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Bridgeview Vineyards & Winery

Bridgeview Vineyards & Winery Lelo and Bob Kerivan first started shaking up the Oregon wine industry in 1986, when they converted a 75-acre field in Southern Oregon's Illinois Valley to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris grapes. "You're crazy!" exclaimed experienced growers, for Lelo and Bob planted dense rows of vines only six feet apart, instead of the usual 12 that prevails in the United States. "You can't fit a tractor through the rows," the naysayers continued. The Kerivans not only ignored the criticism, but ventured further from typical American grape-growing practices, pruning each vine to allow just 20 buds, instead of the usual 60 to 80. To outsiders, the couple looked like rebels without a cause. But in fact, the "rebellious" Kerivans were acting on carefully researched plans that were deeply rooted in European tradition. Lelo had grown up in Germany, where dense planting of vineyards is a centuries-old practice. When she and Bob, a Miami air freight executive, decided to retire in the Illinois Valley in 1979 ("the fishing was excellent"), Lelo recognized the region's potential for growing European varietals. "Every German dreams of having a vineyard," laughs Lelo. Her hobby soon outgrew the two-acre yard, and the Kerivans purchased the adjacent field to create Bridgeview Vineyard and Winery. Lelo's son René arrived from Germany in 1980 to play a hands-on role in the family business. The rebels' approach turned out to be right. Almost overnight, Bridgeview sprang to prominence in the Oregon wine world. Today, the winery has a storage capacity of 300,000+ gallons and a production capacity of 100,000+ cases, which makes Bridgeview one of the largest wineries in Oregon. Bridgeview produces: moderately priced, gracious wines in the varietals of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Riesling. Bridgeview is most famous for their line of "Blue Moon" Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other lines include Black Beauty Merlot and a Premium line that includes Reserve Pinot Gris and Reserve Pinot Noir.

From the Coast Travel North on Highway 199 east to Cave Junction. Turn right on Caves Highway (Hwy 46) toward the Oregon Caves. Follow Caves Highway east 1.7 miles to Holland Loop Road. Turn Right on Holland Loop Road. Continue on Holland Loop Road approx. 2 miles. Bridgeview is located at 4210 Holland Loop Road. From Interstate-5 From I-5, exit at Grants Pass exit 55 or 58 and take the 199 Redwood Hwy. west to Cave Junction. Turn left onto Caves Highway (Hwy 46) towards the Oregon Caves. Follow Caves Highway East 1.7 miles to Holland Loop Road. Turn right on Holland Loop Road. Continue on Holland Loop Road 2 miles. Bridgeview is located at 4210 Holland Loop Road.

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4210 Holland Loop Road, Cave Junction, OR, US, 97523 Email:
Phone: 877-273-4843 Web:
Fax: 541-592-2127
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  Cabernet Franc
  Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes for this wine were grown in Southern Oregon's Illinois Valley. The wine was barrel aged in 100% French oak and shows dark ruby color with bright, up-front, fruity characteristics (like black cherry) with some currant. This Cabernet Sauvignon finishes rich and gentle. Works well with rich pasta dishes.
This off-dry Gewürztraminer is a versatile wine, which is a great accompaniment to many foods, especially Asian dishes. It is a spicy, flavorful wine with a touch of sweetness and balanced acidity, which produces a lingering clean finish.
  La Cave Rouge
  NV Early Muscat
  Pinot Noir
This medium dry Riesling shows some great fresh grapefruit aromas that reflect in the mouth, with just a hint of honey in the finish. A very versatile wine that goes well with slightly spicy dishes or just by itself.


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