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A Blooming Hill Vineyard … Our Inspiration

Some days, standing at a particular spot in the vineyard where the light spills across the slope of Blooming Hill, it is possible to believe the world has just begun and life is full of promise. The soft sound of a breeze rustling the vines, the warm touch of sun on emerging fruit, sky as far off as anyone can see beyond the hills reminds us that there may be nothing quite so wonderful as the simple pleasures given us by nature. At A Blooming Hill Vineyard, we revel in the gift of working the land every day and that we are rewarded with its simple and elegant bounty.

This is our gift to you in every bottle of A Blooming Hill Vineyard wines.

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NEWS! OUR 2011 PINOT NOIR JUST WON ANOTHER GOLD! This one from the Northwest Food and Wine Festival. So exciting! That is a nice companion to the Double Gold from the Oregon Wine Awards.

Check out the new Wine Club page.

Our Tastings are now listed on CorkSharing's Website

A Blooming Hill Vineyard

5195 SW Hergert Rd.
Cornelius OR 97113

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:30 PM Monday - Thursday, by appointment

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We are located outside the small towns of Cornelius and Forest Grove, Oregon. If you decide to get directions from the web, we've discovered that most of the sites include a road that is closed: LaFollette Road. Just stay on 10th Avenue to Blooming Fern Hill Road and turn right. Stay on that to the flashing yellow light and turn left onto Hergert Road. A Blooming Hill Vineyard is the first driveway on the right. There's a big sign.

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Check this nice review on Yelp

Read a lovely blog review about us!

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We do live in Oregon where rain is a factor….In case the route to A Blooming Hill from Highway 47 is closed at Fern Hill, just stay on Hway 47 to Route 8, which is the next major intersection.  Turn right.  You will go into Cornelius and begin to see Blue Signs to A Blooming Hill.  Just follow the signs….for sticklers, turn right onto 10th Avenue, turn right onto Blooming Fern Hill Road, turn left at the flashing yellow light and we are the first driveway on the right.

Looking for a great great caterer in our area?

If so, we would highly recommend Reedville Catering.

A Third Video Is Available

I guarantee you will be impressed

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Harvesting the Grapes
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A Story of Our Winery
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We're In The News!

We now ship to ten locations. Check out the specifics.

Join Our Long-Distance Wine Club

We are excited to announce a new twist on our very popular Wine Club, available in Seattle on Groupon and, really, to anyone in the ten states we ship to…think about it as a holiday gift!  Price includes shipping.

$149 for One-Year Wine Club Membership at A Blooming Hill Vineyard ($250 Value). Members receive three bottles of award-winning wine three times throughout the year. The packages include notes written for each wine, recipes, and food pairing suggestions.

Look! We had Mrs. Oregon 2013 to brunch - here's a great story!

Here's a terrific interview we did in August on the local business show on kuik Hillsboro.


East Coast Foods Brunch.

Summer Half Gone?
NO! Plenty Left.

That said, it is hard to believe that July is over. I put up on Facebook an illustration with a caption that said “I thought getting older would take longer…” and the same sentiment should apply to summer. I thought it would last longer.

Every season has its bounty and we are lucky to fill up each one and have such a good time. Jim finished pulling leaves this week in the vineyard, exposing the ripening grapes to the sun while still protecting them from sunburn. He is waiting for bunch closure – when the berries all swell and make the bunches solid with luscious grapes. It will definitely be an early harvest again!

And while we wait…we have planned many wonderful activities for August beginning with music this weekend – Sunday – great jazz! AND, if you come in the later afternoon, you will get to meet Luke, our 18-month bonus great grandson. Now how can that be?? We haven’t actually met Luke so this will be exciting.

Then, Canines Uncorkednes on August 8th. Picture 50 or so dogs of every breed and dimension, all bringing their people who taste wine while the dogs share their stories – maybe literally since we will have a Pet Communicator on hand to help us bridge the language gap.& ALSO, I will be recording stories about how the dogs came by their names for possible inclusion in a book about how we name our pets – tentative title: Cueball, Eightball, Oddball. Has a certain ring to it!

