August Cellars

August Cellars
14000 NE Quarry Rd
Newberg, OR  97132

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Tasting Room Open 11–5

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Wines from multiple wineries available to taste, wine club discounts, private tours

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The determination of two fourth-generation farmers to hold onto their family’s property and keep it from becoming a housing development inspired the birth of August Cellars in 2002. “The land here is so beautiful,” Tom Schaad explains. “We wanted to protect it from urban development, so we built a state-of-the-art winery and started making wine.”

Tom’s brother, Jim Schaad, is the winemaker and Tom does just about everything else. Their 16,000-square-foot winery was opened to the public in November 2004. It was masterfully built into a hillside around a gravity-flow system, with production facilities on the top two floors and barrel rooms on the bottom. This way, the barrel rooms are naturally cooled by the earth and the wine moves naturally, without the turbulence of the pumps. The winery currently bottles its own Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Marechal Foch.

They also engage in an alternating proprietorship with several other wineries. This creative arrangement allows several very small boutique wineries (who bottle as few as 300 cases annually) to use August Cellars’ equipment and facility. “It’s a win-win situation,” Tom says. “The wineries get to work in a great facility and we offset the costs of owning and running the winery building.”

In another innovative way to offset costs, August Cellars became the first Oregon winery to install a wind turbine in 2011. The turbine generates approximately two-thirds of the winery’s electrical needs. Jim and Tom’s father and aunt currently manage the 42-acre farm that is planted with English walnuts, Italian prunes, and Pinot Noir. But it’s not August Cellars’ Pinot Noir. “We’re leasing acreage to two other wineries and they’re growing Pinot Noir,” Tom explains. “They have 20-year leases, so when their leases expire, we’ll have 20-year-old Pinot Noir vines.”

With the future of their farm and winery, and the welfare of other Willamette Valley wineries in mind, August Cellars has found some creative solutions while producing a nice portfolio of flavorful, affordable wines.


August Cellars

Amenities

Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

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

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