Featured Wineries 2017 North America
AMITY VINEYARDS (Amity, OR)
Represented by JP Caldcleugh and Justin Hoffman
Amity Vineyards was founded in 1974 in what is now the Eola-Amity Hills. A pioneer in the Oregon wine business, Amity Vineyards produced the first Gamay noir in the United States. The vineyard was planted in 1971, with a total of 15 acres planted of Pinot noir, Riesling and Pinot blanc. Inspired by the rich heritage of exploration that is a part of these hills, Ryan Harms, of Union Wine Company, and his brother Eric Harms, purchased Amity Vineyards in 2014, and have brought new energy to this pioneering craft winery. Ryan is a modern wine pioneer who is helping define what Oregon winemaking can be. He became interested in reinvigorating the uniqueness of Amity’s past for a modern context, bringing this integral Oregon winery and its beauty to more people.
ANDERSON FAMILY VINEYARD (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Cliff and Allison Anderson
Founders Cliff and Allison began making wine in the early 1960s and began growing grapes in the 1970s. Anderson Family Vineyard sources all its fruit from the 26-year-old estate vineyard planted on a steep, rocky slope formed by a landslide. The unirrigated site produces dark, spicy, layered wines with plenty of structure for long-term aging. Inspired by the work of Jack Myers, Cliff and Allison planted their site with five different clones of Pinot noir divided into seven different blocks, and entrusted the farming to Rudy Chavez. The winemaking at Anderson Family Vineyard is hands-on. Native yeasts drive the fermentations that take place in a multitude of small fermenters. The wines are treated carefully, using gravity instead of pumps, and hand-bottled on-site.
ANGELA ESTATE (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Antony and Angela Beck
Angela Estate is a small family winery in Oregon with an international pedigree. The winery is a collaboration between second-generation South African winery owners Antony and Angela Beck and winemaker Ken Wright. Angela Estate specializes in producing single-vineyard, estate Pinot noirs from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Antony continues his father’s legacy in South Africa with Graham Beck winery and began a new one in Oregon with winemaker Ken Wright.
ANTICA TERRA (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Maggie Harrison
Having never set foot in a winery, Maggie Harrison, through dumb luck and an embarrassing show of tenacity, became the first assistant winemaker at Elaine and Manfred Krankl’s Sine Qua Non. She apprenticed for eight wonderful, life-changing harvests and, in 2004, made plans to strike out on her own and started a small Syrah project called Lillian. These plans also included settling down in Santa Barbara, a place she never intended to leave. When she was invited to become the winemaker at Antica Terra she emphatically refused. But the vineyard owners were crafty. They asked Maggie if she would simply look at the vineyard and offer her opinion about the qualities of the site. She reluctantly agreed. Twenty-six seconds after arriving among the oaks, fossils, and stunted vines she found herself hunched beneath one of the trees, phone in hand, explaining to her husband they would be moving to Oregon.
ARGYLE (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Nate Klostermann and Chris Cullina
This year Argyle Winery celebrates 30 years of farming vineyards, making fine wine and building relationships in the Willamette Valley. What began as a conviction to grow world class sparkling wine expanded to an ambition to build a legacy through the long life of the wines themselves, whether they be sparkling wines, Riesling, Chardonnay or Pinot noir. Since the beginning, Argyle has been a story of innovation and reinvention. The new Tasting House recently opened in the same downtown Dundee location Argyle has called home since 1987.
BECKHAM ESTATE VINEYARD (Sherwood, OR)
Represented by Andrew and Annedria Beckham
In 2004 Andrew and Annedria Beckham purchased 28 acres in the Chehalem Mountains to find room for a growing family and an art studio for Andrew’s ceramic works. Inspired by neighbors’ vineyards, those plans quickly took a detour, and the Beckham family prepared the land to plant Pinot noir vines in the spring of 2005. The philosopher George Santayana wrote “the family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” When a family unites to create a vineyard, the favor is in some small way returned. 2009 marked the first vintage release under the Beckham Estate Vineyard label. 2013 brought the convergence of passions and the beginning of the Amphora Project. Andrew, a potter by trade began making the terra cotta vessels to ferment and age some of their wines. Their organic, dry-farmed vineyard has grown to include 5.5 acres of Pinot noir and an acre of Riesling with plans to add Trousseau, Savagnin, and Chardonnay in the future.
BELLE PENTE (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Brian O’Donnell and Jill O’Donnell
Belle Pente was established in 1992 when Jill and Brian O’Donnell purchased a historic 70-acre farm in what is now the heart of the Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Planting the estate vineyard began in 1994, and the first Pinot noir was produced in 1996. Belle Pente means “beautiful slope,” a perfect description for the steep hillside vineyard site. The name also implies a commitment to making wines gently and naturally, capturing the essence of each individual vineyard site, and reflective of the vintage. The estate vineyard now includes twelve acres of mature Pinot noir vines densely planted in shallow marine sedimentary soils, and dry-farmed using organic and biodynamic practices. The Estate Reserve Pinot noir is the top cuvee: a selection of individual lots from the best sections of the vineyard, aged for at least 18 months in barrel, and gravity bottled without fining or filtration.
