Napa Valley is the heart of West Coast Wine Country, but the verdant hills of Dayton, Oregon, are also home to a beloved family vineyard and much more. Red Ridge Farms, an idyllic refuge, allows visitors a respite from the harried pace of city life and an opportunity to sample fruits of the vine and the olive grove. Penny and Ken Durant founded Red Ridge Farms almost four decades ago. The couple opted to leave big-city life for country quietude and to teach their children the value of stewardship of the land.
From its origins as a small vineyard, the property has grown to include an olive orchard, lavender fields, a greenhouse, a country store, and quarters for overnight visitors. The Durants’ son, Paul, a co-owner of the farm and an olive-oil miller, is firmly entrenched in the family business and is instilling in his daughters a love of the land. Guests can experience the farm—with its orderly rows of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris grapevines—for a day, or they can linger to rejuvenate body and soul in one of two retreats on the picturesque property.
Wine grapes fully develop their complex flavors in the temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest.
The Red Ridge Farms gift shop offers an array of products, including olive oils made at the property’s Oregon Olive Mill.
The greenhouse nurtures young cultivars and showcases a variety of plants available for purchase.
Raised beds create a sense of order amidst riotous blooms of perennial favorites, such as coneflower and lavender.
To learn more about this sensory experience, see “A Sojourn for the Senses,” on page 61 of the July/August 2014 issue of Victoria magazine.