Gorge region early on and created Cathedral Ridge Winery to display regional wines. We investigated the various vineyards and found that there was great potential. So we agreed to make wine together!

T&T: As an accomplished fourth-generation winemaker, what appeals to you about working with the fruit sourced for Cathedral Ridge wines?

CS: The vineyards for Cathedral Ridge Winery remind me of Sonoma in its youth. In fact, the rainfall and vineyard practices are very similar. To work with Robb on the forefront of the area has been an inspiring project. We work together well because we both know each other’s wine style and agree on how we want to represent the vineyards and showcase their nuances. We let the grapes be themselves. We consider it our job to best present these flavors.

T&T: We’re continually impressed by the wide range of wines displayed in this portfolio. Why this diversity and why so many?

MS: The attraction to the Hood River area and the Gorge region is its wide diversity. In a 20-mile span, we can find premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling. Move a short distance to the east and there’s a prime climate for our Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Merlot. And we’ve been finding prime microclimates for new varieties like Barbera, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. From our earliest years of making wine together, it has been our style to present a flavor spectrum. We realize that palates vary, so we want to present all those flavors. We feel that we are chauffeuring the regional flavors and letting us all discover our own likings. We are lucky to have worked with many local growers who share the same vision.

For more information, please visit: cathedralridgewinery.com


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Amenities

Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: Yes

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: Yes

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: Yes

Gift Shop: Yes

Wedding Facilities: Yes

Event Facilities: Yes

Corp. Meetings: Yes

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

Events

Videos

Cathedral Ridge Winery Video Montage

Located on the stunningly beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Cathedral Ridge Winery has made its mark on Oregon winemaking with exceptional wines and scenic winery grounds.

Cathedral Ridge Winery's Fig, Gorgonzola & Caramelized Onion Tart

Enjoy this fluffy pastry with a glass of Cathedral Ridge Winery's Barbera Reserve.