Willamette Valley Vineyards winery restaurant coming to Lake Oswego
Oregon's Willamette Valley Vineyards is planning to open its first Oregon winery restaurant in Lake Oswego.
"Lake Oswego is one of our best neighborhood communities for high-quality wine in Oregon," said Jim Bernau, founder and CEO, adding that staff did an analysis to locate the best area to open the winery restaurant in Oregon and found that more than 1,000 shareholders — the vineyard is owned by about 19,000 shareholders — and club members were within less than 15 minutes of the downtown Lake Oswego location.
The winery restaurant will be located off State Street and Highway 43 in Oswego Village adjacent to Whole Foods.
Three other winery restaurants will follow Lake Oswego's opening over the next two years in Vancouver, Happy Valley and Bend.
The Lake Oswego location will feature outdoor patio space with a firepit and just over 3,500 square feet of interior space. The restaurant will offer Northwest cuisine, wine lockers, retail wine purchases and a private wine cellar dining room.
Bernau said he considers this location a "community-based winery" where people can engage in wine and food pairing education. Customers also will be able to pick up wine club orders rather than wait for their delivery.
Willamette Valley Vineyards has other locations, but none offer the full restaurant dining services that will be offered in Lake Oswego.
"This site is very special," Bernau said.
Development Manager Carrisa Stroh said they are looking for volunteers and employees.
"We need a lot of talent to help us operate this winery restaurant," Stroh said. "It's part of our DNA to involve wine enthusiasts in what we do."
The winery restaurant currently is in the beginning of the construction phase of buildout and will likely open this winter.
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