True to Our Roots
Grown, harvested, and bottled in the heart of the most prominent appellation in Oregon, the Willamette Valley, our Duck Pond wines embody and reflect a true commitment to farming sustainably and organically - as we have for over 25 years. Now part of The Great Oregon Wine Company & Distillery, we will continue our legacy of using traditional winemaking techniques to craft pure, estate-grown, natural wines, and staying true to our roots.
A Legacy of Quality
Duck Pond Cellars opened its doors on Memorial Weekend in 1993 and has grown to be one of the most recognized Oregon wine brands.. After moving from California’s Central Valley, longtime farmers and wine enthusiasts, Doug & Jo Ann Fries purchased land along the Willamette River in Dundee where they planted a hazelnut orchard as well as a 13-acre vineyard. Initially focused on Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, the winery has grown to own and farm three vineyards in Oregon and makes around 50,000 cases of wine a year, recently adding a Willamette Valley Chardonnay to the line-up.
In 2018, the Fries Family handed over the keys to The Great Oregon Wine Company, who had been purchasing grapes on and off from them prior to acquiring the Duck Pond brand. The quality of the estate vineyards and the fruit produced are unparalleled in the Willamette Valley and continues to be reflected in the quality of the wines produced.
Stewards of the Land
As responsible stewards of the land, we believe in leaving a place better than we found it, which is why every sale of Duck Pond Cellars wine supports the Wetlands Conservancy. Wetlands are vital to the health of our environment which contributes to our overall well being. They clean and restore our water supply; provide critical fish and wildlife habitats; and protect our communities from flooding. The Wetlands Conservancy is a leader in Oregon wetland conservation. Since 1981, they have worked to protect Oregon’s greatest wetlands through conservation, collaboration & stewardship.
Duck Pond Cellars has also partnered with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Service for the past seven years. Each limited edition wine from our Conservation Cuvee Wine Series features a local artist, combining our love of the environment with our love of community and the arts. Each painting represented on these labels is voted for by our community every November. For each bottle sold, $5 is donated to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Conservation Program.
Oregon's rich and varied landscape supports an amazing diversity of wildlife. Our state is home to about 600 vertebrate species of nongame wildlife―animals that are not fished, trapped or hunted. ODFW's Conservation Program is chartered with serving this large nongame population through management and conservation programs. The program also seeks to inform, to educate and to enhance recreational opportunities involving wildlife. Shop the collection here>>
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