Despite its status as one of the larger wine producers in Oregon, Duck Pond Cellars remains small at heart. Originally from California’s Central Valley, lifelong farmers Doug and Jo Ann Fries moved their young family to the small Central Oregon town of Sunriver in the early 1980’s. In 1984, they purchased property along the banks of the Willamette River in Dundee, Oregon, where they planted a small 13 acre vineyard with the idea of producing a few hundred cases of their own wine.
In 1990 the four family members crafted a plan to begin their own small winery in Dundee. On Memorial Day Weekend of 1993, Duck Pond Cellars opened its doors to the public for the first time, named in honor of the family home on Sunriver’s Duck Pond Lane. The initial offerings totaled around 1,000 cases, which were mostly hand sold by the family to their tasting room customers.
In early September of 2018, Integrated Beverage Group acquired the Duck Pond Cellars winery. The purchase included the winemaking facility and tasting room along with 300 acres in the Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley and Umpqua Valley.