Willamette Valley, Oregon
The American Dream.
Grace and Ken Evenstad first arrived and settled in the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley in 1989. At that time, the couple had spent over 20 years together in Minnesota building a successful business, a loving family, and a deep appreciation for the wines of Burgundy. The Evendstads had faith in Oregon early on, before there was a national market for domestic Pinot Noir. When the time came to pursue their logntime dream of growing and producing world class Pinot Noir, they invested in a 42 acre hilltop estate that had just been logged int he beautiful Dundee Hills of Oregon. With the support of their family - and to the surprise of many of their friends in Minnesota - the Evenstads established Domaine Serene, effectively creating Oregon's luxury wine industy. They named the winery after their daughter, Serene, and their first vineyard on the estate was named after their son, Mark Bradford Evenstad.
Today, Domaine Serene produces Pinot Noir from six vineyard estates, spanning three Willamette Valley AVAs, and Chardonnay solely from high elevations in the Dundee Hills. In 2001, the Evenstads completed construction of the picturesque, state-of-the-art, five-level, gravity flow winery specifically designed to make world class Pinot Noir. Their sustainable vineyard management and winemaking practices are intended to maximize the quality of the wines and to ensure complex, balanced and elegant wines that are age-worthy.