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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s


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Iris Vineyards

Iris Vineyards view by Cari GarrigusSip wine on the wisteria-trellised stone terrace overlooking the estate's Chalice Vineyard and Oak Savanna preserve. The golden-hued patio flows between the owner's private residence and the tasting room. At Iris Vineyards, seasonal fun may include live music or roasting chestnuts. A full kitchen within the tasting room provides ample space for special event cooking demonstrations and intimate food pairings. Gracious hospitality accompanies their highly rated wines.

Winery Notes

Estate Varietals - Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose 

Varietals - Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot, Riesling, Viognier

Wine Collections - Oregon, Estate, Single Vineyard and Single Block 

AVA - Willamette Valley

Distinctions - multiple 90+ scores in "Wine Enthusiast"

Winemaker - Aaron Lieberman

Owner - Pamela Frye 

Established - 2001

Estate - 40 acres (16 ha) planted with a 40,000 sq ft (3,716 sq m) winery on 875 acres (354 ha) 

Annual Production - 12,500 cases

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WINE STORY

Iris Vineyards is simply a love story - both for wine and for a shared dream magnificently manifested by hotelier Richard Boyles and his wife Pamela Frye. When they met as students at the University of Oregon, a common interest in the culinary arts played into their courtship. Their early life together took them across Europe where they developed a deep appreciation for wine and food. Richard had fond childhood memories of helping his grandmother make wine and working on the family farm in Springfield, so upon returning to Oregon they sought out acreage for a vineyard. The land they selected just outside Cottage Grove was rich in bellpine, jory and dupe soils with slightly cooler but sunny slopes - just right for grapes which they planted in 1996.

Their commitment to sustainable practices within the vineyard also translated to their stewardship of the entire 875 acres (354 ha) parcel. Prior to their ownership, the land had been thoroughly harvested of its oak trees. In order to help restore the natural habitat, Richard and Pamela decided to preserve the remaining oaks across large swaths of their land. This also included planting more oaks and thinning the out the pine that was smothering the younger trees.    

The family home and tasting room was designed by local architect James Givens. The vineyard tasting room first opened in 2004 but after a few years, tasting was offered solely from their winery facility in Cottage Grove while Iris Vineyards refined their distribution and marketing plans. In 2015, they re-opened the vineyard location and welcomed visitors back.

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Iris Vineyards

  • 82110 Territorial Hwy, Eugene OR 97405
  • P: 541.242.6588