The American Dream
1989 - An Enduring Legacy Is Born
A passion, vision and commitment to produce the world's best Pinot Noir leads Ken and Grace Evenstad to Oregon. They purchase 42 recently logged acres atop the renowned Dundee Hills in Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, where Oregon Pinot Noir began and where its heart remains.
1990 - Our First Wine
Domaine Serene (named after Ken & Grace's daughter, Serene Evenstad Warren) produces their first wine, earning 90 points from esteemed critic, Robert Parker Jr.
1994 - Our First Winery
Domaine Serene purchases an historic 1913 building in Carlton, OR and converts it to a winery.
1994 — 1997 - Vineyard Expansion
Domaine Serene purchases contiguous land to 142 acres on the Evenstad Estate.
1998 - Winery Hill is Purchased
Domaine Serene purchases the first 80 acres of an eventual 180 acre hilltop property, one mile north of the Evenstad Estate. The property is named Winery Hill and is the future site of their new winery.
1999 - Parkers Wine Buyers Guide
Renowned wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr names Domaine Serene an 'Outstanding' producer of Oregon Pinot Noir in his book, Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide.
1999 - Plans for our Gravity-Flow Winery
Plans for a new gravity flow winery are completed. Domaine Serene purchases 90 acres in the Eola-Hills, named Jerusalem Hill, which will be planted to Pinot Noir.
2001 - New Winery Opens
Domaine Serene moves into the spectacular new winery just in time for harvest!
2003 - Wine & Spirits Magazine Winner
Domaine Serene is named 'Estate Winery of the Year' by Wines & Spirits Magazine.
2004 - Wine Community Shocked by Blind Tasting
Domaine Serene shocks the wine community by besting the most prestigious winery in the world, Domaine de la Romanee Conti, in a blind tasting of 3 wines from each producer in vintages 1998, 1999, and 2000. Domaine Serene places first, second and third with the 1998 and 1999 vintages, and first and second with the 2000 vintage.
2005 - Tasting Room Opens
Domaine Serene's tasting room opens to the public.
2006 - First Release of Coeur Blanc, White Pinot Noir
The debut release of the Coeur Blanc, vintage 2004, is introduced to sommeliers with rave reviews. It is the most unique white wine in the country.
2006 - Evenstad Reserve® named Oregon’s #1 Pinot Noir
The Evenstad Reserve® Pinot Noir, a sommelier favorite, is named the #1 Oregon wine in Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll.
2008 - Evenstad Reserve® accolades
The Evenstad Reserve® is named one of the top 100 wines of the year by Wine Spectator, and Oregon's #1 Pinot Noir by the Wall Street Journal.
2011 - 97 Points from Wine Spectator
The 2008 'Grace Vineyard' Pinot Noir receives 97 points by Wine Spectator, the highest rating ever awarded to an Oregon Pinot Noir.
2013 - Evenstad Reserve named #3 wine of the year by Wine Spectator
The 2010 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir received 95 points and is ranked the #3 wine in the world on Wine Spectator’s top wines of the year list.
2014 - Our Legacy Continues
Domaine Serene has grown, prospered, and in the process raised the bar for Oregon wines and put the region in the forefront of the media and the entire wine world. Over seventy-five wines have rated 90 points or higher in the Wine Spectator since that first vintage so many years ago. It is this commitment to quality that sparked renowned wine writer Anthony Dias Blue to declare Domaine Serene the 'Chateau Lafite of Oregon.'
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