BETHEL HEIGHTS VINEYARD (Salem, OR)
Represented by Ben Casteel and Pat Dudley
Gnarly old vines, geologically complex hillside soils, and direct impact from Æolian winds – all conspire to create highly energized wines with firm backbones, depth of character, and distinctive personalities. Nine different bottlings of estate grown Pinot noir and Chardonnay each year barely begin to tell the tale… Bethel Heights Vineyard was established in 1977 in the Eola-Amity Hills by brothers Ted and Terry Casteel and their partners Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb. In 2006, Ben Casteel took over for his father as winemaker at Bethel Heights. Over the last 40 years, the family has grown the estate vineyards to 100 acres, but the original 50 acres of own-rooted Pinot noir and Chardonnay vines they planted in the 70’s continue to provide the backbone of Bethel Heights estate grown wines.
BIG TABLE FARM (Gaston, OR)
Represented by Clare Carver and Brian Marcy
In 2006 Brian and Clare moved to Oregon from Napa, where Brian had been making wine for ten years. They bought property in the Willamette Valley, which is now big table farm. This Oregon adventure was inspired by their desire to grow grapes, make wine, and to have the space for all of Clare’s animals and Brian’s wacky projects. They named the farm and winery after the goal to provide a gracious and welcoming table, with a cornucopia of handcrafted food and wine. Now, almost ten years after they took the leap, Brian and Clare have developed the land into a working farm and have built a winery and barn. In Brian’s words, “We feel lucky to live here and we are still in awe and deeply grateful for the chance to build this dream and share it with you!”
BRICK HOUSE WINE COMPANY (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Doug Tunnell and Melissa Mills
Overlooking Oregon’s verdant Chehalem Valley, Brick House is a 40-acre farm first planted to wine grapes in 1990. Brick House wines are grown in the vineyards surrounding a 1931 vintage, brick farmhouse. Certified organic since 1990 and Demeter Biodynamic™ since 2005, Brick House produces Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Gamay noir in harmony with nature. The winemaking is decidedly non-interventionist, incorporating several unique strains of yeasts native to the farm and the old-barn winery. All the wines are bottled on site and by hand, with an eye to quality at every step of the production process. Great care is taken to respect vintage variations and, most of all, the unique characteristics of the site. From the first day of pruning to the last of harvest, Doug Tunnell and his team strive to make wines that reflect the beauty and complexity of the Brick House farm.
BROOKS (Amity, OR)
Represented by Chris Williams and Heather Kirk
Brooks is the living legacy of Jimi Brooks, a visionary Portland native who learned the hard work of winemaking and farming in Beaujolais, France. He founded Brooks in the Eola-Amity Hills in 1998, with a focus on expressive Riesling and Pinot Noir. While Jimi is no longer with us, his strong commitment to biodynamic farming, his gentle approach to winemaking and his excitement for the Willamette Valley live on at Brooks. Brooks is owned by Jimi’s son, Pascal, now 21 years old. Chris Williams, who was Jimi’s assistant has been in charge of the wines since 2005. Janie Brooks Heuck, Jimi’s only sibling, has been managing Brooks since his passing in 2004. Together, the three are committed to carrying out and improving on his vision. The IPNC was an important event to Jimi and we are committed and proud to be involved every year.
CAMERON (Dundee, OR)
Represented by John Paul and Tawny Paul
In 1984, John Paul and Teri Wadsworth came north from the Napa Valley to form a partnership with Bill and Julia Wayne who had planted their first vines at Abbey Ridge Vineyard in 1976. Together, they planted Clos Electrique, the estate vineyard at the new winery in 1984 and commenced their first vintage together that same year using fruit from the young Abbey Ridge vines. John and Teri’s daughter, Tawny, was John’s 2-year-old assistant during that first vintage. The winery’s current label designer, Julian, came along 3 years later. Today, with grey hair and old vines at his command, John Paul continues to make small quantities of some of the most sought-after wines in Oregon. Throughout its 33-year existence, Cameron has grown all its grapes organically without any irrigation.
DOBBES FAMILY ESTATE (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Joe Dobbes and Patricia Dobbes
Oregon-bred and French-trained, Joe Dobbes has been artistically crafting highly acclaimed Oregon wines for over 30 years. Joe began his career apprenticing at Weingut Erbhof Tesch in Germany’s Nahe region, and at Domaine G. Roumier and Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Burgundy with wine legends Christophe Roumier and Dominique Lafon. Stateside, Joe has produced wine for Elk Cove Vineyards, Eola Hills, Hinman/Sylvan Ridge, Paschal Winery, and Willamette Valley Vineyards, including the Griffin Creek and Tualatin Estate labels. Launched in 2002, Dobbes Family Estate winery is the realization of Joe Dobbes’ dream of a family wine business. Dobbes Family Estate wines represent the best of Oregon’s varietals: Willamette Valley Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Rosé and Rogue Valley Syrah, Grenache blanc and Viognier. Joe carefully selects fruit from vineyards with differing elevations, soil types and clones to provide exactly what he needs to consistently produce high-scoring wines true to their varietal character.
DOMAINE DROUHIN OREGON (Dayton, OR)
Represented by Véronique Drouhin-Boss and David Millman
Established in 1987, Domaine Drouhin Oregon is owned by the Drouhin family of Burgundy. Today the winery sits on a 225-acre estate, with 124 acres under vine in the Dundee Hills. The Drouhin family also recently purchased Roserock, a beautiful vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Fourth-generation winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss has become internationally recognized for producing wines of distinction, balance and longevity. Philippe Drouhin, who oversees the family vineyards in Burgundy and Oregon, is equally well regarded for his viticulture skills. Domaine Drouhin Oregon’s vineyards and winery are both LIVE certified sustainable, and the property maintains one of the largest solar panel arrays of any Oregon winery. The family’s principled approach to viticulture and winemaking, and long experience with Pinot noir and Chardonnay, have earned an international reputation for consistent excellence.