Jason Perkins and Greg Adams will be here on the 8th, singing for their supper right along with the dogs. Next day, August 9th, Ron Sabin reappears with guitar and great voice.

There is more music all month long:

Saturday, August 15th - Val Blaha sings – lovely, folksong kinda voice

Sunday, August 16th – Ron Sabin

Sunday, August 23rd – Jazz with Jack and Bill

Sunday, August 30th – Jazz with Jack and Bill

Also happening this month, on Friday, August 14th, we are pouring wine at the Vintage Plaza Hotel Cocktail Hour.  If you are planning a trip to Portland, think about staying in this beautiful hotel! We will have another open mic storytelling evening on Saturday, August 29th at 6 PM. Bring your stories about Summer Loves and sit around in the Teahouse with us and tell them. We met a woman in the Tasting Room last week who actually came in second in one of the national storytelling events produced by The Moth (OPB Radio, Saturdays 7 PM) and I am SO HOPING she comes here and tells a story.

On August 27th, another great event for this end of the Willamette Valley – Taste of the North.  There will be 15 wineries pouring summer wines at the "Orenco Station Plaza from 4-7 PM. Music, tastes, a souvenir glass and food available from local food carts. We will be pouring our 2014 whites/blush and our 2009 Pinot Noir chilled.  It is delicious when chilled (also when not).

Finally, cast yourselves into the future onto A Blooming Hill Vineyard’s Wine Cruise in France! Next August 13-20 on a Viking ship, sipping great wines, eating great food, seeing legendary sites all with people who love the same things! Viking Cruises was just voted #1 River Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers because they have truly perfected the experiences that they offer. Anyone would fall in love with a European river cruise like this but a wine lover will appreciate it a deeper level. Our friend Terrie Little is putting this together for us and has details posted on this website:

Enough to keep you active all month? We hope so…with plenty of time to just sit and sip.  Oh, and one more thing…we’ve just added Virginia and Illinois as states to which we can ship (should have both permits in hand in a couple of weeks….).



Holly and Jim

As of July 1st, we add the state of Nevada to our list of ship to states...that makes lucky 13!


Big news! Jim's 2011 Pinot Noir took a DOUBLE GOLD in the Oregon Wine Awards. We are so proud.

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Jim with the winning wines.

Holly and Jim

We got married in 2006 under a beautiful teahouse that Jim built for us. We've known each other for over 40 years … Holly was a not very good secretary to Jim way back in New York in the television production business. Jim was known as "The Myth" for all he was able to accomplish. He ran a scrappy new company that was involved in such notables as Sesame Street and The Electric Company, many of the Central Park Concerts – from Barbra Streisand to George Shearing. Jim was even business manager for KISS! Holly spent her life raising money for good works and writing.

In 2006, after a lot of life had intervened (ask us, we'll tell you), a mutual friend threw his Cupid's darts and urged us to have lunch. We were both living in the Pacific Northwest by then, although 200 miles apart; Holly - a city girl, Jim - a farm boy. Holly drove down to Oregon, had a lovely lunch, drove home and told Jim he was terrific but geographically undesirable.

Jim was persistent….and, suddenly, there we were standing in a beautiful spot in the Willamette Valley getting married! It really is romantic owning a vineyard! Now we are a wedding destination.

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Award-winning Wines

The Latest News

The 2012 Pinot Noir has won a Silver medal in the New York International Wine Competition. We are very pleased as we believe this is an excellent wine. Over 1000 wins were tasted and less than 30% won medals. There were fourteen Pinot Noirs that won a Silver (none won Gold) and we were one of four from Oregon.

Our 2011 Pinot Noir has won two wonderful awards – a Double Gold in the Oregon Wine Awards and a Gold in the Northwest Food and Wine Festival!

