In 1984 Bob and Betty McKinney cleared the property that is now known as Elhanan Vineyard, planting some of the original Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vines in the South Willamette Valley. Over the next ten years they planted a total of 20,000 vines on a 35-acre plot. The vineyard is rooted in Jory and Willakenzie soils, and sits on a southeast facing slope with a peak elevation of 700 feet. The vineyard consists of the following varietals: 7 acres - White Riesling, 13 acres - Pinot Gris, 12 acres - Pinot Noir, 2 acres - Early Muscat, and 1 acre - Gewurztraminer.
Chris and Erin Sarver are originally from Michigan. They moved to Oregon in 2007 in pursuit of their dreams of making wine. Chris and Erin are longtime owners of the Lake Superior Brewing Company in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and used their brewing and restaurant experience to launch their new endeavour: making boutique, expressive wines in the acclaimed Willamette Valley. Fast forward to 2019 and the winery is bustling with a lively tasting room, a 5,000 square foot winery where a multitude of fine wines are carefully tended to, and a glorious vista from which to take it all in.
Chris Sarver and David Hook are the winemakers at Sarver Winery. The company produces between three and four thousand cases annually. Our estate wines include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Early Muscat, and Gewurztraminer. In addition to the estate wines, Sarver purchases grapes from both Washington and Southern Oregon for the production of Chardonnay and red varietals from around the region. Sarver Winery uses their grapes to make both single varietals, signature blends, rosé, sparkling wines, and port-influenced dessert wines.
The tasting room, perched on a hill overlooking the vineyard and Three Sister Mountain Range, is open daily from 12-6, 12-9 on Fridays, and 12-8 on Saturdays. Sarver Winery hosts a robust wine club, where information can be found on our website. In addition to the wines, Sarver serves an array of cheeses, breads, charcuterie, and accoutrements, provides live entertainment from the patio with food carts every Friday during summer, and an assortment of other events and music throughout the year.