Apolloni Vineyards is celebrating “A Retrospective: 15 Years of Winegrowing.” A premium producer of Pinot Noir and traditional Italian style wines, Apolloni is celebrating “A Retrospective: Fifteen Years of Winegrowing” on Memorial Day Weekend:

May 24 to 2, 2014

From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., each day

$15 tasting fee

Proprietors Alfredo and Laurine Apolloni, both executives in the automotive industry, purchased their original vineyard site in 1999, while they were still working and living in Michigan. In 2003, the Apolloni family moved to the Willamette Valley to pursue their dreams of raising a family and owning their own vineyard and winery. Alfredo’s family originally hails from the Arezzo region of Tuscany, Italy, and has a tradition in winemaking of over 150 years.

“Alfredo grew up working at his family’s vineyard and winery in Italy during the summers and loved it,” said Laurine Apolloni. “When we had our first child, Adolfo, Alfredo looked at me and said he wanted his children to have the same wonderful childhood experience that he had had. Soon afterwards we found the site that is now our vineyard and moved to Oregon!”

Alfredo, Laurine, and their three children live at the vineyard. When they purchased the site, the original 62-acre property had just five acres of vineyards planted. They’ve since expanded to two sites, totaling nearly 100 acres, with more than 45 acres of vineyards.

The vines are eight to 17 years old, and predominantly consist of Pinot Noir Dijon clonal varieties from France. In 2005, they opened the tasting room. It has become a venue that has held many events, dinners, and tastings, over the years. In 2013, authentic Italian-style bocce courts were added to the property, as well as a Tuscan-inspired barrel cave. The underground cave facility can store up to 400 barrels for aging the winery’s red varieties, under naturally moderated, ideal temperature and humidity conditions.

The Apollonis are looking forward to welcoming the public Memorial Day Weekend to help celebrate “15 years of Winegrowing.” They will be pouring select Library wines for guests to taste through Apolloni’s history, as well as favorite summer whites and rosé. Guests can also tour their barrel cave, play some bocce, and enjoy lunch on the patio. Tastebud of Portland will be on hand with their wood-fired oven, offering pizzas and a selection of seasonal salads, all available for purchase. They will also have authentic Italian gelato by the Gelato Maestro, cookies by Brilightful Bites, and unique wine barrel gifts by Re-(Wine)-d. For more information please visit their website at www.apolloni.com.

ABOUT APOLLONI VINEYARDS: Established in 1999, Apolloni Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard and winery. Part of the Willamette Valley AVA, the location provides superb microclimate soil, perfect for the cultivation of grapes for premium red and white wines. Totaling just over 90 acres, the vineyard site includes 30 acres of Pinot Noir, 15 acres of white varieties (Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay), one acre of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo as well as pear and hazelnut orchards. The vineyards are certified sustainable by the Oregon LIVE Viticulture and Salmon Safe programs. Apolloni also produces Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Rosé and sparkling wine, as well as a Super Tuscan style blend, sourced from outstanding sites in Walla Walla and Red Mountain in Eastern Washington.
Alfredo Apolloni developed his passion for winemaking as a young man, working at the family vineyard in Italy. These Italian roots have a strong influence on his winemaking style and attention to detail. The wines of Apolloni Vineyards represent the best of old world tradition, brought to the soil of Oregon, representing quality and excellence in viticulture through wine making. Alfredo, his wife Laurine and their three children share in this family adventure.

Apolloni Vineyards is located at 14135 NW Timmerman Road (Hwy 6 at Milepost 44), Forest Grove, Oregon. For more information and directions please visit www.apolloni.com or call 503.359.3606. The tasting room is open Thursday – Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..