DUSKY GOOSE (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Natalie Sigafoos
Dusky Goose makes Pinot noir and Chardonnay to share with family and friends. John and Linda Carter chose the sites for the estate vineyards for their distinctive slopes, soil types and unique microclimates. Each one is farmed with low impact sensibilities, a commitment to low-yields, and limited production, while making no compromises to the integrity of the fruit, vines, or the land. This no-compromises approach to growing superior quality fruit allows Dusky Goose to produce distinctive Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash has been an integral part of the Dusky Goose story since the first vintage in 2002, crafting silky, stunning and age-worthy wines. Dusky Goose is committed to only bottling and sharing the very finest wines in their cellars. Wines one can take pleasure in sharing with family and friends.
EVENING LAND VINEYARDS (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Rajat Parr and Gerich Fellerman
Established in 1984, Evening Land’s Seven Springs Estate Vineyard produces benchmark Oregon Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay in the Eola-Amity Hills. Evening Land’s Seven Springs Estate wines are farmed and vinified by Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr.
FAIRSING VINEYARD (Yamhill, OR)
Represented by Mary Ann McNally and Mike McNally
Nestled within a certified sustainable forest, Fairsing Vineyard draws upon the enduring farming and merchant traditions of Mary Ann and Mike McNally’s Irish ancestors. Established in 2005, the family-owned, Yamhill-Carlton AVA winery and vineyard is distinguished by its ancient sedimentary siltstone, varied topography and biodiversity. Forty acres of Chardonnay and Pinot noir are planted on south-facing slopes ranging from 400 to 750 in elevation and include Dijon 667, 777, 114, 115, Pommard and Wadensvil selections. Sweeping panoramic views showcase the Northern Willamette Valley and peaks from the Cascades to the Coastal Mountain Ranges. Winemaker Robert Brittan’s extensive wine making experience ensures the wines reflect the abundant beauty and complexity of the estate. Committed to nurturing the land through sustainable agriculture practices, Fairsing Vineyard is a certified member of the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) program, Salmon Safe and the American Tree Farm System.
THE FOUR GRACES (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Marc Myers
One of the most successful Oregon wineries, The Four Graces was established by the Black family in 2003 with the purchase of the Black Family Estate in Dundee, Oregon. The winery offers Pinot noir with small amounts of Pinot gris and Pinot blanc that are estate crafted and defined by the terroir of the Dundee Hills AVA and Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The wines come from two estate vineyards – the Foley Family Estate, formerly the Black Family Estate, Doe Ridge, and other top sites in the Willamette Valley. The Four Graces is committed to making rich, complex wines where the fruit may be elegantly expressed. The quaint tasting room and estate vineyards are located amongst some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Willamette Valley.
FOX FARM VINEYARDS (Dundee, OR)
Represented by David Fish and Thomas Ratcliff
Fox Farm Vineyards is a boutique winery focusing on small batches of single-vineyard, site-specific Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Syrah wines. Their mission statement is: Purity + Precision + Place = Pinot Noir. Fox Farm vinifies Pinot noir from several of the Willamette Valley’s AVAs, including Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton, and Eola-Amity as well as making a multi-AVA blend. With a limited production, Fox Farm Vineyards wines can be tasted at their Dundee tasting room, or found exclusively on the lists of fine restaurants in the western United States. Chefs and sommeliers appreciate Fox Farm wines for their pure, focused qualities and their capacity to pair very well with food.
HAWKS VIEW CELLARS (Sherwood, OR)
Represented by Donald Crank and AJ Kemp
At the northern reaches of the Willamette Valley, in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, lies Hawks View Vineyard. Established in 1991, the vineyard has proven to be the source of outstanding vintages of Pinot Noir made in both Oregon and California wineries. After years of farming the grapes, the Kemp family launched an estate winery, breaking ground on Hawks View Cellars shortly after harvest 2007. The winery devotes its 5000-case production facility to crafting exceptional wines from the estate, and a few single vineyard offerings from other vineyards. Moving forward from enthusiastically collecting and drinking Oregon Pinot Noir to realizing their life-long dream of growing premium cool climate Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley, the Ponte family of Ponte Winery in Temecula California, has recently purchased the vineyard and winery from the Kemps after an exhaustive search of sites in the Willamette Valley. George Hillberry continues in his 11th year of meticulous vineyard management of the almost 50-acre dry-farmed estate vineyard. Taking the helm of wine production is Oregon veteran winemaker, Don Crank, who leverages his 17 years of Oregon experience to craft wines that capture both the place they are grown and the imagination of the connoisseur who enjoys them.
HOLLORAN VINEYARD WINES (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Bill Holloran and Mark LaGasse
Since 1999 Holloran Vineyard Wines has grown and produced wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Their handcrafted wines start in the vineyards they own and farm using organic and biodynamic practices. They emphasize low yields and careful hands-on management of the vines to produce wines that express the unique characteristics of their vineyard sites, including their older vines planted in the early 1970’s.
HYLAND ESTATES (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Laurent Montalieu and Anne Sery
The historic Hyland Vineyard lies in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range near McMinnville, Oregon. First planted in 1971, Hyland is one of Oregon’s oldest and most storied vineyards, spanning over 185 acres of vine. Walking Hyland’s rows is like taking a tour through the history of Oregon viticulture, with plantings marking many of the major developments in grape-growing. Hyland was also one of the first vineyards to plant and develop distinct, site-specific clones. Today these old, gnarled vines represent some of the best-preserved plantings of self-rooted Coury, Wädenswil, and Pommard clones in Oregon, as well as some of the first Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Chardonnay vines planted in the state. With storied winemaker Laurent Montalieu at the helm, Hyland Estates showcases the culmination of over 45 years of vineyard growth and development – the epitome of old-vine, terroir-driven wine production.
