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