From inspiration to ongoing legacy

Curiosity, moxie, and a DIY-spirit: that’s what started it all, and what keeps us thriving to this day.

Visionary roots

From the very beginning, our vineyard and winery has been an unusual story of vision, grit, and can-do spirit. Founder Dan Smith was an unconventional character, and the legacy he built is anything but ordinary. We invite you to explore the unique history of Sweet Cheeks Winery.

Orange tractor driving beween rows of newly-planted vines.
Founder, Dan Smith on orange tractor talking to a man while unloading grapes on bins.
Group photo of the team at Sweet Cheeks Winery.
Five hands cheering glasses of red wine together over a floral arrangement.

Passionate people

They say that folks won’t remember what you say, but how you make them feel. That must be why visitors remember our passionate team — because everything we do is about creating an unforgettable experience for you. Meet the people who make life sweeter with every sip.

One-of-a-kind place

When sipping your new favorite wine on our patio, with the rolling hills of the Southern Willamette Valley spread out before you, you might wonder what magic goes into making this place so special. Find out what’s behind (and below) our vineyard’s unique charm.

View of the vineyard and winery when it was first built.
Four people out planting the vineyard.
White bin of Pinot Noir grapes with the vineyard in the background.
Winemaker, Leo Gabica, looking at bins of Pinot Gris and holding a cluster of grapes.

Let’s connect

At Sweet Cheeks Winery, everyone’s family — and that includes our guests. We’d love to answer your questions, swap stories, and take care of whatever you need. From scheduling a visit, to planning an event, to finding the perfect wine to pair with dinner, call on our friendly team any time.

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