IRIS VINEYARDS (Eugene, OR)
Represented by Aaron Liberman and Pamela Frye
Nestled in the Southern Willamette Valley, southwest of Eugene, Iris Vineyards produces wines from grapes grown at their Chalice Vineyard. Iris’ first vines were planted in 1996 by owners Pamela Frye and Richard Boyles. The vineyard is ideally situated in a cooler climate, allowing grapes to mature slowly while maintaining proper acid balance essential for producing the finest Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay. The first vintage under the Iris label was 2001. After several vintages, Pamela and Richard built their own winery in Cottage Grove, OR. Winemaker Aaron Lieberman joined Iris for vintage 2008, the first to be produced in this new facility. Together, they strive to make wines that are honest, distinctive representations of the fruit. Iris Vineyards believes that great wines require the hands-on effort of a winemaker with an understanding of the vineyards from which the wine grapes originate and each lot of wine in the cellar.
LENNÉ (Yamhill, OR)
Represented by Stephen Lutz and Karen Lutz
Lenné sits on a steep, south-facing slope near the town of Yamhill, Oregon. The poor sedimentary soils produce wines with density because of the small cluster and berry size. Lenné wines have a distinct mid-palate texture and a mocha aroma. People often ask about the origins of the name “Lenné.” It was born from a chicken farm west of London, England, in the small village of Wolkingham. It was there that Karen Lutz’s father, “Len the hen,” raised chickens and a family. The chicken farm is long gone, replaced by upscale houses and Lenny gone with it, having died in 1999. With his passing, Len helped put a down payment on Lenné. Their property in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA was once part of a large dairy farm and sits on a soil type called “peavine.” Its unique location really sets Lenné Pinot noirs apart.
LINGUA FRANCA (Salem, OR)
Represented by Larry Stone and Dominique Lafon
Lingua Franca is a partnership of Master Sommelier Larry Stone, a native of the Pacific Northwest, Dominique Lafon, an iconic producer of Burgundy and mentor to many young winemakers in the Willamette Valley, and David Honig, a successful attorney with experience in the wine business. Thomas Savre, the winemaker, graduated from Dijon University and has extensive experience in Burgundy, including a stage at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Dujac. Lingua Franca was founded on a 66-acre vineyard planted in the Eola-Amity Hills, which produced its first harvested fruit in 2016. To date, Lingua Franca has been leasing a 5-acre Chardonnay vineyard on Bunker Hill Road in Salem, planted in 1995 to Dijon clone 76. Starting in 2017, the Lingua Franca vineyard will be farmed with the support of viticulture specialist Mimi Casteel.
MAYSARA WINERY (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Tahmiene Momtazi and Moe Momtazi
Maysara Winery – which translates to “house of wine,” a nod to the Momtazi family’s Persian heritage – is deeply rooted in cultural traditions, respect for the surrounding land, and a commitment to biodynamic farming and winemaking practices. At Maysara they believe that the essential part of winemaking takes place in the vineyard. They maintain a strict form of land use, acting as stewards of the land in order to nurture and reap the rewards naturally. Without using minerals, chemicals or pesticides to maintain their vineyard, they instead use tea steeped from a variety of medicinal herbs and flowers grown on the vineyard. The high quality and manipulation free wines made from Momtazi Vineyards’ grapes have shown that dedication to both the vineyard’s terroir and biodynamic farming and winemaking practices are well worth the effort.
MONTINORE ESTATE (Forest Grove, OR)
Represented by Rudy Marchesi and Stephen Webber
Planted in 1982, Montinore Estate is home to 220 acres of certified Biodynamic and Organic vineyards, a winery, and a tasting room. Montinore yields America’s largest production of wines made with Biodynamic grapes. Montinore is the project of winery President Rudy Marchesi, his youngest daughter, General Manager Kristin Marchesi, Winemaker Stephen Webber, Vineyard Manager Efren Rosales and staff. Rudy and his team work together to grow and produce wines from the cool climate varietals Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Müller-Thurgau that have both elegance and complexity. Montinore’s wines reflect the highest level of craft and are true to their varietal, their Laurelwood soils, and their special place in Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley.
NICOLAS-JAY (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Jean-Nicolas Méo and Jay Boberg
Inspired by the quality and diversity of the Willamette Valley terroir, in 2012 Jean-Nicolas Méo partnered with his friend of three decades, visionary music entrepreneur Jay Boberg to found Domaine Nicolas-Jay. There Jean-Nicolas applies insights gained from working with legendary sites such as Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, Corton Clos Rognet, and Échezeaux. Given their shared love of Pinot noir and their common goal to build something lasting, in 2012 Jay and Jean-Nicolas purchased the organically-farmed Bishop Creek Vineyard on the hillsides of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, a site characterized by the diversity of its soils, clones, and elevation. To complement the exceptional estate fruit, Jay, Jean-Nicolas, and associate winemaker Tracy Kendall have established relationships with famed vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley, including Nysa, Momtazi, Zenith, and Knight’s Gambit. The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot noir was their début wine, followed by two limited, single-vineyard designates.
