It was thirty years ago when Don and Wendy Lange moved into the hills above Dundee and became one of the early-established wineries in the state of Oregon. Today, they and second-generation winemaker Jesse Lange are commemorating this anniversary by breaking ground on a new tasting room to better accommodate continued growth in Willamette Valley wine country traffic.
The addition will not only increase space for hosting casual and private seated tastings, but it includes plans for a larger laboratory footprint, room for production to expand, and an opportunity for more food and wine experiences with a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen.
The Lange’s are working with Portland based Holah Design + Architecture, a firm the family selected for its commitment to bringing-to-life ideas that are rooted in the Pacific Northwest. Plus, the two companies have a history. In the mid-2000’s, the Lange’s partnered with the team at Holah Design to construct their West Wing building – a second barrel room and formal tasting room, as well as administrative offices.
Working in concert with the Lange’s and Holah Design is O’Brien & Company, a design/build construction firm that specializes in wineries and utilizes green construction. They pride themselves on understanding the dream of their clients to “live and work in your passion.” This characteristic is of particular importance as Don & Wendy have lived onsite since they first opened the tasting room in their basement in 1987.
With the hopes of a fall 2017 launch, the hospitality wing will add on significant square footage in the form of an elegant tasting hall, accompanied by a large deck overlooking older blocks of the estate vineyard with Mount Hood peeking out in the distance.
Visitors to Oregon’s wine country may see the construction in person this summer as Lange Estate Winery’s Tasting Room remains open daily from 11am to 5pm for both classic tastings, as well as tours and private seated tastings.
For more information, visit www.langewinery.com or call 503-538-6476.