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American Dream

Grace and Ken Evenstad first arrived and settled in the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley in 1989. At that time, the couple had spent over 20 years together in Minnesota building a successful business, a loving family, and a deep appreciation for the wines of Burgundy.  The Evenstads had faith in Oregon early on, before there was a national market for domestic Pinot Noir. When the time came to pursue their longtime dream of growing and producing world class Pinot Noir, they invested in a 42 acre hilltop estate that had just been logged in the beautiful Dundee Hills of Oregon. With the support of their family - and to the surprise of many of their friends in Minnesota – the Evenstads established Domaine Serene, effectively creating Oregon’s luxury wine industry. They named the winery after their daughter, Serene, and their first vineyard on the estate was named after their son, Mark Bradford Evenstad.

Today, Domaine Serene produces Pinot Noir from six vineyard estates, spanning three Willamette Valley AVAs, and Chardonnay solely from high elevations in the Dundee Hills. In 2001, the Evenstads completed construction of the picturesque, state-of-the art, five-level, gravity flow winery specifically designed to make world class Pinot Noir. Their sustainable vineyard management and winemaking practices are intended to maximize the quality of the wines and to ensure complex, balanced and elegant wines that are age-worthy. Since the first vintage in 1990, Domaine Serene has produced award winning wines, including Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, recognized as the World’s #3 Wine of 2013 by Wine Spectator Magazine. Through the continuous pursuit of quality and innovation, Domaine Serene has garnered global recognition as an iconic quality leader of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In April 2015, the Evenstads expanded upon their original vision of producing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by purchasing Château de la Crée, a Burgundy wine estate in the Côte d’Or.  Burgundy vintners have been buying vineyards in Oregon for the past 25 years, but now the Evenstads have flipped the trend. “Owning and farming legendary vineyards in Burgundy is a dream come true for us,” says Ken Evenstad. “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make our own wines from famous vineyards like Morgeot in Chassagne-Montrachet, Clos des Angles in Volnay, and La Garenne in Puligny-Montrachet where world class wines have been made for centuries.” This latest endeavor brings Grace and Ken a new opportunity to further develop their expertise with their favorite varietals and to “discover” a new terroir from the place that inspired their winemaking pursuit over 25 years ago. To learn more about Château de la Crèe, click here.

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1994-1997 - Vineyard expansion

Vineyard expansion

Domaine Serene purchases contiguous land to 142 acres on the Evenstad Estate.

1994 - Our first winery

Our first winery

Domaine Serene purchases an historic 1913 building in Carlton, OR and converts it to a winery.

1989 - An enduring legacy was born

An enduring legacy was born

A passion, vision and commitment to produce the world's best Pinot Noir leads Ken and Grace Evenstad to Oregon. They purchase 42 recently logged acres atop the renowned Dundee Hills in Yamhill County, Willamette Valley, where Oregon Pinot Noir began and where its heart remains.

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1990 - Our first wine

Our first wine

Domaine Serene (named after Ken & Grace's daughter, Serene Evenstad Warren) produces its first wine, earning 90 points from esteemed critic, Robert Parker Jr.

1998 - Winery Hill is purchased

Winery Hill is purchased

Domaine Serene purchases the first 80 acres of an eventual 180 acre hilltop property, one mile north of the Evenstad Estate. The property is named Winery Hill and is the future site of their new winery.

1999 - Parkers Wine Buyers Guide

Parkers Wine Buyers Guide

Renowned wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr names Domaine Serene an 'Outstanding' producer of Oregon Pinot Noir in his book, Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide.

1999 - Plans for our gravity-flow winery

Plans for our gravity-flow winery

Plans for a new gravity flow winery are completed. Domaine Serene purchases 90 acres in the Eola-Hills, named Jerusalem Hill, which will be planted to Pinot Noir.

2001 - New Winery Opens

New Winery Opens

Domaine Serene moves into the spectacular new winery just in time for harvest!