PENNER-ASH WINE CELLARS (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Lynn Penner-Ash and Kate Ayres
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars embodies the spirit and passion of small producers focusing on Pinot Noir in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. Lynn Penner-Ash was lured to Oregon by Rex Hill Vineyards in 1988 after working for many years in premier wineries in the Napa Valley. Lynn and her husband Ron started Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in 1998. In the winery, the focus is on small-lot indigenous yeast fermentation with extended cold soaks to extract a rich, fruit-focused and textured mouth feel. Each lot is treated individually and depending on the outcome, either blended into a reserve-quality Willamette Valley Pinot noir, or bottled separately as a vineyard designate. The Penner-Ash winery and tasting room sit amid 15 acres of estate Pinot Noir vineyards, with breathtaking and expansive views of the vineyard and the valley, bound by the Chehalem Mountains to the north and the Red Hills of Dundee to the south.
PHELPS CREEK VINEYARDS (Hood River, OR)
Represented by Robert Morus and Lynette Barss-Morus
In 1990, Robert (Bob) Morus founded Phelps Creek Vineyards in Hood River, Oregon. The 77-acre, steeply sloped estate holds stunning views of Mount Hood. Today, the family run vineyard consists of 34 acres, specializing in Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot gris. Alexandrine Roy, of Domaine Marc Roy in Gevery-Chambertin, joined the team beginning in 2007. Typically, she visits the winery 3-4 times each year, focusing on applying traditional French winemaking techniques to Phelps Creek’s limited production wines. Cuvée Alexandrine, Phelps Creek’s flagship Pinot noir, Fleur de Roy, a Rosé of Pinot noir, and “Corduroy,” a gorgeous Pinot noir blanc collectively display her signature style. Alexandrine’s story as a fourth-generation winemaker producing acclaimed wines, both in Burgundy and in Oregon, intrigues wine critics and consumers alike. Her winemaking passion pairs nicely with Phelps Creek’s devotion to growing the finest Pinot noir in the Columbia Gorge.
RÉSONANCE (Yamhill-Carlton, OR)
Represented by Jacques Lardière, Thibault Gagey, and Pierre-Henry Gagey
Since 1859 Louis Jadot has been producing wines from the heartland of Pinot noir, the French region of Burgundy. In 2013 Louis Jadot had the opportunity to expand its horizons and purchased the Résonance Vineyard located in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Prior to taking this huge step, the Louis Jadot team visited Oregon several times. They deeply appreciated what they saw, not just in terms of the place itself, but also its wines and the people who lived and worked in the area. Because the purchase of the vineyard marked the departure point of a new adventure, they decided to call the project “Résonance”. In 2014 Louis Jadot acquired a second vineyard located in the Dundee Hills AVA and called it “Découverte.” Most recently, the revered Burgundy house has a piece of land next to Résonance Vineyard where they plan to build a winery. The Résonance adventure continues!
DOMAINE ROY ET FILS (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Jared Etzel
Domaine Roy et fils’ mission is to produce wines of purity and transparency at the highest level from their properties in Dundee and Carlton. Marc-André Roy and winemaker Jared Etzel established Domaine Roy & fils in 2012 to celebrate their heritage and continue the winemaking history of their fathers, Robert Roy and Michael Etzel, who founded Beaux Frères Winery in 1991. Over 20 years later, the two families have kept the same focus of producing timeless wine through meticulous and almost obsessive work in the estate vineyards. They continue the tradition of making fine wine and are humbled by the opportunity to work with two exceptional properties on one of the frontiers for premium Pinot noir. Through meticulous stewardship of the land, a minimalist winemaking approach, and a commitment to organic farming, Domaine Roy et fils wines exhibit a full expression of vintage and terroir.
SAFFRON FIELDS VINEYARD (Yamhill, OR)
Represented by Sanjeev Lahoti and Angela Summers
Saffron Fields Vineyard is owned by two chemical engineers – Angela Summers and Sanjeev Lahoti who came to Oregon for the love of Pinot noir. Angela and Sanjeev purchased their 90-acre property, a grass seed farm, located near the town of Yamhill, OR. The sustainably farmed vineyard now has 32 acres of Pinot noir and 3 acres of Chardonnay vines. Renowned winemaker Tony Rynders crafts the wine from this special site showcasing the estate fruit from the expressive sedimentary soils of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The elegant wines feature vibrant flavors with supple tannins and great structure. In Oregon, and the wine industry, Angela and Sanjeev have found their perfect second career. They have incorporated their passions in the Saffron Fields tasting room with a contemporary art collection, a Japanese garden, and a fruit orchard.
SEVEN OF HEARTS (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Byron Dooley and Dana Dooley
Byron and Dana Dooley transitioned from high tech in 2001 to follow their passions in wine and chocolate. He studied enology and viticulture at Napa Valley College, interned for a respected Pinot noir producer in Sonoma, planted a small vineyard on Howell Mountain in Napa, and produced wine from that vineyard. After Byron earned his winemaking degree, he and Dana were drawn to Oregon’s Willamette Valley for its beauty, climate, and remarkable Pinot noir. In 2004, they purchased and planted the 12-acre Luminous Hills Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, a property once owned by Steve Jobs. Dana launched a chocolate business specializing in wine pairing chocolates. Byron works with many growers and sources Pinot noir from distinctive vineyards within the sub-AVAs of the Willamette Valley, producing single vineyard Pinot noirs with site focus as well as blends that capture the broader expression of each vintage in the Willamette Valley.
