Located in the Willamette Valley’s western Coast Range foothills, Elk Cove Vineyards is one of Oregon’s premier producers of Pinot Noir and North American Rieslings. Founded in 1974 by Pat and Joe Campbell, Elk Cove remains one of the oldest wineries still producing in Oregon.
The Elk Cove Estate property has shallow soils, steep hilly terrain, and beautiful views. The winery’s name originated from a 1974 visit of 40 Roosevelt Elk, who bedded down in the clearing by the trailer the family lived in. The presence of these enormous animals, along with the protective bowl shape of the property, inspired Pat and Joe to name their property Elk Cove Vineyards. Today, the winery is one of the USA’s premier vintners of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.
Shirley Brooks has been working at Elk Cove since March of 2000, traveling the globe as brand ambassador developing markets new and old. While she oversees marketing and other projects that continue building the Elk Cove brand, she also pulls on her harvest boots each year and joins the crew in crush. For Shirley, connection to place is the essence of great wine. It’s also her way of honoring her grandfather, who back during Prohibition was a bootlegger. Now, she does it legally!
Shirley has served as a Board member for Oregon Pinot Camp and currently sits on the Oregon Wine Board Export Committee and the Steering Committee for the WV Barrel Auction as well as supporting other industry-wide organizations. In her free time, you will find her out enjoying one of Oregon’s great hiking trails or rivers and by all means, do not disparage her hockey team – Detroit Red Wings!
Join Shirley on this marvelous voyage on the Blue Danube, sailing from Budapest to Vilshofen in Bavaria! You will find stunning nuances and contrasts tasting her new world wines vs. the same old world varietals of Germany and central Europe.
Please note: This Danube River Tour and Cruise program is created solely for Elk Cove Vineyards by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin, CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The pre and/or post cruise tour program will contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.