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Shallon Winery

1598 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103-3707
+1 503-325-5978
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This was our third visit to Shallon Winery and it was an excellent experience. We look forward to... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Ronald W
via mobile
A Truly Unique Experience

We had been referred by a friend and told it was both a unique experience and wine. After reading... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Kize68
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Kalama, Washington
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Shallon Winery is a very small, one-man operation that is open every afternoon, one to six PM, and has been for over 35 years. It, therefore, has to specialize in unique products unavailable elsewhere, such as totally wild berry wines, whey wines, Lemon Meringue Pie wine, and, Chocolate Orange wine. It is a working, functioning winery, not a wine shop.The winemaker prefers a one on one relation with his guests, which entails a brief visit and explanation in the wine making room, followed by tasting all the wines available in a sequence. Local historical information is usually included in the presentation. This visit may run from a minimum of a half hour to an hour or more depending on questions and conversation. Unfortunately, the winery can not afford to entertain larger groups, and frequently is closed to the walk-in public during the days of cruise ship arrivals. However, serious individuals or couples may call during the day for a suggestion for the best time, or just call the number when at the door, if it is not open.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“fruit wines” (4 reviews)
“one man show” (3 reviews)
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1598 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103-3707
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+1 503-325-5978
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This was our third visit to Shallon Winery and it was an excellent experience. We look forward to this visit all year long and never have been disappointed. Paul is a type of person you may meet once in your lifetime and count your blessings...More

Thank Ronald W
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2017

Thanks for your kind words, and thanks so very much for your return visits. After 37 years and 77 thousand visitors, one quarter are return guests; the joy of my life.

Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

We had been referred by a friend and told it was both a unique experience and wine. After reading the web site, we were even more intrigued. Paul is a one man show so you call the number at the door and if he's in,...More

1  Thank Kize68
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Paul is running this business all on his own and we are always amazed. His wines are great and truly one of a kind. He takes his time and truly shows interest in getting to know you. We love his stories about his wine and...More

Thank Avery M
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2016

Thank you for writing the kind words on your second visit. How would I feel if no one ever returned? Am also particularly thankful for the invariable graciousness of all my Canadian guests.

Reviewed 18 June 2016

Paul is the draw here. He will ask you how much time you have to spend and will adjust his talk accordingly. We were there around 90 minutes. When we first called him from his front door he was busy, so after we set a...More

1  Thank LetsGoDen
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2016

Thanks for taking the time to return that day, and taking the time to review - and for commenting on the unique little restaurant next door.

Reviewed 7 June 2016

It may not be super easy to get in here but if you are lucky enough to meet Paul, you will walk away with so much more than great wine. We actually felt honored to be in his presence. With so much knowledge and humor...More

1  Thank Melody B
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2016

Thanks kindly for your exuberant review. It cheers me more than some of the others. Thankfully, I was not grumpy or rude that day.

Reviewed 4 February 2016

Sign on the door said open 1-2:30 and 4-6, not 12-5 daily. No worries! It was 1:18. So, we called the number on the door as the door was locked so we followed instructions. "Mr. Grumpy" answered and was rude and brusque. We were told...More

1  Thank Sharon L
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2016

Grumpy and brusque, yes. I try not to give that impression; I’m sorry. Open daily, yes! Have been open every afternoon, one to six, 365 days a year for 35 years (longer than the young lady has been alive.) Being a one-man operation, once in...More

Reviewed 31 January 2016

I have gone to Astoria a few times, and have always made sure to visit this winery. This winery has some really unique wines. The chocolate wine is the one I have bought every time I have gone. Will go back!

Thank Kristine J
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2016

Thank you for your kind words. Did not find "Kristine" in the book, but did find a Kristine J back in '07! Wow! Thanks for visiting again.

Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

Buying wine here is not just shopping, it's an experience. I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't understand that or read up on this place before going. The 90 year old chemist that runs this fine establishment does so with love and pride, his wines...More

1  Thank ReadySet N
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Went to this winery during business hours and found door locked and a note on door saying doorbell broken (see attached pic). The note said to call a number and we thought owner must have stepped out. An hour later we came back and door...More

2  Thank BuckSaltyDog
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Since everyone seems to have a cellphone,, my sign on the door says “Will be either working or giving a presentation; please call (the number); I will either open immediately – or tell you how many minutes.” I remember that particular day in which the...More

Reviewed 27 September 2015

This vintner takes the time to fully explain his operation and to get to know the customer. He has been in the business many years and has developed a few very unique wines which are different. He stated that he has no interest in producing...More

1  Thank Jerry v
PAUL V, Owner at Shallon Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Thank you for your unbiased description of my very small winery. And thanks for bringing out the “social” aspect. It makes me realize that is about my only social life in 35 years, but with over 60,000 guests.

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