STOLLER FAMILY ESTATE (Dayton, OR)
Represented by Melissa Burr and Gary Mortensen
Stoller Family Estate is one of the most highly regarded vineyards and wineries in Oregon. Pioneering Oregonian and founder Bill Stoller purchased his family’s second-generation farm in 1993 with the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for the land and Oregon wine industry. Over the last 20 years, he has patiently transformed the 373-acre property into the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills that has become synonymous with producing exceptional wines. Stoller Family Estate features the world’s first LEED® Gold certified winery, three guest homes and a state of the art tasting room with panoramic vineyard views. Stoller Family Estate was named Oregon’s Most Admired Winery by the Portland Business Journal in 2017 and best tasting room on the West Coast by USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice poll in 2016.
VAN DUZER VINEYARDS (Dallas, OR)
Represented by Florent-Pierre Merlier and Todd Martin
Intrigued by the potential of the microclimate and its ability to produce evocative Pinot noir, Carl and Marilynn Thoma were among the first to choose the foothills at the mouth of the Van Duzer Corridor to build their family estate in 1998. Perched atop a knoll surrounded by vines on three sides, the site is situated in the gateway of the Corridor—a deep gap in the Oregon Coast Range that draws brisk air from the Pacific Ocean into the Willamette Valley. These tempering breezes moderate vineyard conditions creating an optimal growing environment. Winemaker Florent Merlier embarked upon his wine career in Burgundy where he learned to harmonize meticulous winemaking practices with thoughtful, principled vineyard management. The Van Duzer Vineyards block designate Pinot noirs are a testament to this approach. Van Duzer whites also deliver this even-handed style, producing aromatically engaging and equally mouthwatering Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot gris from the estate vineyard.
WESTREY WINE COMPANY (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by David Autrey and Amy Wesselman
Founded in 1993, Westrey represents the collaborative winemaking of Amy Wesselman and David Autrey. Westrey employs traditional techniques such as small, indigenous-yeast fermentation, hand punch-downs, and a very limited use of new oak. A philosophy of minimal intervention dictates few rackings and no fining or filtration. Techniques are adapted to individual lots, so that each wine communicates its vineyard of origin. Amy and David farm 26 acres of Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay, planted between 1977 and 2008, on the 50-acre parcel of land in the Dundee Hills which they co-own with Christine and David Vernier. The vineyard is named “Oracle” out of reverence for the importance of “consulting the land first” when making decisions in the winery. Westrey’s “Cuvée 22,” featured at this year’s IPNC, celebrates Amy’s 25th vintage.
B.KOSUGE WINES (Santa Rosa, CA)
Represented by Byron Kosuge
B. Kosuge Wines was founded in 2004 as a platform for the exploration of Californian Pinot noir. The goal was simple—make a wine that is as honest an expression of its origins as possible. Byron Kosuge is a self-described purist. He prefers unadorned wines, or at least those that carry their adornment gracefully. His objective is to be as natural as he can, but he doesn’t consider himself a “natural” winemaker, in the current sense of the term. Like most new world winemakers, he’s inspired by old world wines, but firmly believes that in the new world we should be creating our own traditions, and not merely copying what came before. The B. Kosuge current lineup features three Sonoma Coast Pinot noirs, one Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, a Carneros Pinot noir and a Carneros Gamay noir. Total production is around 1200 cases.
BANSHEE WINES (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Baron Ziegler
Banshee Wines was started in 2009 by three friends from the wine business working day jobs in the trade: importing, distributing, marketing and making wine. Without much of a plan, Noah Dorrance, Baron Ziegler, and Steve Graf made eight barrels of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir sourced from a top producer. They figured they would either sell the wine to friends and family, or at worst drink great Pinot Noir for the next ten years (win-win). They sold out that first vintage in five weeks. Over the past few years, the three have developed strong relationships with high-end vineyard owners in Sonoma and recruited an A+ winemaking team, including Ross Cobb and Katy Wilson, to produce wines of depth, purity and balance. Banshee Wines’ mission remains the same as it was in those early days – to craft distinctive wines that over-deliver in every possible way.
CLOS DE LA TECH (La Honda, CA)
Represented by TJ Rogers and Valeta Rogers
With caves tunneled deep under a vine-covered ridge at the peak of the Santa Cruz Mountains and vineyards so steep they have to be farmed with a one-of-a-kind, specially designed German tractor moved by cables, Clos de la Tech is one of the most ambitious and innovative Pinot Noir producers in California. The winery was founded in 1994 and continues to be operated by TJ Rodgers, founder and retired CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, and his wife, Valeta. Some of the highlights at Clos de la Tech include extreme growing conditions, high-altitude terrain, hand farming, high-density planting (4,150 vines per acre), low yields (below two tons per acre), innovative equipment, gravity-flow winery, native yeast fermentation of whole clusters and no filtration. Clos de la Tech’s wines are deep, dark, concentrated and well-structured. These Pinot noirs are built to evolve and improve with extended aging.
COBB WINES (Occidental, CA)
Represented by Ross Cobb
Since 2001 two generations of the Cobb family have established Cobb Wines as one of North America’s most revered small wineries, recognized for the elegance and nuanced sophistication of its limited-production wines. Focused exclusively on single-vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot noirs, and small amounts of Chardonnay, Cobb Wines combines the winegrowing expertise of David Cobb with the winemaking skill of his son, Ross, who has been hailed by Jay McInerney in The Wall Street Journal as one of “The Rockstars of Pinot Noir,” and by Linda Murphy in Decanter as “the future of California Pinot Noir.” Working with the finest vineyards, Cobb Wines has earned acclaim for making some of the New World’s most stirring Pinot noirs—complex, aromatic, lower-alcohol wines that have been called a “revelation” by Rusty Gaffney in PinotFile. In both 2015 and 2016, Wine & Spirits selected Cobb Wines as one of the world’s “Top 100 Wineries.”
