The English Farm: 115 years young

 An early photos of the English Estate barn, celebrating its 115th birthday this Saturday, May 5. Courtesy photo

An early photos of the English Estate barn, celebrating its 115th birthday this Saturday, May 5. Courtesy photo

Join English Estate Winery as they mark the 115th birthday of their five-generation farm from 12-6 p.m. Saturday, May 5th.

Farming potatoes, filberts and, at one time a dairy, this east Vancouver farm is now known for its estate wines and crisp refreshing hard ciders at English Estate Winery. Admission to the May 5 event is free, but two canned food items per person are being requested for the Clark County Food Bank.

 Today the Loafing Shed (in front of the historic barn) houses the tasting room for English Estate Winery. Viki Eierdam

Today the Loafing Shed (in front of the historic barn) houses the tasting room for English Estate Winery. Viki Eierdam

This is the one time a year tours are held at the farm. Winemaker and family member, Jennifer English Wallenberg, will conduct the tours at 1 and 3 p.m. Music, wine tasting (including new estate releases of our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Vin Gris), a treasure hunt, artists, food and a car show with the Flying Eagle A’s brings fun for all ages. Learn about the 1916 Manor House and the 1915 English Barn (home of the Loafing Shed tasting room).

The English Family started the winery in 2000. English Estate Winery is the oldest winery in Clark County and a founding member of the Southwest Washington Winery Association (SWWA). Along with tasting estate wines, hard ciders made from apples grown at Joe’s Place Farms, located in east Vancouver, can also be enjoyed.

 A Car Show, hosted by The Flying Eagle A’s Ford Model A club, will run from 2:30-5 p.m., weather dependent. Courtesy photo

A Car Show, hosted by The Flying Eagle A’s Ford Model A club, will run from 2:30-5 p.m., weather dependent. Courtesy photo

Wine tasting will include estate grown Pinot Noirs, and a new release or two. The Gravel Mine Vineyard produces Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Semillon.

The afternoon will be filled with events, including music by Katya Williams from 12:30-3 p.m. and Emily Aldridge from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Flying Eagle A’s Ford Model A club is expected to attend from 2:30-5 p.m. – weather pending. We will also have a few local artists displaying and selling their art, including Lalienya Metals and Delicate Filaments.

A treasure hunt that takes participants around different parts of the farm,is a fun way to look around. Completed entrants earn a chance to win gift cards by local merchants including Twilight Restaurant, Pasta Gigi's and English Estate Winery via a drawing. 

 Tulips and vines at English Estate Winery. Courtesy photo

Tulips and vines at English Estate Winery. Courtesy photo

Our annual judging of BiBBFest goes until 5 p.m. English Estate Winery is popular for its Bag-in-a-Beautiful Box, wine by the box. Fresh to the last drop. See all the previous year’s creations and vote for your favorite design for 2018. The late Carl D English, founder of the winery, started boxed wine for the tasting room in 2003 to slow down waste. Eventually, customer demand created a whole new way of selling wines for English Estate. English Estate Winery offers wine by the bottle or box.

Some history: 

In 1980 the English Family planted Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the gravelly ridge located at the mouth of the Columbia River. The Gorge winds keep the vineyard dryer and sunnier than the Pinot growing lands to the North and South. This unique micro climate gives the grapes a character all of their own.  The wines are now being crafted by Carl’s daughter, Jennifer English Wallenberg.

Clark County’s oldest winery is known for its pure Estate Pinot Noirs and their sweet fortified Nectar dessert wines. Other varietals grown at the Estate include Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Semillon. Tasting room hours are 4:30-7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 12-9 p.m.  on Fridays with Good Times & Wine (dinner and live music) at 6 p.m. and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.

 Inviting outdoor seating at English Estate Winery. Courtesy photo 

Inviting outdoor seating at English Estate Winery. Courtesy photo