Deep rooted in family tradition, our family first planted in the Willamette Valley in the 1940's, started Scenic Valley Farms in 1970, and is now run by the third generation. Today, along with grapes we harvest pears, hazelnuts, clover, garlic, wheat, grass seed and hops. The wines at Scenic Valley are grown in our estate vineyards and handcrafted in our estate winery. Our goal with every vintage is to represent our fruit to the highest quality and make wines our friends can enjoy.
Brian Zielinski, Farm & Vineyard Manager
Brian represents the 3rd generation of the Zielinski family farm. A graduate of Oregon State in 2006, Brian manages daily operations of Scenic Valley, as well as his Hare Vineyard in South Salem. Married with four small kiddos he's always working, it's just a matter of where; home, farm or out in the vineyard. Consequently he very much looks forward to lunches at home and barrel sampling days in the winery.
Bob Zielinski established our original vines in 2008. The alluvial soils deposited by the Missoula floods provide great nutrition for three acres of Pinot Gris, one acre of Grüner Veltliner along with Chardonnay, Gamay, Tempranillo and Dolcetto.
Brian purchased the 35-acre South Salem Hills site in 2015. Originally planted in 1998 to six acres of pinot noir, the winery has since planted five more acres of Pinot Noir and one acre of Pinot Meunier. It features red clay Jory & Nekkia soil and sits on a south-facing slope at 800 feet of elevation.
Gabriel Jagle, Winemaker
Gabriel was mentored in winemaking by Brad Ford, Russ Raney, and Barney Watson. His fruit is hand-picked, fermented in small lots with house yeast and wild yeast, then aged primarily in Oregon Oak and Stainless Steel. He uses many natural winemaking techniques, but also enjoys tinkering with chemistry and various outdated technologies. All of his wines are hand-filtered (or unfiltered) and hand-bottled.