Orofino Winery in Cawston has been on the cutting edge of green technology since day one with the design of their straw bale winery. So it’s no surprise that owners John and Virginia Weber are again trying something new and taking their wine shop completely off the grid. “This will be our first full season with our solar power project in full operation,” says John. Completed late last summer, solar power will be used for electricity and hot water in the wine shop. 

The real big news for Orofino fans is the creation of the new wine club. “Members will be rewarded with great deals on our small lot current releases and library wines,” says John. Other benefits include “special member-only events and first-in-line opportunities” for Orofino’s signature events such as the 1.6 Mile Dinner. Carly Godard has been brought on board to oversee the new wine club. “She brings lots of personality and professional hospitality expertise to our team,” says John. Details about the wine club will be available on Orofino’s website (orofinovineyards.com) by the middle of April.  

New vintages for release this spring include the highly sought after Pinot Noir from 2011, and the Pinot Gris and Blind Creek Sauvignon Blanc from 2012.  Of course for fans of the fizz, the second vintage of the Moscato Frizzante will be also be available this coming spring.

~  Luke Whittall