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Shallon Winery

1598 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103-3707
+1 503-325-5978
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An Awesome Wine Tasting Experience!

This is our fourth visit to the winery and each time it was a pleasure! Paul has hand crafted... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2015
cookseysu
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Portland, Oregon
A great time was had by all!

Came here today with my boyfriend. Mr. van der Veldt is bursting with knowledge, very observant and... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2015
bhm817
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Portland, Oregon
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Shallon Winery is a very small, one-man operation that is open every afternoon, one to six PM, and has been for over 35 years. It, therefore, has to specialize in unique products unavailable elsewhere, such as totally wild berry wines, whey wines, Lemon Meringue Pie wine, and, Chocolate Orange wine. It is a working, functioning winery, not a wine shop.The winemaker prefers a one on one relation with his guests, which entails a brief visit and explanation in the wine making room, followed by tasting all the wines available in a sequence. Local historical information is usually included in the presentation. This visit may run from a minimum of a half hour to an hour or more depending on questions and conversation. Unfortunately, the winery can not afford to entertain larger groups, and frequently is closed to the walk-in public during the days of cruise ship arrivals. However, serious individuals or couples may call during the day for a suggestion for the best time, or just call the number when at the door, if it is not open.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“fruit wines” (4 reviews)
“one man show” (3 reviews)
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1598 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103-3707
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+1 503-325-5978
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Reviewed 3 September 2015

This is our fourth visit to the winery and each time it was a pleasure! Paul has hand crafted wines like none that you have ever tasted! NOTE: Only go to the Shallon Winery if you have adequate time to savor the wines and listen...More

Thank cookseysu
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2015

Thank you for posting such a nice review, and especially for returning to visit after at least twenty years.

Reviewed 27 July 2015

Came here today with my boyfriend. Mr. van der Veldt is bursting with knowledge, very observant and quick witted He is a man of his craft, an expert in the science and art of winemaking. It was great fun and I loved the history lesson....More

Thank bhm817
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2015

Thank you very much.

Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

Was looking forward to visiting this winery on our trip to the coast but were turned away because there were too many people tasting? Try again later is wheat we were told. Don't waste your time going unless you know there is room.More

2  Thank Fabvagtrp
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2015

It pains me not to be able to accommodate each guest that takes the trouble to visit my very small winery. I am a one-man operation; after 35 years and 60,000 visitors, I still like to devote my entire attention at one time to each...More

Reviewed 6 July 2015

I had heard I couldn't miss a visit to Shallon Winery in Astoria, but did not expect it to be my favorite part of the day. This was definitely my favorite wine tasting experience ever. Shallon Winery is a one-man operation. We were lucky enough...More

2  Thank Cassie J
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Thank you for the descriptions of your experience. And, this is another time "quirky" has been used; I'm getting used to it, and it is OK.

Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit this lovely specialty winery.Paul van der Veldt is the wine maker. His claim to fame is being on the forefront of making chocolate wine. It was a treat to experience tasting his berry wines and...More

1  Thank BrooklynDodgers13
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Thank you for the comments; it was a pleasant relaxed afternoon. However, for anyone reading this, I must advise not to inquire for an appointment in advance. Just call the number from nearby - or at the door - to see if one may be...More

Reviewed 20 June 2015

Shallon winery has peach, apple cinnamon, cranberry/whey and the best chocolate wine in the world in their tasting. Seriously, every other chocolate wine on the market should have "pretend" in front of its name. This is a one man operation with all wine made on...More

Thank Kevin N
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Thanks for your comments. This is the second time "quirky" has been used. Had to look up in the dictionary again. O.K. I guess so.

Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

Fine local wine that is all produced right here in river city downtown Astoria. Awesome. This is a fine example of what can be done, and should be showcased do much more than it actually is. Kudos for a job well done .

Thank Journeyman644
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Thank you, and thanks for bringing up the "no taxpayer money financed." Need that encouragement.

Reviewed 26 April 2015

We had a ball with the owner of this winery. It was part wine tasting, part history lesson. It is a one person show and I would highly recommend it. If you are looking for the normal snooty and pretentious wine tour, go elsewhere. If...More

Thank danrodgerson
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2015

That was just the other day! Remember you both very well. Thanks kindly for the comments; I'm sorry our weather is not really to your liking.

Reviewed 16 April 2015 via mobile

Going to the Shallon Winery is an experience unlike any other. It's not a place for the impatient or if you're in a hurry. First you'll get a tour of the winery itself and then you'll taste all the fruit wines. However the tasting is...More

Thank Andrew P
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2015

Thank you so very much. You are not the first to use the "mad scientist" reference, but that's fine.

Reviewed 22 January 2015

We stopped here on a whim on our way back to Seaside, and spent the next hour or two with the proprietor. He is almost 90, so if you plan to visit, go soon, I'd say, though he seems in fine fettle. We tasted 5...More

1  Thank foundloveinpdx
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2015

Thanks so much for your kind words. If you got the dry Wild Blackberry; I don't think aging this one for several years will particularly benefit it. If you got the Cran du Lait, remember to refrigerate it adequately before opening. Paul

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