DOMAINE DELLA (Santa Rosa, CA)
Represented by David Hejl and Julie Ramos
Domaine Della began as a dream, born from David Hejl’s obsession and enchantment with Pinot noir. Domaine Della honors David’s mother who died long before her time. David’s passion for fine wine began while putting himself through school working as a waiter, sommelier and chef, but he found his true inspiration while living in Paris working for Nabisco. It was there that he experienced first-hand the art of wine, food and culture in a way that was spiritual, all in the beautiful City of Light. Domaine Della’s mission is to craft intense and adventurous wines, partnering with the very best growers, a true expression in harmony and balance from the place where it was grown. These wines are extremely limited production and sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.
DUMOL WINERY (Windsor, CA)
Represented by Julie Cooper and Tom Pillsbury
DuMOL is a winemaker-owned producer focusing on small-lot, cool climate Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast Pinot noir and Chardonnay. The winery’s exceptional sites include three Estate Vineyards – one of the highest density plantings in North America at 3,630 vines per acre – as well as Dutton Ranch, Wildrose, Joy Road, Occidental Road, Heintz and Ritchie vineyards. Winemakers Andy Smith and Julie Cooper have worked with passion, precision and focus to present the purest essence of each vineyard and vintage. The wines are known for being soulful, balanced, and uniquely expressive. Their Californian depth and European clarity deliver flavor along the entire arc of the palate, restrained ripeness, long-lasting resonation, texture, detail, complexity, and graceful evolution over time. Limited in production, DuMOL wines are available through allocation to members of the winery’s consumer list and top restaurants worldwide.
ETUDE WINES (Napa, CA)
Represented by Jon Priest
Etude translates as study in French. Winemaker Jon Priest leads the ongoing study of Pinot noir at this Carneros winery, sourcing fruit from an array of estate and closely held vineyards in the Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley and Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton district. The winery was founded 35 years ago on the notion that time well spent in the vineyard is the key to producing Pinot noir with authentic varietal expression, allowing the winemaker to gently guide the journey from grape to glass. The Etude vineyards feature an array of 20 distinctive clones, including heirloom selections that allow Jon to craft wines that fully reveal their vineyard home, in a series of bottlings showcasing both vineyards and appellations. Etude is also known for exceptional Chardonnay, Pinot gris and some of Napa’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon.
FESS PARKER WINERY & VINEYARD (Los Olivos, CA)
Represented by Blair Fox and Tim Snider
The Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard grew out of Fess’ vision for the promise of Santa Barbara County as a premier viticultural region. Upon establishment of the winery in 1989, the family immediately began planting some of the county’s most renowned vineyards. Outstanding fruit sources coupled with skilled winemaking are at the core of delivering wines of the highest quality to the consumer. Winemakers Eli Parker and Blair Fox – both Winemakers of the Year recipients – focus on Pinot noir and Chardonnay, primarily from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, and estate grown Syrah and Viognier.
GOLDENEYE (Philo, CA)
Represented by Michael Accurso and Katey Larwood
Goldeneye began making acclaimed Pinot noirs from its estate winery in the Anderson Valley in 1996. Blending grapes from four Estate vineyards planted to 24 clones of Pinot noir on 13 different rootstocks, Goldeneye is dedicated to crafting wines of refinement and elegance from a rich palette of terroir-inspired fruit. Reflecting the Mendocino Coast’s unique marine influences, sites and soils, these grapes create complex, elegant Pinots. To further enhance natural depth and distinctiveness, only a small percentage of the finest fruit is selected for each vintage, before applying small-lot, artisan winemaking techniques.
JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS (St. Helena, CA)
Represented by Justin Ennis
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms 390 acres of vines in Napa Valley on eight estate vineyards. Joseph Phelps Vineyards’ history with Pinot noir and Chardonnay dates to the earliest years of the winery. In pursuit of an ideal location to grow Pinot noir and Chardonnay, in 1999 the Phelps family purchased land near the town of Freestone on the western Sonoma Coast, planted 100 acres of vineyards, and built a dedicated winery.
MACROSTIE WINERY & VINEYARDS (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Heidi Bridenhagen and Don Davis
Over the past three decades, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards has established itself as one of the Sonoma Coast’s defining wineries, and a leader in a bright, balanced and age-worthy style of Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Today, MacRostie is guided by Sonoma County visionary and winery founder Steve MacRostie, and talented winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen, who together are making the finest wines in the winery’s storied history. Using grapes farmed by legendary winegrowing families including the Duttons, Sangiacomos, Martinellis and Bacigalupis, and from Steve’s own Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, MacRostie’s Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley wines have established themselves as benchmarks, offering a rare intersection between labor-intensive small-lot winemaking, fair pricing and the complexity that can only be achieved by working with the finest vineyards.
MIGRATION (St. Helena, CA)
Represented by Dana Epperson and Neil Bernardi
Since the inaugural 2001 vintage of Anderson Valley Pinot noir, Migration has developed a refined and compelling style that balances vibrancy and finesse. In the years since, Migration has taken wing beyond its Anderson Valley origins and explored Pinot noir and Chardonnay from California’s finest cool-climate appellations, most notably the legendary Russian River Valley. Today Migration works with a handful of acclaimed growers to produce a small portfolio of sought-after Chardonnays and Pinot noirs, including the flagship Russian River Valley wines, and coveted vineyard-designates. These sophisticated, Burgundian-varietal wines highlight lush fruit, bright acidity and balanced oak influence.
