View of Winery on the eve of the Solar Eclipse
Photo Credit: Janis Miglavs
Guests view the start of the Solar Eclipse. Photo credit: Scott Cassidy
Founder, Jim Bernau with daughter Emi at the admissions booth. Photo credit: Scott Cassidy
Dr. Mark Cheung gives presentation, "The Sun in a New Light." Photo credit: Scott Cassidy
Customers viewing the Solar Eclipse in North Carolina with 2015 Solar Eclipse Pinot Noir.
On Monday August 21st, 2017 over 1,200 guests gathered in the newly constructed Hillyer Amphitheater at the winery, south of Salem to witness the Great American Solar Eclipse as it crossed, in totality over the Willamette Valley.
This was the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse to occur in nearly a century with our vineyard in the direct path, creating an ideal viewing location.
Eclipse viewers filled the amphitheater, toasts of Frizzanté in hand to witness the solar eclipse. As the partial eclipse began at approximately, 9:06 am guests all united in amazement as we reached totality among the vines. Cheers erupted throughout the viewing and at 10:17 am, we all gazed up at the eclipse, which reminded us all at Willamette Valley Vineyards how important the sun is to the growing cycle of our vines.
As the eclipse concluded its path over the Willamette Valley guests celebrated with wine tasting, including sampling the 2015 Solar Eclipse Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, live music, educational seminars hosted by Dr. Mark Cheung, and food pairings.
Our Solar Eclipse Pinot Noir was sourced from the sub-AVAs in the Willamette Valley. Only 615 cases were produced of this bottle-numbered wine. Our Solar Eclipse Chardonnay was sourced from our three estate vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Only 315 cases were produced of this bottle-numbered wine meant to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Thank you for making this truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Total Solar Eclipse over the East Block at Willamette Valley Vineyards. Photo credit: Scott Cassidy
Founder, Jim Bernau with the commemorative bottles of the 2015 Solar Eclipse Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Photo credit: Scott Cassidy
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