Nehalem Bay Winery
Nehalem Bay Winery
34965 Hwy 53
Contact: Ray Shackelford
Nehalem Bay Winery began when Patrick McCoy became fascinated by the then infant wine making industry in Oregon.
McCoy was travelling on the Northern Oregon Coast when he discovered an old, abandoned creamery, the old Mohler Creamery. The creamery had been a part of the Tillamook Creamery Co-op producing cheese, milk and butter from 1909 to 1959. He looked at the old decrepit building and saw a potential winery in its place.
McCoy's first production was of blackberry wine on April 1st, 1974. The blackberry wine is still a favorite. One by one he added other wines and started working on and renovating the building.
In 1991 Ray Shackelford met Pat and an instant friendship started as well as an instant business relationship. Ray bought controlling interest in the business and later in 1993 when Patrick went to meet the great winemaker in the sky Ray bought the whole kit and caboodle including the name and the real estate.
Ray with past experience in sales, the military, real estate and a life of adventure brought a new energy and enthusiasm to the winery from his travel and vast experience in many businesses. Today the old Nehalem Bay Winery has been totally remodeled with the charm retained and enhanced.
A large room for weddings, parties and large events was added as well as the "Theatre Au Vin" for show casing the performing arts, visual arts events are also held at the winery as well as great Reggae, Blues and Blue Grass Concerts.
Ray continues his life of adventure and at the same time his commitment to making life better for those not so fortunate. Volunteering with the Red Cross in Texas and the Salvation Army in New Orleans in 2005 helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. In Cambodia he started an orphanage and in 2005 a sewing project for ethnic minorities in Mondulkiri Province Cambodia. A throw back to his war experiences with the people in this area. In the Philippines, 15 students are in college, high school or graduated and working because of Ray's efforts.
Winemaker: Ray Shackelford
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