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Glass and concrete facility looks out over the Dundee hills on Worden Hill Road

GARY ALLEN - Manager Jim Maguire (left) and Giorgio Furioso, owner of Furioso Vineyards, celebrate opening of new wine lounge and tasting room on Worden Hill Road near Dundee.

With Italian roots and childhood memories of his grandfather and family making wine in their basement, Giorgio Furioso purchased Juliard Vineyard in 2014 to start what he thought would be a small venture. This month Furioso Vineyards is releasing its first pinot noir, an event coupled with the opening of a new lounge-style wine tasting room on Warden Hill Road near Dundee.

"My grandfather in Italy made wine and when we immigrated first to Montreal and then New York, they continued making wine there," Furioso said. "We never did it as a commercial endeavor and when I got to a certain part of my life where I thought I could do a small project somewhere, I started looking around and some friends of mine had come to Oregon and said, 'You should come to Oregon. You should take a look.' When I got here, I fell in love with it."

What started out as a small project grew into something much larger than he envisioned. Before Furioso purchased the Juliard Vineyard in 2015, he had already purchased 80 acres of land in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in 2014. They cleared about 36 acres of that land and planted 22.5 acres in vines; the vineyard should start bearing fruit soon.

As a result, Furioso needed more room because of the increase in case production between the two vineyards. The decision was to increase the size and excavate the land and add a tasting room in modern Northwest architectural style with high glass walls. The room provides a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

"I love modern architecture, but as modern as we might want to make it, I want to keep the vocabulary of the Northwest design," Furioso said.

They added a barrel room with a glass ceiling area, so while sitting in the tasting room the views of the barrel are at one's feet.

Furioso, 70, was an art professor at Ohio University and has a passion for art. He has been collecting art since he was a teenager. Part of his collection is lined on the pastel colored fabric walls. Furioso is also an artist at heart and continues to create his own artwork. He started a series of portraits of the vineyard staff to display in the tasting room as well.

The lounge opened May 1 and hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. On May 25, the tasting room will expand its hours to be open daily. Furioso Vineyards is located on 8415 N.E. Worden Hill Road.

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