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Community shows support for Falk Estates

February 1, 2018 GMT

CANYONVILLE — When a home and winery belonging to the Falk family burned to the ground early Wednesday morning, community members took to social media to offer condolences and support.

The outpouring of love did not go unnoticed by Falk Estates Vineyards co-owner Tessa Falk. She posted on the winery’s Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, thanking them for their comments.

“First of all, we just want to say thank you again for all of your kind words and actions,” Tessa Falk said. “Our hearts are still so heavy today, but we have also felt an abundance of support from our loved ones and our community.”

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She said much of the 2017 wine had been destroyed in the fire, but all of the 2016 barrels are intact and only a small amount of the 2016 cased wine had been lost.

“However, we do still have plenty of wine and a great-looking vineyard,” Falk wrote. “Our family needs to take some time together to grieve all the love and memories we shared in that home, then we can work on creating something beautiful again.”

The wine page on the Falk Estates website will be updated for online purchases, Falk said, and customers can email wine@falkestatesvineyards.com for orders.

“We still have wine for our wonderful customers, our tasting room is just going to be closed for awhile,” she said in her post.

Tessa Falk and her father Greg Falk had opened Falk Estate Vineyards for wine tasting Dec. 17. They just hosted a wine release party on Sunday, when droves of wine enthusiasts visited the home on Bramblewood Lane.

Barbara Horst of Milo told The News-Review it was a shock to see the winery had burned down, because she was just there on Sunday for the party.

“That place is just an unbelievable venue for a winery and tasting room,” Horst said. “It’s so sad it’s gone and hopefully they’ll rebuild.”

Horst and her husband live along the Tiller Trail Highway in Milo, and she said she was happy to see a winery had opened close to her house. She said the 6,000-square-foot estate was crowded during Sunday’s event.

“I guess there were a lot more people there than they were even expecting,” Horst said. “It’s just a beautiful home, and then you could go out in the backyard where they had tables and you could sit and drink your wine and see views of the South Umpqua River.”

She said the wine was very good, and she bought a bottle of tempranillo.

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“It’s so strange they just opened the winery and now it’s gone,” Horst said. “We were happy to see a winery open in the area and we hope to see it come back.”

Horst said Greg Falk had been her husband’s doctor before he retired from Falk Family Medicine in Canyonville.

Tessa Falk had previously posted on Facebook that the wine tasting room will be closed until further notice.

“Once we mourn our home of almost 30 years and get the rest figured out, we will work on a new tasting room space,” she wrote.

Jennifer Oltjenbruns was one of the dozens of people who commented on the post, saying she was extremely saddened to hear the news.

“I know how hard your family has worked to get Falk Estates up and running,” she wrote. “I hope everyone is safe and I will continue to pray for your family.”

Mark Merrick wrote he was stunned and asked what he can do to help, while he and many others offered their thoughts and prayers.

Members of the Falk family declined to respond to The News-Review before deadline.