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Ah, one of the best hotels in The Dalles at this time is The Sunshine Mill. This ad explains the relationship of today's facility to the building's 130-year history.

The Sunshine Mill has a long, colorful history. The Sunshine Mill has ground wheat on this property for more than 130 years and was the first building in The Dalles that had power and was powered by a Thomas Edison engine still seen in The Mill. It is also the only designated skyscraper in the Columbia River Gorge. The Sunshine Biscuit Company once owned this property, and the wheat that was milled here was used to make the most popular cracker, the Cheez-It! The Sunshine Mill now houses the Quenett and Copa Di Vino wineries owned by James and Molli Martin, both operated by The Dalles. Quenett Winery brought out its first vintage in 2002 and entered the wine scene with its excellent vintages Sangiovese and Zinfandel. The word Quenett comes from the magazines of Lewis and Clark, which camped on the lush and fertile banks of the Columbia River and learned from the local Indians that the word meant Quenett "Steelhead". The story and inspiration for Copa Di Vino or "Wine by the Glass" takes us on a high-speed train through Provence, where James and Molli first saw the concept of ready-to-drink wine. They brought their idea back to the States and began rehabilitation of the Sunshine Mill campus to become the production facility and tasting room for the Copa Di Vino, which has been on site since 2009. Take a walk through the grounds and discover The Sunshine Mill, the stunning estate that James and Molli have crafted from artifacts found here to share with you. Enjoy a tasting or a glass of wine in our amphitheater. Order an antipasto platter, which you can enjoy in the Boiler House Bar and drink in the Sunshine Mill.

Years ago, before the site was refurbished by the current owners, the Silo and Mill deserted and were quickly in a process of decline and neglect. Originally, there were several beautiful warehouses that had collapsed or were structurally outside the repair point. One remaining structure has been stabilized, but the back wall has remained unpainted and shows the original brick façade.

Several years ago, I took pictures of this site before being reclaimed and repaired to look like it is now. You can go to this set of images to see what the site looked like before it was converted into a Copa Divine product winery and production and packaging facility.

Here is the link: flic.kr/s/aHskqxuL6a



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