On a bright Sunday afternoon, Kristin and I stopped by VIDON Vineyard. The name ‘VIDON’ (pronounced vee-dohn) comes from Vicki and Don, the founders of winery. Don is the winemaker and does most of the farming on their 20 acre vineyard. Don plans to add another 12 acres to the vineyard and will hire his first “staff member” in August to help out at the tasting room and to tend the vineyard.
VIDON makes a nice Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, but we really came for the Pinot Noirs. Don produces three single clone wines – typically less than a 100 cases of each are produced yearly. I had a hard time picking a favorite between the Pommard clone and the 777. Buying a bottle of each makes life a lot simpler. With such small production amounts, don’t expect to find their wine outside of the handful of restaurants and wine shops in the Willamette Valley. As VIDON’s popularity grows, it is worth considering joining their Cellar Club. Level 1 members commit to a case of wine a year (you can mix and match varietals), receive a 15% discount, and have access to some of the single clones that aren’t sold elsewhere.
The tasting room is typically open Noon to 5 pm on the weekends. Don is seldom far from his cell phone and is happy to open the tasting room during the weekday. (And sometimes he forgets to hang out the ‘open sign’ during the weekend so give him a call – he’s probably there). Tasting fees are a reasonable $10. The tasting room/winery is a converted machine shed. Nice on the inside but you don’t pay extra for a fancy facility. VIDON is part the of Carbon Neutral initiative, both the vineyard and winery are a part of LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) program, and their wines are “Certified Sustainable” since 2008.