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Sweet Cheeks Winery

Sweet Cheek WineLift your glass at the socially vibrant and popular Sweet Cheeks Winery. A natural hub for post-work gatherings, the cheery patio overlooks a stunning view of rolling vineyards and distant hills. The Tuscan-style tasting room features vaulted ceilings, tumbled stone floors and a fireplace for those cooler days. Tables may be reserved, so calling ahead is a good idea. The winery also offers vegan wines.

Like its neighbor winery Silvan Ridge, Sweet Cheeks is an attractive destination for the actively-inclined - those who run or ride their bicycles on the back country roads. Sweet Cheeks is also the official finish line for the annual Grapes of Half marathon. A glass of wine is certainly a motivating finish to a race well run. 

 

Winery Notes

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

Varietals - Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot

AVA - Willamette Valley

Wine Collections - Sweet Cheeks, Rosy Cheeks 

Distinctions - 2013 Vintage Riesling gold medal at 2014 NY World Wine & Spirits competition, 2013 Pinot Gris Silver medal and OR Pinot Gris Winery of the Year at 2015 New York International Wine Competition

Winemaker - Leo Gabica 

Owner - Dan Smith

Established - 2005 

Estate - 55 planted acres (22 ha) on 140 acre (57 ha) estate 

Annual Production - 13,000 cases 

 

Sweet Cheeks Winery LogoWINE STORY

Proprietor Dan Smith started farming the Sweet Cheeks vineyard in 1989, while working in commercial refrigeration and selling his grapes to area wineries. Dan jokingly dubbed the vineyard "Sweet Cheeks" because of the double curvature of the vine covered hillside. In 2005, he translated his accumulated winery gleanings into his own operation and made his own wine. It was a success!

Sweet Cheeks VineyardThe main winery building is a gorgeous 50-year-old structure from Junction City. Dan had it moved to his hilltop vineyard after learning it was slated for demolition.

Leo Gabica has been involved in Sweet Cheeks winemaking since the doors opened, and in 2013 he became the head winemaker.

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Sweet Cheeks Winery

  • 27007 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene OR 97405
  • P: 541.349.9463