Red Hawk Winery

We've been hoping to make it to at least one area winery this month and despite other necessary activities threatening to take up the entire day Saturday, we made it to Red Hawk Winery just 10 minutes before closing. We wouldn't have cut it quite so close if we hadn't missed a turn off that forced us to back track.
Redhawk is a relatively short trip up Wallace, with only another 1/4 or 1/2 mile after turning onto Michigan Ave. You gain elevation quickly when you drive out of town on Wallace in West Salem. The result is another spectacular view from the vineyards and modest tasting room.
We met a few of the resident cats after we got out of the car. The volunteer cheerfully greeted us and kept us laughing and talking during the entire tasting. He shared some history and information on both the winery and the wines. Plus he told us that they do sell their popular Grateful Red at Roth's.
They have quite a few Pinot wines in their collection, among them another 2007 Pinot Rosé. Its looks like many wineries took advantage of young grapes and the wet weather last year to make these smooth, medium bodied Pinot Rosés. Our favorite Redhawk wines we tasted were the last three red wines, which were blends of deep red French grapes grown in Washington state and vintage 2005.


The winery is open daily from 11AM - 5PM.

Redhawk Vineyard & Winery
2995 Michigan City Ave NW
Salem, Oregon 97304
(503) 362-1596

4 comments:

Pam Hawk said...

We haven't been up there for a couple years, when the owner (at that time) had talked about selling the winery. My dear hubby briefly talked about buying it (how perfect with our name, eh?) but it was just a pipe dream at their $1M price tag.

I love Red Hawk's wine names, such as Frankenred (picture of Frankenstein enjoying a glass), and Donner Party Red ("Good friends. Good food.")

Glad to know West Salem hasn't expanded to the point where the vineyard has been turned into houses. Let's hope the city line stays where it is at Michigan City Ave.

-Pam Hawk
Pass It On Plates

KandN said...

Pam,
Wow . . . a million dollars??
I wonder what a winery like Willamette Vineyards would sell for??

Anonymous said...

Redhawk winery is one of oregons best kept secrets-tucked away its a small vinyard with great wines! lucky west salem............!

Anonymous said...

I AGREE-REDHAWK IS ONE OF WEST SALEMS BEST KEPT SECRETS-THE NEW OWNERS HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB! REDHAWK RED IS MY FAVORITE-A NICE CAB/MERLOT BLEND-HEARD IT WAS VOTED ONE OF THE TOP 10 WINES IN THE VALLEY-THE PRICE IS GREAT AS WELL!!