Weisinger Family Winery produces wine from fruit grown in the Bear Creek Valley around Ashland, Oregon. Located in the Rogue Valley Appellation of southern Oregon, the Bear Creek Valley is home to many grape varietals such as Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Weisinger Family Winery produces many of these wines, as well as Pinot Noir, our signature Gewürztraminer and proprietary Bordeaux blends such as Claret and Petit Pompadour.
Founder, John Weisinger planted the first wine grapes in Ashland in 1979. In early 1988, construction on the first winery in Ashland began and in the fall the first commercial wines were produced. In the spring of 1989 John opened his tasting room and the winery has been welcoming guests year-round ever since.
Born and raised in Texas, John Weisinger moved to Oregon in the early 1970's to pursue a dream of making wine. In early 1978, John purchased a small farm on the south end of Ashland, Oregon and that summer, with the help of his three children Eric (9), Annie (8), and Sarah (4), planted a small vineyard of Gewurztraminer. In the spring of 1988, John started construction on the winery and by the fall of that year the winery was ready for its commercial "crush." John made all the Weisinger wines from 1988 until 1997 when he passed on the winemaking responsibility to his son Eric. As a child and young man, Eric did everything from planting grapes to assisting with winemaking duties. After graduating from college and a year studying in Europe, Eric took over as winemaker, while John focused on the administrative side of the winery as the business grew.
After the 2006 harvest Eric left the winery to expand his horizons in the wine industry by traveling and working in New Zealand, Australia, and California. Upon his return to the Rogue Valley, Eric began working as a winemaker for the family winery again as well as traveling to New Zealand each year for harvest, but gets home in time for the beginning of the growing season here in Oregon. John, now retired, lives part time in Texas with his wife, Janie, while Eric runs the family business.
Weisinger Family Winery produces small lot, limited production craft wines. We believe great wines are made in the vineyard and as a result manage nearly all the vineyards we produce wine from. Our goal is to allow the terroir of each vineyard to carry through to the finished wine. By keeping wine lots small, and segregated by vineyard, we are able to let the characteristics of each vineyard site express themselves.
All of our fruit for our wines are either grown on the estate or sourced from vineyards located within five miles of the winery. We believe some of the best grapes in our region are grown in the Bear Creek Valley around the city of Ashland. The geology of the Bear Creek Valley is some of the most diverse in Oregon, with bands of granite, sandstone, and clay often in the same vineyard. All of the aspects of the soil, slope and altitude come together to create our unique terroir.