Elk Cove Vineyards

History
Elk Cove Vineyards was founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell. Winemaker Adam Campbell joined forces with his parents in 1995 and Elk Cove remains proudly family owned.

Early Days
Pat & Joe Campbell Planting their First Grapevine. It's 1974. The Campbell family winds up a gravel road to an abandoned and overgrown homestead in the foothills of the Coast Range Mountains. Six year old Eartha asks "Where's the house?" "It's behind us!" Joe and Pat happily reply – referring to the trailer that would be their home for the next year. They are Oregon winegrowing pioneers.

Pat and Joe chose the property for its shallow soils, steep hilly terrain and beautiful views. After converting the existing homesteader's barn into a winery, they built a new home from reclaimed lumber. They invited friends to help on the weekends, enticing them with manual labor and wine futures. Joe worked nights in the ER, Pat managed the business, and they both worked long hours in the vineyards and made the wines together. There were fewer than ten wineries in Oregon at the time.

Why Elk Cove?
In the winter of 1974, a herd of 40 Roosevelt elk bedded down in the clearing by the Campbell family's trailer. Their presence, along with the protective bowl shape of the property, inspired Pat and Joe to name their property Elk Cove Vineyards.

Family Roots
Pat's great-grandfather was a Swiss immigrant to Helvetia, Oregon, who grew grapes and made wine prior to prohibition. Her parents were orchardists in Parkdale, a small farming community at the foot of Mount Hood. Her father Lew, upon seeing his daughter's new land, overgrown with abandoned prune and hazelnut trees, commented "With this soil and no water, I don't think you can grow anything here – except maybe wine grapes."

Pat met Joe Campbell when they were both teenagers picking strawberries for spending money. He was a small town kid from Hood River, Oregon, whose smarts landed him at Harvard, then Stanford Medical School. Joe used his academic background to teach himself the science of winemaking, collaborating with other fledgeling winegrowers to learn from their achievements and struggles.

Success in a New Industry
Pat and Joe didn't know it at the time, but they were pioneers of a new industry in Oregon. In 1979, the Campbell's 1978 Riesling won gold at the Oregon State Fair, the Tri-Cities Wine Festival, and the Seattle Enological Society annual tasting. Pat and Joe had proof – they really could make world class wines. In 1985 when Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate famously "discovered Oregon" the Campbells and other Oregon winemakers felt their region was finally on the map. Thirty five years later, there are over 500 wineries in Oregon. The wine business now ranks as one of Oregon's top agricultural industries.

Although Pat and Joe are retired now, you might see Pat working in the flower gardens on your visit to the winery. Joe might pour you a glass of his Condor wine. Their vision lives on through their son Adam.

Adam Grows Up
The five Campbell kids all grew up working summers in the vineyards at Elk Cove – it was truly a family business and Joe and Pat needed all the help they could get. Adam took a special interest and stayed close to home for college, attending Lewis & Clark and spending summers on the bottling line. Upon graduation he joined the business year-round to learn the craft of winemaking from his parents. Adam is now responsible for making Elk Cove's wines. He oversees six vineyard sites with 350 planted acres. That's over 10 times the total acreage of all Oregon vineyards when Pat and Joe planted that very first vine.

The Campbell's goal has always been hand-crafted, Estate-grown cool climate ­wines that rival the best in the world. As a second-generation winemaker and a 5th generation Oregon farmer, Adam Campbell is proud to continue that tradition.

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Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris 2017
Whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in small stainless steel tanks.   VINTAGE 2017 was a classic Oregon vintage with plenty of sunny days and refreshingly cool nights. It was also the first year since our wines were 100% estate grown, created entirely from grapes we own and farm. We now have
Item Number: 29872
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris 2016
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90  (October, 2017) “Fragrant and nicely detailed, this sends up clover and apple blossom scents. Apple-infused flavors follow, with touches of peach and spice.”-P.G.  TASTING NOTES: Golden straw in color, this fresh white wine approaches with aromas of Asian pear, honeydew melon

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris 2015
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"Vivid and expansive, with tangy pear and cantaloupe flavors that play against hints of lime, finishing with polish. Drink now through 2019." 16,000 cases made.–HS

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Noir 2014
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "Bright and focused, with powdery tannins supporting boysenberry and pomegranate flavors that linger on the finish." Best from 2017 through 2020. 23,000 cases made. Wine Advocate 88 "The 2014 Pinot Noir is a blend of six vineyard sites that goes through a barrel selection,

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris 2014
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TASTING NOTES: Pale lemon tempts with high aromatics - pineapple and grilled plantain meander into notes of yellow peach, fresh ginger and honeydew. A melon soft texture unfolds with Meyer lemon and peach preserve hinting at undertones of ginger spice, hibiscus and rhubarb.~WINERY NOTES

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Noir 2013
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Fresh and expressive, light-footed and generous, with cherry, plum and apricot flavors, coming together smoothly on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2019." 18,236 cases made–HS "Deep, cherry red with aromas of cedar wood, cherry cordial and peppercorn. A complementary

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris 2013
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 “This full-bodied, lightly spiced wine seduces with fresh fruit flavors of pear, apple, kiwi and melon. Polished and bracing, it finishes with a lick of wet stone. Editor’s Choice.” -Paul Gregutt  2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition Gold Medal "Our 2013 Pinot

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Noir 2012
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Fresh and vibrant, showing polish to its currant and blackberry flavors. Finishes with density and finesse. Drink now through 2020." 17,300 cases made. –HS  "Brilliant ruby red in color with raspberry, rose and licorice on the nose.Silky and smooth in texture, this pinot is

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Noir 2011
"At the close of harvest 2011, many winegrowers breathed a sigh of relief. Feelings of déjà vu from 2010 were evident as the picking pushed even later into the season, making it one of Oregon’s latest harvests on record. Yet, differences will mark them unique. Yields in 2011 were opposite of 2010,

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris 2012
92  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 92 "Mouthwatering and brisk, this succulent gris has the scent of apple blossoms, its flavors giving the impression of a slice of crisp apple spritzed with lemon. A summer refresher, or a good pairing with petrale sole."  Wine Spectator 90 "Light and sleek, with a satiny texture

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Noir 2010
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 " Light on its feet and intense in flavor, offering tea leaf–accented cherry and pomegranate flavors, with nicely buffed tannins. Finishes with richness and deftness. Drink now through 2018. 7,227 cases made." ~H.S.  Portland Monthly (Oregon's 50 Best Wines), October 2012 Best

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Gris 2011
88  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 88 "Fresh and vibrant, with lively melon and pear flavors, finishing on a citrusy note." Drink now. 17,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman   "The Willamette Valley has a suitable climate for this delicate grape variety enough sunlight and warmth for ripening and cooler night

Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot noir 2009
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine spectator 91"This fresh red is inviting and invigorating for its juicy black currant, plum and white pepper flavors, playing with zest against polished tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2019. 14,000 cases made."H.S.

Elk Cove Pinot Gris 2010
 "The 2010 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris gives sweet and unctuous aromatics while showing crispness on the palate with vibrant citrus and grapefruit. True to Elk Cove Vineyards style, a rich mouthfeel leads to a full and satisfying balanced finish. Drink this lovely white wine as an aperitif or