The Flying Dutchman Winery …don’t miss it!

Posted by MAXINE SOMMERS / November 9, 2010

Looking for a new and different winery to check out as you drive along the Oregon coast? Try the “Flying Dutchman Winery” located in the small village of Otter Rock. Eight miles north of Newport and 15 miles south of Lincoln City, Richard Cutler, an intriguing man by all accounts, has been making wine by the ocean since 1997. He is passionate about his wine making and his first vintage Pinot Noir proved that when it won the wineries first medal at the 1999 Oregon State Fair. Since that time The Flying Dutchman’s wine has earned a large number of medals resulting in the wine being a great success throughout the northwest.

There are no vineyards at The Flying Dutchman Winery since grapes will not grow along the Oregon coast. Therefore, each
fall Cutler and staff purchase grapes from five Oregon vineyards. At harvest time they meet the pickers at the vineyards and take the grapes to the winery where the red grapes have their stems removed and the white grapes are pressed. The white grape juice is placed in barrels where it is fermented and aged for 8 to 12 months.

The red grapes are de-stemmed and placed into open-top fermenters where they remain outside in a cold-soak status for 7 to 10 days. After the cold-soak the native yeasts begin to ferment. As in the old world winemaking, Cutler and his staff allow this fermentation to occur naturally “punching down” the pulp and skins that float to the top three times a day. This re-immerses the grape pulp and adds oxygen. While this fermentation at other wineries lasts an average of five days, Cutler’s lasts 7 to 14 days. Once the grape sugars have converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide they gently press out the finished wine then place it in oak barrels where it remains for 19 to 36 months. When the wine is at it’s peak they bottle it.

When you visit this fascinating establishment, walk through the whole winery. Then check out the back of the property where you will discover a winding path through a sheltered grove of shore pines: all of which open onto a spectacular view of the ocean beaches and tide pools.

This pristine area operates as an ideal special function area for small musical events, wedding receptions etc. While visitors rest there quietly viewing Mother Nature’s gift to her guests, stress evaporates. If you happen to have a glass of fine wine in your hand, that’s a real bonus!

Before you leave The Flying Dutchman check out the intriguing selection of Flying Dutchman wines which are displayed in the Gift Shop and are ready for shipping. Whether you are interested in taking home a 2004 Pinot Noir, a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon or a white or dessert wine such as a 2006 Chardonnay, a Raspberry Mist or a Coastal Blackberry, your return home celebration will be enhanced when you open and take the first taste of this glorious libation.

For further information contact The Flying Dutchman Winery @ 541-765-2553 or email: cmi@harborside.com.

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