Located in the foothills above the Columbia River Gorge, Marchesi Vineyards and Winery has been making some of Oregon’s best Italian-style wines for the past 15 years. We recommend a stop at Marchesi Vineyards after a few rounds at nearby Indian Creek Golf Course or as a mini-adventure from Hood River.
Franco Marchesi’s passion for wine started in his hometown in Italy. Having always looked up to his winemaker grandfather, Franco dreamed of being a winemaker from a very young age.
When he was 22 years old, Franco left Italy for San Francisco. There, he worked his way up from a wine buyer to the owner of a successful Italian wine import company. After 22 years in the wine industry, Franco left San Francisco for Oregon.
To his pleasure, Franco discovered that the latitude of Hood River is exactly the same as his birthplace in Piemonte, Italy. Unsurprisingly, Franco fell in love with the fertile landscape and stunning views of Mount Hood.
Franco purchased an old apple orchard in Hood River in 2003 and began planting his favorite Northern Italian wine grapes. Now, almost 15 years later, Franco has brought his childhood dream of being a highly successful winemaker to fruition.
The wines Franco makes are made with true love and passion. After visiting Marchesi Vineyards & Winery, it’s easy to see how far-reaching Franco’s love for his work is. The awards and accolades that Franco has received for his wines are a small testament to his skill as a winemaker.
About the Wines
On the property, Franco grows Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Gamay, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, and more. Making both pure varietals and blends, Franco’s wines take visitors on delicious and diverse tasting tour of classic Northern Italian grapes.
Ranging from buttery and fruity to dry and hearty, Franco’s wines span many flavor profiles. We love this about Marchesi Vineyards because there is a Marchesi wine to suit any occasion. In particular, we love the Barbera and the Sangiovese. Both of these wines also happen to be heavily awarded.
Visiting Marchesi Vineyards & Winery
Located close to the airport and the Indian Creek Golf Course, Marchesi Vineyards and Winery is just a short drive from downtown Hood River. Marchesi is open every day in the summertime and on weekends in the winter.
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