I’ve decided that I need to live at a place where there are wineries and breweries in every town. When visiting Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, I quickly learned that we are suffering without any. Well suffering might be a bit extreme, but it would be nice if I could venture to a winery somewhere within an hours drive of Dallas that had a gorgeous view.
After visiting the cutest alpacas ever, we stopped at Alexeli Vineyard and Winery which was conveniently located next door. Could this day get any better – alpacas AND wine within an hour of each other? Life is good.
We were heading to a Field + Vine event later that night and we were exhausted from traveling but we stopped and tried a flight of wine, because why not? The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the last place I wanted to be was inside.
Alexeli vineyard is home to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muller-Thurgau European grape varietals. Anita Katz and her two sons, Phil and Tony Kramer, acquired the property in 2007 and began improvements on the tasting room, winery, then 28-year-old vineyard and 60-acre property. Alexeli, a combination of Phil and Tony’s middle names, became the new label. The passion and focus of Alexeli was and continues to be about a commitment to quality over quantity and a respect for the earth and what she provides.
One of my favorite things about stopping at wineries is talking to the people who run them. We had a great time chatting with Lorrie. She talked to us about wine and the Mt Hood area. She looked over our travel itinerary and told us about her favorite places in the area. I learned quickly that everyone in the area was extremely helpful and nice. Have you ever traveled to an area and not felt welcome? That was the complete opposite of how I felt when visiting Oregon. I could stay there forever!
After tasting a few wines, we took a walk through the property.
Although we didn’t have nearly as much time as I had wished to spend at Alexeli Winery, it’s on my list to visit again when I return. The wine was delicious and the scenery was even better. It’s a great place to stop before (or after) visiting the awesome alpacas next door.
Alexeli is located at 35803 S Hwy 213, Molalla, OR 97038.