Ken and Grace Evenstad, Wine Experts
In 1989 an enduring legacy was born. Ken and Grace Evenstad founded Domaine Serene Vineyards and Winery in 1989 when they purchased 42 acres of just-logged land in the Dundee Hills of Oregon to plant, grow and produce ultra premium Pinot Noir. They have been involved in every aspect of growing, producing and marketing Domaine Serene wines. Now celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Domaine Serene, they own 462 acres of land in Yamhill County in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, 150 acres of the land planted to vine. In addition to Pinot Noir, which is about 95% of the wine produced, they also make a little Chardonnay and Syrah. Their wines have won many accolades and awards, including besting Domaine de la Romanee Conti in blind tastings, being called " The Chateau Lafite of Oregon" by Anthony Dias Blue, The Best Oregon Pinot Noir by the Wall Street Journal, and outstanding ( top rating) Oregon producer by Robert Parker.
In 2003, Domaine Serene was named "Estate Winery of the Year" by Wine & Spirits Magazine, an award they would achieve again in 2004 and 2007. This was also the year that Domaine Serene began international sales, opening Canada and Japan as export markets.
In 2004, Domaine Serene shocked the wine community by besting the most prestigious winery in the world, Domaine de la Romanée Conti, in a blind tasting of 3 wines from each producer in vintages 1998, 1999, and 2000. Domaine Serene placed first, second and third with the 1998 and 1999 vintages, and first and second with the 2000 vintage. This is also the year that Domaine Serene created the world’s first white wine made entirely from fully mature, estate-grown Pinot Noir grapes: Coeur Blanc, a new category of wine.
In 2011 the Domaine Serene ’08 “Grace Vineyard” Pinot Noir received 97 Points from Wine Spectator - the highest score ever given to an Oregon wine by that publication. Later that same year, the 2007 “Evenstad Reserve” Pinot Noir received 95 points from Wine Enthusiast.
Ken and Grace Evenstad are scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):