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2003 - Wine & Spirits Magazine Winner

Wine & Spirits Magazine Winner

Domaine Serene is named 'Estate Winery of the Year' by Wines & Spirits Magazine.

2004 - Wine Community Shocked by Blind Tasting

Wine Community Shocked by Blind Tasting

Domaine Serene shocks the wine community by besting the most prestigious winery in the world, Domaine de la Romanee Conti, in a blind tasting of 3 wines from each producer in vintages 1998, 1999, and 2000. Domaine Serene places first, second and third with the 1998 and 1999 vintages, and first and second with the 2000 vintage.

2005 - Tasting Room Opens

Tasting Room Opens

Domaine Serene's tasting room opens to the public.

2006 - First Release of Coeur Blanc, White Pinot Noir

First Release of Coeur Blanc, White Pinot Noir

The debut release of the Coeur Blanc, vintage 2004, is introduced to sommeliers with rave reviews. It is the most unique white wine in the country.

2006 - Evenstad Reserve® named Oregon’s #­1 Pinot Noir

Evenstad Reserve® named Oregon’s #­1 Pinot Noir

The Evenstad Reserve® Pinot Noir, a sommelier favorite, is named the #­1 Oregon wine in Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll.

2008 - Evenstad Reserve® accolades

Evenstad Reserve® accolades

The Evenstad Reserve® is named one of the top 100 wines of the year by Wine Spectator, and Oregon's #­1 Pinot Noir by the Wall Street Journal.

2011 - 97 Points from Wine Spectator

97 Points from Wine Spectator

The 2008 'Grace Vineyard' Pinot Noir receives 97 points by Wine Spectator, the highest rating ever awarded to an Oregon Pinot Noir.

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2011 -

2013 - Evenstad Reserve® named #­3 wine of the year by Wine Spectator

Evenstad Reserve® named #­3 wine of the year by Wine Spectator

The 2010 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir received 95 points and is ranked the #­3 wine in the world on Wine Spectator’s top wines of the year list.

2014 - 25th Anniversary and Great Wines of the World

25th Anniversary and Great Wines of the World

Domaine Serene celebrates its 25th anniversary in grand fashion with an event highlighting wines from their storied past. Friends, family and many loyal customers gathered to celebrate this momentous occasion with Grace and Ken Evenstad.

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2014 - Chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Wineries of the World

Chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Wineries of the World

Renowned critic James Suckling names Domaine Serene as one of the 50 Greatest Wineries in the World. Domaine Serene joins only two other wineries to represent North America in the Great Wines of the World event in Hong Kong.

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2015 - Our Legacy Continues

Our Legacy Continues

Domaine Serene expands to Burgundy, as the Evenstads acquire the historic Château de la Cree in the Côte d’Or. New vineyards, Clos de Serene and Triple Crown, are planted, and groundbreaking for the new Clubhouse takes place. The Clubhouse will be one of the most luxurious wine tasting facilities in the Willamette Valley.


Charitable giving is an integral part of the history at both Domaine Serene and Château de la Crée. Domaine Serene wine and winery experience donations to date have raised in excess of $7 Million for charity nationwide. Grace and Ken Evenstad have continued to expand their commitment to philanthropy in support of children’s charities around the country. They have donated their time and resources to many high-profile wine auctions nationally.  They have been honored as featured vintners at the The Naples Winter Wine Festival, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Tum Tum Tree Foundation, Classic Wine Auction, High Museum of Art, and Carnivale du Vin.

Ken and Grace have been on the board of trustees of the Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) since 2002. The NWWF was founded by the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), a charitable organization whose mission is to support programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children. Since inception, the festival has raised over $135 million which, through annual grants and collaborative strategic initiatives, has impacted over thirty-five non-profit agencies and the lives of over 150,000 children. In 2006, Grace was chairman of the Naples Winter Wine festival, raising $13.7 million dollars. Over the years, Domaine Serene auction lots have raised over $2 million for the Naples Children and Education Foundation.