(541) 998-1447
24757 Lavel Road,
Junction City, OR 97448

About Us

Family owned and operated since 1985. Producing prime wine grapes with respect to the earth. We are a definition of handcrafted. Our artisan approach to wine making ensures that every year the wine is unique. We do not make the same wine every year, we make the best out of what every vintage has to offer. To us wine is an art.  We believe that handcrafted, sustainable, unique and boutique should be affordable to all those who enjoy fine wine! We believe that wine is more than a drink! We love creating memories for families, friends and bringing the community together through our events.

Our History

Our story dates back to the 70s when Dieter, our founder, made it to Eugene from the by then communist East Germany despite the Berlin wall. In his early years in the US, he was a tree planter, he let go his computer analyst skills to play in the dirt.

Driven by his passion for nature and inspired by the landscape of the Elbe River Vineyards and the romance of the wine villages, which he experienced while he attended University in Dresden, Germany, he planted his first vines at High Pass Vineyard in 1985, initially on a 20-acre parcel of land. He saw the potential of this area, at the time when no one did.  Most people at that time thought that he was a crazy immigrant with a crazy idea!  A few years later, Dieter started producing some of the premium wine grapes that gained Oregon international acclaim. Local wineries were willing buyers of his early crops, but he always made sure that there were enough grapes left for him to learn about winemaking himself. High Pass Winery's first commercial crush occurred in 1994. Dieter has established more vineyards in the area and sold them or at least helped the new comers establish their vineyard. Since then, we have continued producing exceptionally high-quality wines that have earned wide acclaim.

 Dieter and Fridah got married in 2013.  Fridah brought with her a new energy to High Pass. She now manages the tasting room and has added a distinctive culture to the wine industry with her now famous “African Night in The Vineyard”. This event sells out almost a year in advance.  

Seating Area

Small by Choice

Even though we farm about 62 acres of grapes, our grapes are highly sought after by other wineries. We focus on small production of wine, producing an average of 1500 cases a year.  Being a small-volume producer by choice, the wine produced has lots of structure and character. 

We farm 4 vineyards. High Pass, Priddy, Union School, and Moriah. All these Vineyards are within the proximity of the winery.  For details about the individual vineyards, please go to Vineyards page.

Our Tasting Room

Now open year-round; Friday - Sunday 12:00 PM. to 5:00 PM.  Tastings are available at other times by appointment. Just give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

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Throw an unforgettable party at High Pass Winery. We recently added an outdoor shade that's perfect for summer weddings and other functions. Our friendly, down-to-earth staff is happy to help you plan your event. Alternatively  sign up for a High Pass event and we will make your day/evening memorable.

Contact us to learn more about our new releases, upcoming events or for an appointment.

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