Sweet Cheeks Winery will host WMTC attendees at their vineyard on the first night of the Conference, Tuesday, March 3 from 6:30-9:30pm, for tours, tastings, and a wine pairing dinner.
Attendees will be treated to a family-style dinner in the fully enclosed patio with unparalleled and panoramic views of the vines, some of which are the oldest vines in the valley – planted in 1978. Winemaker, Leo Gabica, and local chefs will guide guests through a three-course meal paired perfectly with Sweet Cheeks wines. They’ll also hear his incredible and very unique story.
Sweet Cheeks’ story began in 1978 when owner, Dan Smith, planted a vineyard on a rolling hillside in Crow, Oregon. After a hard day of work he looked over the vineyard and noticed the curious shape of the land and christened the vineyard Sweet Cheeks. At this point starting a winery was only a dream. He continued to farm the land, supplying Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling grapes to local wineries. When a building in Junction City came up for demolition in 2003 he took a chance and relocated it atop the vineyard. Thanksgiving of 2005 those doors opened as the tasting room and marked the beginning of Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyard.