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Historic facility undergoes a multi-million-dollar reconstruction and is set to open Jan. 15.

COURTESY PHOTO: REX HILL WINERY - Rex Hill Winery unveiled its reconstructed tasting room on Jan. 15, following a multi-million-dollar renovation undertaken over the past year.

A Newberg winery has undergone an extensive facelift and wants to share the good news.

Rex Hill Winery unveiled its reconstructed tasting room on Jan. 15, following a multi-million-dollar renovation over the past year. Characterized in a press release as the winery's new "hospitality center," the facility was designed by Ernie Munch of MAP Architecture with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide visitors with an expansive view of the Chehalem Valley from its location adjacent to Highway 99W.

"We're thrilled to invite guests to experience our exciting new space," Cheryl Francis, winemaker and founder of A to Z Wineworks, said. "We've wanted to renovate the tasting room since we bought Rex Hill in 2007 to connect the vineyards more closely with the winery and honor the legacy afresh with a design that seamlessly unites the old and the new."COURTESY PHOTO: REX HILL WINERY - Architect Ernie Munch of MAP Architecture designed the tasting room with floor to ceiling windows to give patrons an expansive view of the Chehalem Valley.

Over the past decade, the release said, A to Z Wineworks has constructed a campus around Rex Hill Winery, which opened in 1983 in a fruit- and nut-drying barn that dates back to the early 20th century.

"The tunnels, originally used to move drying fruit and the site of many a convivial wine dinner over the years, have been beautifully incorporated into the innovative design," the release said.

The new tasting room was constructed by The Grant Company and features an Oregon white oak tasting bar topped in white quartz. The ceilings are of open beam Douglas fir construction and a "large fireplace creates a warm welcome, with inviting modern wood and leather furnishings for guests," the release said.

Reservations for tastings on the patio adjacent to the new facility are available and will continue until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and guests can experience the tasting room once again.


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