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Shallon Winery

1598 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103-3707
+1 503-325-5978
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A unique experience. Worth the drive and time.

Buying wine here is not just shopping, it's an experience. I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2015
ReadySet N
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Seattle, Washington
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Appointment needed. Owner will tell you to leave if you do not have an appointment.

Went to this winery during business hours and found door locked and a note on door saying doorbell... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2015
BuckSaltyDog
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Brookings, Oregon
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Shallon Winery is a very small, one-man operation that is open every afternoon, one to six PM, and has been for over 35 years. It, therefore, has to specialize in unique products unavailable elsewhere, such as totally wild berry wines, whey wines, Lemon Meringue Pie wine, and, Chocolate Orange wine. It is a working, functioning winery, not a wine shop.The winemaker prefers a one on one relation with his guests, which entails a brief visit and explanation in the wine making room, followed by tasting all the wines available in a sequence. Local historical information is usually included in the presentation. This visit may run from a minimum of a half hour to an hour or more depending on questions and conversation. Unfortunately, the winery can not afford to entertain larger groups, and frequently is closed to the walk-in public during the days of cruise ship arrivals. However, serious individuals or couples may call during the day for a suggestion for the best time, or just call the number when at the door, if it is not open.
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1598 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103-3707
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Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

Buying wine here is not just shopping, it's an experience. I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't understand that or read up on this place before going. The 90 year old chemist that runs this fine establishment does so with love and pride, his wines...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2015

Went to this winery during business hours and found door locked and a note on door saying doorbell broken (see attached pic). The note said to call a number and we thought owner must have stepped out. An hour later we came back and door...More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2015

Since everyone seems to have a cellphone,, my sign on the door says “Will be either working or giving a presentation; please call (the number); I will either open immediately – or tell you how many minutes.” I remember that particular day in which the...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2015

This vintner takes the time to fully explain his operation and to get to know the customer. He has been in the business many years and has developed a few very unique wines which are different. He stated that he has no interest in producing...More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2015

Thank you for your unbiased description of my very small winery. And thanks for bringing out the “social” aspect. It makes me realize that is about my only social life in 35 years, but with over 60,000 guests.

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Reviewed 2 September 2015

This is our fourth visit to the winery and each time it was a pleasure! Paul has hand crafted wines like none that you have ever tasted! NOTE: Only go to the Shallon Winery if you have adequate time to savor the wines and listen...More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2015

Thank you for posting such a nice review, and especially for returning to visit after at least twenty years.

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Reviewed 26 July 2015

Came here today with my boyfriend. Mr. van der Veldt is bursting with knowledge, very observant and quick witted He is a man of his craft, an expert in the science and art of winemaking. It was great fun and I loved the history lesson....More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2015

Thank you very much.

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Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

Was looking forward to visiting this winery on our trip to the coast but were turned away because there were too many people tasting? Try again later is wheat we were told. Don't waste your time going unless you know there is room.More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2015

It pains me not to be able to accommodate each guest that takes the trouble to visit my very small winery. I am a one-man operation; after 35 years and 60,000 visitors, I still like to devote my entire attention at one time to each...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2015

I had heard I couldn't miss a visit to Shallon Winery in Astoria, but did not expect it to be my favorite part of the day. This was definitely my favorite wine tasting experience ever. Shallon Winery is a one-man operation. We were lucky enough...More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Thank you for the descriptions of your experience. And, this is another time "quirky" has been used; I'm getting used to it, and it is OK.

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Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit this lovely specialty winery.Paul van der Veldt is the wine maker. His claim to fame is being on the forefront of making chocolate wine. It was a treat to experience tasting his berry wines and...More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Thank you for the comments; it was a pleasant relaxed afternoon. However, for anyone reading this, I must advise not to inquire for an appointment in advance. Just call the number from nearby - or at the door - to see if one may be...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2015

Shallon winery has peach, apple cinnamon, cranberry/whey and the best chocolate wine in the world in their tasting. Seriously, every other chocolate wine on the market should have "pretend" in front of its name. This is a one man operation with all wine made on...More

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Thanks for your comments. This is the second time "quirky" has been used. Had to look up in the dictionary again. O.K. I guess so.

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Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

Fine local wine that is all produced right here in river city downtown Astoria. Awesome. This is a fine example of what can be done, and should be showcased do much more than it actually is. Kudos for a job well done .

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PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2015

Thank you, and thanks for bringing up the "no taxpayer money financed." Need that encouragement.

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happyhome
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Response from PAUL V | Property representative |
Thanks for inquiring. OPEN EVERY SINGLE AFTERNOON FROM ONE TO 4 OR 5 PM. You must dial the number at the door.
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