America’s most acclaimed winery announces opening of third Wine Lounge in Bend, Ore.
Dayton, OR – Domaine Serene, the award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sparkling wine producer located in the famous Dundee Hills of Oregon, is building on its highly successful Domaine Serene Wine Lounge brand with the announcement of its Bend location.
Opening Fall 2021, the Domaine Serene Wine Lounge in Bend is currently under construction in the historic D.H. Spheir Building on the prominent corner of Bond St. and Minnesota Ave. The new location will offer a food menu inspired by the 75 world-class wines produced by Domaine Serene, Château de la Crée and Maison Evenstad in a relaxed setting inspired by the locale. A selection of beer and a refined cocktail menu will accompany a comprehensive wine list available by the tasting flight, glass and bottle.
The Domaine Serene Wine Lounge in Bend will join the downtown Portland and Lake Oswego locations, making it the third Wine Lounge in the company’s growing portfolio. This concept ignited the trend of Willamette Valley wineries opening outposts in nearby cities and, with this opening, seeks to elevate the emerging wine scene and
become a fixture in the downtown Bend community.
“Our Wine Lounges have been incredibly successful and well-received by our club members and the local community, so we jumped at the opportunity to create a third, one-of-kind location in Bend, a city I’ve loved visiting with my family for years now,” said Ryan Harris, President of Domaine Serene. “The newest Domaine Serene Wine Lounge will bring a comfortable, convivial and wine-centric experience to Bend, providing a new avenue for locals to taste our rare and collectible wines typically only available at our Clubhouse in the Dundee Hills.”
Domaine Serene, America’s most acclaimed winery, recently became the world’s most awarded winery at the highly regarded 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards. Committed to excellence, Domaine Serene has assembled a dream team to design the new location. Executive Architect Stephen Lapp, best known for his award-winning work on the winery’s Clubhouse, is collaborating with local architect Heidi Slaybaugh of BLRB Architects and Portland’s Paul Schommer of Schommer & Sons to create an unparalleled design that will honor the Central Oregon city’s aesthetic.
“It’s a thrill to collaborate with Domaine Serene on yet another project that will make fine wines more accessible to Oregonians,” said Lapp. “I can’t think of a more fitting building for the newest locale than the D.H. Spheir Building, which was the only Oregon building to be accepted to the coveted National Register of Historic Places in June 2020. We’ve really thought through every detail, from the location to the finishes, and can’t wait to see it come to life.”
The new Domaine Serene Wine Lounge will offer a truly remarkable experience in the heart of downtown Bend featuring refined rustic accents designed with locals in mind. The expansive three-level space will boast a two story display holding wine bottles in perfect conditions. The Cellar Library will feature a turn-of-the-century wine cellar available for private events. The Members’ Mezzanine will exhibit beautifully designed wine lockers for collectors and connoisseurs seeking to store their prized Domaine Serene, Château de la Crée and Maison Evenstad wines for private dining and entertaining. Textural elements of exposed brick, rock and leather will play a large part in rounding out the ambiance of the expertly-lit space.
Accordion-style windows will open to outdoor seating during the warmer months, and an adjacent lounge area will feature an oversized fireplace for cozying up on cooler nights. Entertainment will be booked throughout the week, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy local music while imbibing their favorite wines or cocktails.
About Domaine Serene
The Evenstads settled in the Northern Willamette Valley in 1989. Their spirit and passion for producing wines that rival the great wines of Burgundy led them to purchase and plant a hilltop estate that had just been logged in the now famous Dundee Hills. Working every job in the winery for many years, Grace and Ken Evenstad built Domaine Serene from the ground up, focusing on producing high-quality wines through innovation and an emphasis on excellence. The Evenstads have gained a genuine appreciation for the attention to detail required to make exceptional wines.
In 2015, Ken and Grace Evenstad fulfilled a lifelong dream of producing wine in Burgundy, France by acquiring Château de la Crée, the respected wine estate located in the birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: the renowned Côte d’Or. Now producing French wines under the Château de la Crée and Maison Evenstad labels, the Evenstads own 25 acres of prime vineyards in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay and Maranges. This made them the first Oregon-based vintners to own land and produce wines in Burgundy.
Domaine Serene became the first producer in the Willamette Valley to build a winery dedicated to Sparkling wine and Chardonnay. The new winery opened with the 2018 harvest and in 2019 the Winery released its inaugural Sparkling wine, launching a program that will evolve over the next decade. Today, Domaine Serene produces wines from six individual vineyard estates, planted exclusively to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In Oregon, the Evenstads own nearly 1,000 total acres of land in the hills of Yamhill County, with 300 acres planted to vine.
In just under three decades, the Evenstads have propelled Domaine Serene onto the global stage as one of the world’s most acclaimed and respected wineries. Having earned an astounding 95 points and above by major critics an astounding 115 times in total, the wines produced by Domaine Serene represent the achievement that is possible in Oregon, one of the finest regions in the world for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.