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Argyle upgrading its Dundee home

Winery plans expanded tasting area, open-air seating to coincide with downtown changes


While its manufacturing headquarters has moved to Newberg, there are big things happening at Argyle Winery’s Dundee home.

The equipment that formerly resided in two large processing structures has been transported to the winery’s spacious facility in the former Suntron Corp. building on Brutscher Street, leaving some empty space and some opportunities for enhancement of the hospitality side of the business.

One of the former processing buildings, originally a hazelnut processing facility, will be repurposed as Argyle’s new tasting room, providing markedly more space than the current tasting room which resides in Dundee’s old city hall built in the early 1900s.GARY ALLEN - Repurposing - Wood from the walls of a former processing room at Argyle Winery that is being deconstructed will be reused in other new construction on the site as part of the tasting room and hospitality expansion.

Another of the processing buildings, which Argyle built for that purpose about seven years ago, has had its walls removed and will transform into an open-air area with some outdoor seating for patrons. This has been more of a time-consuming process than it could have been, because the plan is to reuse the wood for construction on another part of the property.

“Rather than knock things down, which is much faster, they’ve been pulling it apart and taking the nails out,” said Cathy Martin, marketing director for the winery.

Still, things are moving fast partially as a result of the unexpected sunshine which has allowed the contractor to push forward without having to stall for rainy days.

“The weather has been on our side, it’s been nice through all of this,” Martin said.

Argyle is shooting for a summer completion date around mid-July. Until then, the tasting room remains open during its normal hours.

The renovation comes at a time when the city of Dundee is also gearing up for major changes downtown. Plans are underway for improvements that would see continuous sidewalks along the street for the stretch of the downtown area, and widening of existing sidewalks as well as additional lighting to foster a more walkable district. Highway 99W through Dundee is scheduled to be paved by the Oregon Department of Transportation following the sidewalk improvements.

The Argyle work also comes at a time when the Newberg-Dundee bypass is anticipated to reduce traffic, especially truck traffic, through both Dundee and Newberg following its 2017 opening.

“It’s going to make it more inviting to come and walk down the street,” Martin said. “The way they’re talking about it, it won’t be a big deal to just walk on down to the next tasting room.”

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