Wineries open their fields for 2017 total solar eclipse viewing

For those who weren't able to snag an Oregon State Park campsite or reserve a local hotel room to view the August total solar eclipse, there are still options to enjoy the event – and they involve wine.

Several Mid-Willamette Valley wineries will open their vineyards for camping and eclipse viewing for the Aug. 21 event, with packages including wine tasting, meals and weekend-long stays.

There are dozens of eclipse events throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley, with some allowing hundreds of campers to snooze under the stars in the middle of vineyards, but tickets are running low or completely sold out.

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Salem's own Arcane Cellars has already sold out tickets to its "Total Eclipse Package," which includes camping on its winery located on the banks of the Willamette River near the Wheatland Ferry. It also includes food, live music, eclipse video with Dr. Kemble Yates from Southern Oregon University, and a commemorative bottle of their special ECLIPSE Pinot Noir.

There are a few wineries with spaces left:

Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Eola Hills Wine Cellars is opening up its 200-acre Legacy Estate to people interested in pitching a tent or parking an RV amongst vineyards, flat meadows and oak trees.

"We're expecting around 1,200 people at our event but we are getting close to selling out," said Stephanie Bobb of Eola Hills Wine Cellars.

The winery is offering 12 packages, ranging from reserving a plot of land for camping starting at $25 to luxurious four-night stays at $2,900 per person.

People who are eager to sleep under the stars still have the opportunity to claim one of 50 tent campsites available, which can accommodate up to 200 people.

Also available are 40 RV campsites for those who want to get a taste of the outdoors without sleeping on the flat valley ground.

The winery is offering pricier four-day packages that include lodging in Western Oregon University dormitories and hotel stays in participating hotels – all of which include a lecture series hosted by Clark College, complementary pinot noir "eclipse wine," two drink tickets provided at the welcome reception and daily transportation from lodging areas to the Legacy Estate.

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What's available at Eola Hills Wine Cellars?

- 50 tent campsites, which can accommodate up to 200 people. Camping options start at $25. For more pricing details, call 1-800-291-6730.

- 40 RV campsites. Camping options start at $25. For more pricing details, call 1-800-291-6730. 

- 100 Western Oregon University dormitory rooms, which houses 200 beds. Between four and six people can share accommodations in these rooms. This Moon Package costs $900 per person.

- 15 rooms in participating hotels in the Mid-Willamette Valley as part of the winery's Sun Package. The Sun Package costs $2,000 per person.

- 10 rooms in participating hotels in the Mid-Willamette Valley as part of the winery's Corona and Totality packages. The Corona Package costs $2,500 per person, and the Totality Package costs $2,900 per person.

Bobb said large groups of people or corporate groups may request privacy on the vineyard grounds. For example, one group of astronomers are visiting the winery and requesting privacy while they analyze the eclipse. People interested in reserving a private group may call 503-623-2405.

Brooks Winery & Tasting Room

Brooks Winery & Tasting Room, located in Amity, is offering a "Starry Night Package," which will provide camping tents for up to 120 overnight campers on its roughly 3,000 square foot grounds.

Roughly 60 people have already registered for a tent online.

While the winery will provide a tent, campers will need to bring their own blow-up mattresses or sleeping bags. Attendees may choose to host between one and four people in each tent.

Janie Brooks Heuck, Brooks managing director, said she brought up the camping idea to her staff more than a year and a half ago because she felt people would love to experience the eclipse with a glass of wine in hand in the middle of a vineyard.

The winery is hosting Ethan Siegel, an astrophysicist from Lewis & Clark College, who will discuss eclipses while guests eat brunch and sip on wine and beer.

What's available at Brooks Winery & Tasting Room?

- Roughly 60 tents provided by the winery as part of the "Starry Night Package." The package costs $350 per person.

- The "Starry Night Package" includes the overnight stay, vineyard walk with the winemaker, barbecue supper with wine and beer, live music, eclipse talk by Ethan Siegel, yoga class, first ever Sparkling Riesling, and a commemorative t-shirt, glasses and eclipse glasses.

- The "Sunshine" package is available for those who just want to attend the day-of activities, which includes a yoga class, brunch with eclipse talk by Ethan Siegel, first ever Sparkling Riesling, and a commemorative t-shirt, glasses and eclipse glasses. The package costs $150 per person.

Siegel will spend the night along with campers and host a star watch event when night falls.

After the eclipse, both overnight and day-of attendees will celebrate the solar event with a glass of Brooks' first ever Sparkling Riesling.

To purchase tickets for the "Starry Night" or "Sunshine" packages, visit the Brooks Winery & Tasting Room website

Related: Oregon campsites for eclipse booked in record time

Tyee Wine Cellars

Corvallis winery Tyee Wine Cellars has 100 tickets available for its eclipse campout package, which includes a 20’ x 20’ tent site in its orchard or RV site near its barns, "farm fresh" meals and hayrides.

Two adults are allowed in each campsite and tickets for children under 10 years old may be negotiated. As there is limited availability, the winery requires people to buy tickets in advance.

What's available at Tyee Wine Cellars?

- Roughly 100 20’ x 20’ camping sites in its orchard or RV site near its barns.

- Eclipse Campout includes: campsite, breakfast, brunch and dinner, "intergalactic music" by The Space Neighbors, bonfire, hayrides and hiking trails and eclipse viewing glasses. Wine is not included but is available for purchase. The campout package costs $160 per person.

Travel Salem is compiling a list of eclipse events in the region, which can be navigated on its website. Visit  for a list of eclipse viewing parties or camping opportunities.

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