The beauty of buying wine at a farmers market is you can taste before you buy. Arcane Cellars is a small, local vintner in the Willamette Valley. Arcane Cellars has about 30 acres of land along the Willamette River in Yamhill County with twenty acres planted in vines of nine varietals.
Using their own estate fruit and grapes from other select vineyards in the Willamette Valley, they make Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Semillon and Riesling wine. From Eastern and Southern Oregon, and Eastern Washington, they purchase high quality grapes that need a warmer climate than the Willamette Valley offers to make Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon plus additional varietals. Each year, they produce about 2500-3000 cases of wine.
Jason & Jeffrey Leal Silva have always been interested in wine. Jason & his dad first started making wine and planting grapes in Massachusetts in 1980 under the first New England label, Pilgrim Vineyards. The family bought a neglected nursery in 1999 where there was sufficient room to grow cold varietal vines. Jason attended the Chemeketa enology program. while Jeff majored in vineyard management. They started making wine in 2004 and opened their Wheatland tasting room to the public in May of 2007. Over the years the business has prospered and grown. Now, Jason makes the major winemaking decisions as head wine master while his father, Jeff Leal Silva, runs the vineyard, tasting room, and assists with the wine making.
You can buy Arcane Cellars wines at the Moreland Farmers Market, local restaurants, Northwest events and their Wheatland winery tasting room which is open year round on Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment. Arcane Cellars is located on the west side of the Willamette River near the historic Wheatland Ferry which has been running since the 1840s. To find out more about Arcane Cellars, visit their website.