A n Oregon native, Mike McLain has had a lifelong appreciation for wine. He began making wine as an amateur and planted his first vineyard in 1978. In 1981 he began his career as a broker specializing in winegrapevineyards, vineyard suitable land and winery business opportunities. He has brokered in the sale of more than 300 various vineyard-related properties, including 12 wineries, within the last 15 years.

Mike at his induction as a Master Knight in the Oregon Wine Brotherhood.

Mike at his induction as a Master Knight in the Oregon Wine Brotherhood.

Today, Mike and his wife, Karen, own and operate Springhill Cellars in Albany, Oregon. They grow about 20 acres of grapes, primarily Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and produce about 1500 cases of wine each year.

Springhill Cellars wine is distributed throughout Oregon and in Southern California, Chicago, Phoenix and Seattle. Reviews of Springhill Cellars wines are available in The Wine Spectator (search for 1995 and 1996 Oregon Pinots).

Mike’s hands on experience in all things wine – real estate, viticulture, winemaking, and the Willamette Valley – makes him the most knowledgeable broker in the Oregon wine industry and your best bet for buying vineyard property wisely.

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A licensed real estate agent since 1979 and a licensed broker since 1987, Mike has successfully completed the National Realtor’s Association and Appraisal Course, Commercial and Investment 101 (CCIM Series), at the Center for Professional Studies in Eugene.

As a Realtor, he is a  member of the Portland Multiple Listing Service, the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council and the Oregon Winegrower’s Association, where he has served as president of the South Willamette Region three times and as a member of the OWA State Board.

Since 1981, has specialized in winegrape vineyards, vineyard-suitable land and winery business opportunities. He has brokered the sale of more than 300 various vineyard-related properties, including 12 wineries, within the last 15 years.

He owns and manages the McLain Vineyards on Scenic Drive in North Albany. The 10-acre vineyard was established in 1978, and has 10 acres currently in production. He also owns the  McLain Vineyard on Walnut Hill in Yamhill County, with 13 acres of vines in production.

From 1982-1987, he was a partner in Bailey-McLain Vineyard Management, a consulting and management services firm for established and start-up wine-grape vineyards. The company helped  establish or manage more than 250 acres of vineyards in the Umpqua and Willamette Valleys.

Currently, he is the owner, winemaker and president of Springhill Cellars Winery Inc. in Albany. The winery, established in 1988, has won numerous awards for its wines, including best-of-show for Pinot Noir at the Oregon State Fair, the Newport Seafood Festival (twice) and the Sunriver Sunfest. The Wine Spectator ranked the 1995, 1996 and 1999 Springhill Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir at 90, 87  and 88, respectively.

Mike was engaged in wine-related fee appraisals until 1990 and has served since as a consultant for state-certified appraisers. He continues to do fee valuations.

In the 2003 edition of Oregon Viticulture, the authoritative guide to growing grapes in Oregon, he is the author of  the Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area section of  the chapter on Oregon Winegrowing Regions.