About Blakeslee Vineyard

About Us

F ormerly known as Quail Hill Vineyard, this highly regarded Estate was purchased by Bill and Sheila Blakeslee in 2005. This Sherwood Oregon winery has been producing top quality Pinot Noir grapes for over 16 years and is heralded as one of the Chehalem Mountain AVA’s best vineyard sites.

The vineyard is situated on the South side of the Chehalem Mountains at an elevation of 500’ to 550’. We sit on a North/South slope and the vineyard crowns East to West, where we can capture the long cool morning sun and the hotter shorter afternoon exposure. We farm 100% sustainably and earned our “Live” Certification with the 2012 harvest. We dry farm and have learned through expert vineyard management and experienced wine making techniques to handle the various curve balls thrown by Mother Nature each year. The vines are grafted to root stock and planted in Laurelwood soil (a powdery volcanic soil) atop a hard clay sub-soil. This unique combination of soils, premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones, vineyard management, and winemaking result in unique and distinctive wines.

Historically, the Estate produced filberts and Christmas trees through the 1970’s and 1980’s. During the late 1990’s the property was converted to Pinot Noir grapes. In 1998, winemaker Patricia Green of Torii Mor Winery was recognized by Wine Spectator for producing Oregon’s first bottle of $100 Pinot Noir using Quail Hill fruit from this site.

The Blakeslee’s acquired the 20-acre Estate with the intention of managing it and selling the fruit. Their first vintage as a winery in 2006 was unintentional, and resulted from a trade with another winery of fruit for bottled wine. Robert Brittan joined the Blakeslee team as winemaker starting with the 2010 vintage. He has over 30 years of experience growing grapes and making wine in Napa Valley for Far Niente, Saint Andrews and Stags’ Leap Winery. Our wines are produced at Britt Hill Winery in McMinnville, Oregon.

The Estate Tasting Room’s “Grand Opening” was Memorial Day Weekend 2013. Check our website for more information on the Events page, and click this link to register to become a Wine Club Member.

The wines we tried were all delicious. We were treated kindly by the staff. It's a beautiful place, and their white pilot noire was really interesting!
Lindsay M
Blakeslee Vineyard provided our group with a fabulous experience in every way! Thank you, Sheila, for taking time to share your vineyard stories with us.
Savenia F
My husband and I love Blakeslee! We've made many friends there and the atmosphere can't be beat. Bill and Sheila make you feel like you are part of the family. Best wine club ever!
Tina C
This winery has quickly become one of our absolute favorite places to be! The owners and staff are so wonderful! You feel like family every time you walk through the door! They go to great extremes to make their member events fabulous! And let's not forget the WINE!!!! So delicious!
Melissa M
Love this vineyard and their wines. I've been in their wine club for about two years now and enjoy bringing guests for tastings as well as the special club member events. The estate is beautiful and it is most enjoyable to sit by the pool and look at the mountain. Bill and Sheila are very welcoming hosts.
Wendy V
There are no strangers at Blakeslee. You feel at home about 10 minutes after you arrive because the staff is so friendly, willing to go out of their way to ensure a good experience. There is almost always an opportunity to meet the owners, who are incredibly gracious hosts. Pair all that with lovely wines and incredible views and you can't go wrong.
Lauren G
I finally got the opportunity to visit Blakeslee Vineyard last week after hearing so many great reviews about the vineyard and itsaward-winning wines.  From the beautiful location on the hilltop to the exquisite wines, the experience was excellent. Thank you to Molly for the welcoming and informative wine tasting experience. Joining the wine club was an easy decision. I have shared the Estate Reserve Chardonnay and Estate Reserve Pinot Noir with my wife Lauretta, and she agrees that the wines are exquisite
Clete F