Five Things You May Not Know About Red Ridge Farms

by Gayle Gilham on September 30, 2019

in Featured Member

From grapes to olives, to their award-winning end products, this 5th generation family farm leads the industry with a trailblazing spirit. Did you know…

  1. For more than 45 years the Durant family of Red Ridge Farms has acted as stewards of the land on the hillside they call home. Over the years their vision has grown to include Durant Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, award winning Durant Olive Mill extra virgin olive oil, Durant Culinary, Durant Body Care, a specialty plant nursery, gift shop, overnight lodging, event space and expansive gardens.
  2. Nestled in the Dundee Hills, in 1973 the Durant family was among the first in Oregon to attempt growing wine grapes. First and foremost they are viticulturists who remain true to the block. As founders in the Oregon wine industry, they are most proud of producing fruit for some of the best wineries in Oregon, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes. The family aims to reflect this same tradition and quality in Durant Vineyards wine.
  3. In 2004 the Durant family planted 17 acres of olives, establishing one of the first olive orchards in Oregon. Now with the first, and to date only, commercial olive mill in Oregon, they handcraft signature oils with their own distinctive aromas and flavors, using olives sourced from their own grove and outstanding growers in Northern California. They are home to the only olioteca in the Pacific Northwest. And in addition to their own agronomical experimentation, Red Ridge Farms sells olive trees that fare well in this region. If you’re curious about how to grow olives yourself, download their Olive Tree Guide (PDF).
  4. Farm visitors can meander the beautifully manicured grounds which feature a lovely Lavender field, wisteria covered pergola, Zen fountain and koi pond, and a knot garden with a twisting path of interconnected hedges consisting of aromatic plants and culinary herbs. Of course visitors can also taste and shop the farm’s bounty of products.
  5. Built as a getaway for couples or small groups, the Durant family offers access to two private lodging options, The Garden Suite and Stoneycrest Cottage. With wine and olive oil at the center of every table, the family also hosts a bevy of food and beverage events that celebrate the diversity and complexity of Oregon agriculture, as well as educational classes for gardeners, cooks, olive oil enthusiasts and wine lovers alike.

Cascade is proud to feature this member, owned and operated by a family with deep and lasting connections to the land.

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