Our Wines Currently Being Served in the Tasting Room

2013 Chardonnay – Crisp and creamy and yet you can taste the Oregon grape, with a lovely softness.

2012 Pinot Gris – Oregon’s Other Pinot! Ripe pear and melon – one of our best Gris yet! – Bronze Medal

2013 Pinot Gris – Lots of citrus, feels like velvet!

2013 Riesling – Semi-sweet start, luscious on the palate, followed by a pink grapefruit pop.

2013 Blush – All of our Blushes have a beautiful color, enough sweetness to bring a smile to your lips yet dry enough for the most sophisticated palate.


2013 Pinot Noir – To be officially released in November and already a crowd pleaser in early, stealth tastings!  All bing cherry and then a pause until a wonderful chocolate finish.  Its smoothness is unusual for such a young wine.

2012 Pinot Noir – Bold, rich raspberry, tobacco. Very smooth.  The 2012 Pinot Noir won a Silver medal in the New York International Wine Competition. We are very pleased as we believe this is an excellent wine. Over 1000 wins were tasted and less than 30% won medals. There were fourteen Pinot Noirs that won a Silver (none won Gold) and we were one of four from Oregon.

2011 Pinot Noir – So smooth. Fruit forward and a very long finish.  This is our newest STAR with a Double Gold in the Oregon Wine Awards, a Gold in the Northwest Food and Wine Festival, another Gold in the Pacific Northwest Invitational; and two Silvers – the American Wine Society and the Pinot Noir Shootout in Sonoma!

2010 Pinot Noir – The taste of strawberries in chocolate with a smooth, smooth finish.  This is a wine to enjoy now and well into the future.  Here’s what Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar says:  “Bright ruby-red. Spice-accented blackberry, cherry, anise and lavender on the nose. Sweet and plump, with jicy cherry and dark berry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Finishes on a lively, refreshingly bitter berry skin note, with supple tannins coming on late.”  Three Silver Medals.

2009 Pinot Noir –Each year produces a different Pinot. 2009 was a wonderful year of abundant bunches of plump, sweet fruit.  The wine echoes this with a mild cherry/raspberry taste that is smooth to the palate and complements all foods and occasions.  We think this one is peaking right now.  Bronze Medal.

2008 Pinot Noir Reserve – Our first star! This vintage was spectacular all across the Willamette Valley and ours is right up there in the firmament having won four awards. This wonderful 2008 Pinot noir got a really nice review from Burghound, the bible for Burgundy and Pinot noir and 89 points! If you are interested in widening your knowledge of those wines, look at this publication if you don't already:. Since only subscribers see the reviews, I am quoting it right here:

"A very pretty nose combines notes of red cherry, raspberry and a hint of cranberry that marry into nicely rich and round middle weight flavors that possess good mid-palate concentration with fine volume on the balanced if mildly somber finish that avoids any hint of austerity. This well-made effort is not especially refined but it offers fine depth."

VXX – Our very special Pinot in the Port-style.  We had four barrels distilled to 160 proof and then blended that back into eight barrels of our Double Gold 2011 Pinot Noir, and raised the sugar with Pinot Noir concentrate.  It is pure Pinot Noir grape and incredibly smooth.  Deep, deep berry and raisin flavors give this a decadent elegance.

Still Available in Limited Quantities

2011 Pinot Gris –a fruity wine with delicate tastes of bright sunshine and citrus, luscious pear and with a long, licorice-stick finish.  Serve this versatile wine with salads, fish, chicken.  Great with hors d’oeuvres. – Silver Medal.

2011 Riesling –Gold leaf and quartz help to define the minerality in this sweet-earth luscious and dry wine.  Silver Medal.

2012 Riesling – This one surprised us by sparkling…available only in the Tasting Room and it must be kept chilled.  Drink it pretty soon after you buy it!  Special $9/bottle price.

2010 Mingle – Still a favorite.  Dry and layered tastes.  Great with hors d’oeuvres.

2012 Blush – A nice dry, Blush.  Both of our Blushes are great complements for Thanksgiving turkey.