About Nehalem Bay Winery
Bay Winery began when Patrick McCoy became fascinated by the then infant wine
making industry in Oregon.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
the Nehalem Bay Winery and visit with the managers John, Melissa and Kyle at
the Depoe Bay Winery. They will love to see you and maybe Ray will around the
winery with stories of his latest adventures or contact him on his personal
email email@example.com for more
information on the projects..
are now approximately 350 wineries in Oregon. Many are tiny wineries producing
small amounts by industry standards(less than 3,000 cases) with limited
distribution systems. Nehalem Bay Winery currently now sells over 4,000 cases a