Dundee, Oregon is the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. Between Newberg and McMinnville on Highway 99 things slow down as single lanes each way pass through businesses and wineries to the left and right. Waiting to be discovered are a few magical hot spots. My favorite Dundee discovery is The The Red Hills Market at 115 7th Street.
Amazing baked goods, a great wine stash, wood fired pizza from scratch, Stumptown coffee, hand-crafted sandwiches, local meats, cheeses, a passion for local, an outside with seductively comfortable wine stave chairs and a community centric atmosphere are the manifestation & passion of owners Jody & Michelle Kropf, Chef Shiloh Ficek, and a fun, engaging, knowledgeable staff.
I moved into the area this past July. Where to hang out was question number one. Within a month of exploring, Red Hills Market was part of my routine, and half-a-year later it hasn’t let up. Whether it’s coffee and internet time, lunch and meet up with some winemakers, or chill over pizza and beer (or for a bottle of wine from their wine wall), my left arm has kind of been replaced by The Red Hills Market! It’s been pure pleasure to have Jody and the gang doing there thing so close to home.
Having said all that, they’re a big part of our upcoming contest for a trip to the Willamette Valley. Jody has a traveling pizza oven and he’ll be bringing it out to Youngberg Hill Winery (where the trip winners) will be staying for the opening night dinner of the trip.
Since good things often attract other good things, there’s another gem to be discovered on the 2nd floor above Red Hills Market. That comes in the form of the Wine Country Cooking Studio. Chef and owner Wendy Bennett has just opened this spot for offering the community cooking classes. On the final night of our May 1-3 Willamette Valley Sweepstakes, Wendy will be leading a 3 course participatory cooking class that will include wines from Brooks Winery!
When you’ve got Dundee, Oregon on your calendar, go out of your way to eat & hang out at The Red Hills Market. They’ve got that passion for local, organic, sustainable, vital, quality products that makes for a perfect marriage with ConsciousWine.
The Red Hills Market
115 SW 7th