Champoeg Wine Cellars is located southwest of Portland, Oregon in the historical Champoeg State Park region of the north Willamette River Valley. Established in 1990 and opening to the public in the Fall of 1992,
our ambition is to produce premium Oregon wines at everyday enjoyable prices.
Winery construction began the summer of 1992 with additional crush and storage space completed in 1993. Current winery capacity is 15,000 gallons in tank and 3500 gallons in barrel. Varietals produced include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling with selective lots of Pinot Noir Rose and Port style wines.
Tasting room windows invite visitors to view both vineyard and winery activities while enjoying the comfortable surroundings. Champoeg Wine Cellars offers tastings and tours, case discounts, and picnic facilities.
Champoeg Vineyard is planted on the south facing slope of a small hill known as "La Butte" overlooking the beautiful French Prairie. With elevations ranging from 200 to 450 feet, the southern exposure provides the warmth and sunlight needed to ripen grapes to their fullest potential. Planting began on the twenty acre site in 1974 with Pinot Noir. Soon after followed Chardonnay and White Riesling. In 1990, Pinot Gris was added to the vineyard.
The name Champoeg, pronounced
"Sham-POO-ee (historically Shamp-POO-eg)", is a derivative of the French and Kalapuyan Native American languages of the early 1800's. A "poeg" or "pooitch" was the Native American term for the Camas flower bulb. Every fall the roots were dug in large quantities to be eaten as a starch during the winter. The prefix "cham", meaning field, is derived from the predominantly French settlers of the era. Thus the name Champoeg means "the field of the camas roots".