As proprietors, Kelley and Aaron Lee, we begin our story in 2010 when we leased a section of the former Stadelman Building that would eventually be home to Maison de Glace Winery.
The building was constructed in approximately 1909, for the manufacture of ice and cold storage for keeping perishable fruit. Early ice merchants often transported large block of ice from mountain ice caves and stored them in well-insulated bays in The Dalles to provide ice for the drinks of thirsty customers at local hotels and restaurants. The facility held the distinction of being the largest ice and cold storage plant in eastern Oregon.
Kelley's great grandfather, Jesse Martin Mason, later took over the Ice business. Grandpa Mason was ahead of his time in setting fair prices and delivering ice to all his customers. The previous vendor charged 50% more per pound and sold minimum 5 and 10 lb. blocks. Grandpa raised the minimum to 25 lb. but guaranteed it would last longer than 5-10 lb. blocks. He encountered resistance at first because of the additional cost outlay up front. Grandpa Mason's method of reducing price/lb. and increasing the size of the sale, reduced his melt-age loss on the truck considerably. Therefore, he in the long run and his customer's had a better benefit. He made more money and the ice lasted longer.
Local residents may remember the old ice truck was a late 40's Dodge red power wagon pickup truck with black fenders that had a silver metal cover over the bed where the ice was kept. On the cover it read 'Mason's Ice'. Our wine label captures all of the color elements of the old ice truck.
Owners Aaron and Kelley Lee
Over a glass of wine, Kelley & Aaron decided that the west facing store front would make an ideal place for the tasting room. In the summer of 2011, renovation began on the 2,000 square foot section of the building.
During the next couple of months what we believe to be the former ice crushing area was renovated to make the winery tasting room. Over a few more glasses of wine, we came up with the name of Maison de Glace Winery. Maison de Glace translates from French to mean "House of Ice." It is a history that complements our new venture and is an extension of ice house transitions over the years.
The tasting room renovation was completed in November 2011. In a quaint, cozy style it features an industrial feel with muted colors and a massive 3,000-pound concrete counter that was poured in place.
Truly, this is not the end of our story but the beginning of a dream that has become reality...thank you for joining us!
208 LAUGHLIN STREET • THE DALLES, OREGON 97058 • 541-993-4640
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