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Chemeketa Cellars is Educational

The Wine Studies program at Chemeketa Community College has an 8-acre vineyard, and a fully functioning estate teaching winery on premise. Each sip of wine from Chemeketa Cellars, represents the hands-on training that happens here.

Chemeketa Cellars is Experimental

Every lot of Chemeketa Cellars' wine is a lesson for our student winemakers to learn. Winemaking is one of the oldest trades in the world and that means there is much to learn over a lifetime of practice. All classes taught and wines produced at Chemeketa Cellars are done so under the tutelage of professional wine instructors.

Chemeketa Cellars is Exclusive

Every student is different, and so is every class. Each class has the autonomy to choose its winemaking direction. Experimentation is encouraged and stewarded by our Winemaking Instructor into each vintage of Chemeketa Cellars wine. All of the wines are limited edition vintages, and bottled in small quantity. Every class has a new edition to offer to the Chemeketa Cellars wine portfolio

Chemeketa Cellars is Environmentally Conscious

Terroir is a term people often hear when discussing wine, but what does it mean? Terroir is a French term that literally translated means soil or earth. The concept of terroir is broader than that though and includes all of the environmental aspects that affect a wine including climate, topoography, soil, and farming practices. Each of these aspects imparts a certain flavor or characteristic into wine. Therefore it stands to reason, that Chemeketa Cellars and its Wine Studies program spend a lot of time providing TLC to their vineyard and winery. One way that Chemeketa Cellars ensures it is doing the best it possibly can in terms of sustainable and environmentally friendly agridultural practices is to secure LIVE certification. Beyond that, LIVE is headquartered at the Northwest Wine Studies Center, further solidifying the Center's commitment to continuting environmental education and advocacy.

Chemeketa Cellars is Eventful

A bustling winery. Classrooms and labs full of students. Industry meetings. Wine Club happenings. One thing's for certain—Chemeketa Cellars has got a lot going on. Sign up for Chemeketa Cellars' Wine Club to keep tabs on all of the events taking place at Oregon's innovative student operated winery.

Wine Studies Program

Wine Studies at Chemeketa offers a hands-on continuing education and degree program focusing on all aspects of wine from grape to glass. Our own on-site vineyard and winery provides students an opportunity to learn the depth and breadth of vineyard management and winemaking – from the growing of the grape, to harvesting, chemistry, production, and the selling of the wine. The Wine Studies program is located at The Northwest Wine Studies Center which is a leading wine industry resource that emphasizes strong alliances with the Northwest wine industry. It is also home to the tasting room for Chemeketa Cellars.

Northwest Wine Studies Center

The Northwest Wine Studies Center is a leading wine industry resource that provides continuing education and degree programs in all aspects of wine from grape to glass. The center emphasizes strong alliances with the Northwest wine industry, associated educational institutions, and the community. The Center is located in Salem, Oregon on the Eola campus of Chemeketa Community College. Salem is the state capital and is centrally located in the middle of state’s largest AVA, the Willamette Valley.

The Northwest Wine Studies Center is the home of Chemeketa Cellars, the student run winery of the Wine Studies program at Chemeketa Community College. The Center houses the Tasting Room for Chemeketa Cellars, and is open to the public for tours, tasting and wine sales. When the Center is not in use for educational purposes, the contemporary design and majestic views make its conference space a popular private event venue.

Tasting Room

A visit to the Chemeketa Cellars tasting room is really where the magic happens. Students of the Wine Studies program operate the tasting room, offer tours, and share their knowledge about each of the wines currently being poured. It is a wonderful experience to sit with the winemakers themselves and learn the stories behind their studies and what influences their decision to make wine in Oregon. There is nowhere else in Oregon like the tasting room at the Northwest Wine Studies Center—it's a feast for all of your senses. Bring your friends and family—and come share in the bounty of the Willamette Valley with us.

Wine Club

Introducing the Chemeketa Cellars Wine Club! For the first time since the opening of the Northwest Wine Studies Center in 1999, the student maintained vineyard and student operated winery are officially opening their doors to the general public. Every wine made at Chemeketa Cellers is made in small quantities—with each graduating class of students—producing their own wine. Why is that important? Because every wine made at Chemeketa Cellars is highly limited and only available for a small window of time. In the past, you had to be in the know in order to snag a few bottles for your cellar. With the introduction of Chemeketa Cellars' Wine Club, members have first rights to the new releases. There are many other perks, but, like the wines, membership is limited so be sure to sign up before the wait list begins!