An Oregon White Riesling from Eola Hills Wine Cellars will be the new official wine of Oregon’s 2013 Alpenfest.
The wine, labeled as Alpenfest White Riesling, will join Joseph Trading Post bratwurst and Terminal Gravity Alpenfest ale as the official sausage and beverages at the Swiss-Bavarian cultural festival in Wallowa County.
The varietal, drier than other, semi-sweet to sweet, Rieslings, was selected by Alpenfest directors at a wine tasting Thursday, May 16. The decision of the tasters was unanimous.
Eola Hills grapes are grown in the Eola-Amity Hills American Viticultural Area, marked by warm summer days, marine breezes and shallow soils, which distinguish the resulting wines from those made from fruit grown elsewhere in the Willamette Valley.
Local bratwurst and beer featured at the 2012 Alpenfest will continue as the official sausage and beer of Alpenfest. All will be served at Alpenfest performances in Joseph and at Wallowa Lake.
Joseph Trading Post bratwurst is handcrafted at Mt. Joseph Family Foods of Joseph and smoked in the store’s own smokehouse.
Alpenfest ale is brewed by Terminal Gravity Brewery in Enterprise. The Vienna-style beer is made in a small batch compared to TG’s other microbrews including its widely popular IPA.
Oregon’s Alpenfest is scheduled for Sept. 26-29.