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Oregon – Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and more

Wine country of the Dundee Hills Oregon is rightly known for the quality of its Pinot Noirs from the appellations of the Willamette Valley. We will look at a few of these in this brief tour around the State but also other well-priced and characterful wines and grapes. In preparation for our 10th editions, the […]

Vidon Vineyard Willamette Valley

This is a recently established small operation, producing Pinot Noir red as well as Tempranillo and Pinot Gris. The first vintage was in 2003 and the Pinot Noir is now labelled 3 Clones. As ever with small volume winemaking keeping a track of your favourite wines is not easy. Production of all the wines is […]

St Innocent Wine Willamette Valley

Mark Vlossak established his small operation in 1988 with a number of other investors producing just a few hundred cases in his first vintage. Today the output remains relatively small and he makes some of the most striking wines in the AVA, with two-thirds accounted for by Pinot Noir. A big and structured Pinot Gris […]

Andrew Rich Wines Willamette Valley

Andrew Rich established his operation a little over a decade ago and produces wines from both Oregon and Washington sources. As well as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer a range of Rhône varieties including Grenache, Mourvèdre and Roussanne as well as Syrah contribute to his small range. Sauvignon Blanc has been produced from the […]

Raptor Ridge Winery Willamette Valley

The Schulls produce a small and impressive range of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from a range of sources as well as one of the best value Willamette bottlings to be found in the State. They founded their winery in 1995 and have since planted a 7.5 ha (18 acre) site, which is farmed organically in the […]

Penner-Ash Wine Cellars Willamette Valley

Ron and Lynn Penner-Ash produce some rich and concentrated Willamette Valley Pinot Noir as well as small quantities of hand-crafted Syrah and Viognier. The Syrah comes from several different Oregon growers, while the Viognier is sourced from the Del Rio Vineyard in the south of the state. The Pinot Noir, a blend from a number […]

Panther Creek Winery Willamette Valley

This is an excellent producer of first-class Pinot Noir as well as Pinot Gris. The winery purchases fruit from a range of different vineyard sources throughout the Willamette Valley and, with long-term arrangements with growers, maintains a tight grip on viticulture. Careful sorting (triage) takes place prior to vinification and the practice of minimal intervention […]

Montinore Estate Willamette Valley

Rudy Marchesi is putting considerable investment into this sizeable operation since purchasing the winery in January 2006. The latest white vintages are already very promising and the Pinot Noirs consistently improving. The property consists of more than 84 ha (210 acres) of vineyards and is now farmed biodynamically. Of the two premium labeled Pinot Noirs […]

Lemelson Vineyards Willamette Valley

This new Willamette operation was established in 1999 with the completion of its winery facility. A small and impressive range of well priced Pinot Noirs are produced along with a good Chardonnay, dominated by melon and lightly mineral, spicy flavours rather than others which can be excessively tropical and oaky. Riesling and Pinot Gris are […]

King Estate Winery Willamette Valley

This is now a sizeable operation and the largest producer of Pinot Noir in Oregon. Quality ranges from good to very good and the wines are widely sourced throughout the state. The wines produced include the flagship Domaine and also well-priced Signature labels including a fine luscious icewine style Vin Glacé from estate grown Pinot […]

Coeur de Terre Vineyard Willamette Valley

The Neals established their property in 1998. Their vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir as well as Syrah, a small amount of Viognier to co-ferment with the Syrah in future releases, Rieslng and unusually for Oregon, Gruner Veltliner. Pinot Noir is the main focus though understandably and there are a number of different blocks with […]

Chehalem Vineyards Willamette Valley

Winemaking at Chehalem commenced in 1990. The winery is also now co-owned by Bill and Cathy Stoller of STOLLER VINEYARDS and Harry Peterson-Nedry is a part owner in their winery. There are now three estate vineyard sources, Ridgecrest, Stoller and Corral Creek, the total area under vine being some 106 ha (262 acres). Pinot Noir […]

Adea Wine Company Willamette Valley

This family operation began life under the Fisher label but this had to change because of a winery name conflict. Adea is now named after the members of the family. The family estate vineyard was planted in 1990 with aid from Michael Etzel of BEAUX FRÈRES and the first wine produced in 1995. The Adea […]

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