MINER FAMILY WINERY (Oakville, CA)
Represented by Stacy Vogal and Lisa Barker
Miner Family Winery is a dynamic family owned winery tucked into the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation, squarely within the heart of Napa Valley. Founded in 1998 by Dave & Emily Miner, Miner is defined first and foremost by a sensational portfolio of wines – wines consistently characterized by and committed to individualistic style and uncommon quality. Each wine is crafted in a style to encapsulate the distinctive elements and the indelible fingerprints of their respective vineyards. This combination of excellent vineyard sites along with passionate and thoughtful winemaking injects the necessary components for creating profoundly joyful wines.
PELLEGRINI – OLIVET LANE (Santa Rosa, CA)
Represented by Lynn Krausmann and Alexia Pellegrini
Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation, Olivet Lane Estate is a Monopole vineyard with the distinction of being among the earliest plantings of Pinot noir in Russian River Valley. Established by the Pellegrini Family in 1973, this 60-acre vineyard is home to 20 acres of Pinot noir planted to the heritage Martini clonal selection. In 2016, the winery celebrated the 41st anniversary of the vineyard’s planting in 1975. Family owned for four generations, Pellegrini Wine Company produces small-lot wines, handcrafting vineyard-designated Pinot noir and Chardonnay from distinctive Russian River Valley sites, including their estate, the Olivet Lane Vineyard. To taste a California Pinot noir produced from old vines of the grand age of Olivet Lane Vineyard is among the rare experiences in the world of wine.
SAINTSBURY (Napa, CA)
Represented by Tim Colla
Thirty-five years ago, California Pinot noir was slumbering fitfully. In the mid 1970’s, “truly fine California Pinots could be numbered on one hand…the thin, pallid bottles outnumbered by the merely dull.” Richard Ward and David Graves founded Saintsbury in 1981 to disprove the notion that California Pinot noir was, in the words of one critic, “only marginally different from jug reds.” Like all Pinot noir producers, Saintsbury has been consumed by the notion of “place” from the start. The featured wine is a bottling of 2015 Stanly Ranch Pinot noir, a site that Saintsbury has sourced fruit from continuously since 1984 and that was first planted to Pinot noir in the 1940s.
THREE STICKS WINES (Sonoma, CA)
Represented by Ryan Prichard and Bob Cabral
Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery led by veteran winemaker Bob Cabral. Cabral’s commitment to crafting small-lot, artisanal wines from exceptional Sonoma Coast vineyards, including Durell Vineyard, Gap’s Crown Vineyard and Walala Vineyard, drives the winery’s focus of creating site specific wines. Founded in 2002, the winery is named for owner William S. Price III’s surfing nickname, “Billy Three Sticks,” that references the three Roman numerals that follow his name. The Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe, an historic landmark in downtown Sonoma, was constructed in 1842 by Captain Salvador Vallejo. Bill and Eva Price purchased the property in 2012 and embarked on a two-year preservation project. The Three Sticks team worked closely with historians and the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation to restore and protect the fabric of the property, and commissioned San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk to restore the Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe. It now houses the hospitality of Three Sticks.
TWO SISTERS (Lompoc, CA)
Represented by Lorna Kreutz
Two Sisters is named in honor of proprietor, Bill Foley’s daughters Lindsay and Courtney. The wines come from the prized Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Courtney’s Vineyard Chardonnay and the Lindsay’s Vineyard Pinot noir showcase the best blocks on the estate. These limited production bottlings feature both heritage and heirloom clones chosen specifically for their character, flavor profiles and compatibility with the terroir.
LAFRENZ (Penticton, BC)
Represented by Jeff Martin and Dominic McCosker
LAFRENZ Winery is located on the famous Naramata Bench at the northern tip of the Sonoran desert in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. The cool, dry climate and pristine landscapes overlooking Lake Okanagan are infinitely suited to producing world class wines. Expat Australian winemakers Niva and Jeff Martin were enticed to join the burgeoning Canadian wine industry under the guise of a two-year “working holiday” some 22 years ago. The Martins established LAFRENZ in 1998 with the goal of producing vineyard designated wines from their four individual vineyards. Each one planted to specific varieties and farmed in tune with natural processes to express the uniqueness of each site. A rich living soil and biodiversity within the vineyard is paramount to this goal. The quest for perfection is never ending, whether in the vineyard or winery. LAFRENZ has been recognized with several national and international wine awards.
NORMAN HARDIE WINERY & VINEYARD (Wellington, ON)
Represented by Norman Hardie
Established in 2003, Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard is situated in idyllic Prince Edward County, Ontario. Winemaker and owner Norman Hardie’s wines can now be found across Canada and in numerous international markets. The wines are all made in small batches as naturally as possible; it is Norman’s philosophy that great wine starts in the vineyard. With this in mind, the wines are traditionally crafted to express the unique terroir. Natural yeasts build layers of complexity and lees contact develops the wine’s structure. Norman Hardie’s wines tell a story of place developed from his passion and expertise. Beginning with the initial vintage in 2004, Norman Hardie’s wines have received stellar accolades from wine critics and journalists, including Matt Kramer, Stephen Tanzer, Steven Spurrier, Ian D’Agata and Jancis Robinson.