Featured Wineries 2018 North America
ABERRANT CELLARS (Tualatin, OR)
Represented by Eric Eide & Heather Lack
Founded in 2008 by owner/winemaker Eric Eide, Aberrant Cellars has worked exclusively with Pinot noir. The name, Aberrant, is a Latin term, loosely interpreted for the winery’s purposes, which means unconventional. This name was chosen based upon the fact that Eric did not come to this endeavor via a traditional path, instead through 20+ years of experience within the industry that includes work as a Sommelier, and in distribution and importing. Additionally, the use of Latin implies an old-world influence toward Aberrant’s overall vision in winemaking. Ultimately, Aberrant strives to pair the glorious attributes which the Willamette valley provides, with a hand in the cellar attuned to the qualities of balance, authenticity and wines which evolve gracefully in an unhurried manner.
ADELSHEIM VINEYARD (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Gina Hennen & Joth Ricci
Adelsheim Vineyard was founded with an optimistic spirit and a lofty dream: to create world class wines in an undiscovered wine region, the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon. At Adelsheim Vineyard’s core is a desire to honor and be good stewards of their abundant land. This commitment, nearly 50 years strong, is reflected in Adelsheim’s LIVE certified sustainable vineyards and wines. They are proud of their role in Oregon’s wine history and excited about Oregon’s wine future. That’s why each day they strive to create remarkable wines that connect wine lovers around the world to the spirit and beauty of Oregon. Adelsheim Vineyard opens its doors 360 days per year to guests seeking a uniquely Oregon experience.
ALLORO VINEYARD (Sherwood, OR)
Represented by Tom Fitzpatrick & David Nemarnik
Alloro Vineyard is 70 acres of uniquely contoured, loess-derived, Laurelwood soil. Located on a southwest-facing slope in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains, this very special place is the heart and soul of Alloro wines and is personally cared for by founder David Nemarnik. Alloro is an artisan, limited-production winery and it is 100% Estate, crafting all its wines from its sustainably farmed, single vineyard site. Alloro Vineyard’s Burgundy trained, UC Davis educated Winemaker, Tom Fitzpatrick, believes that a wine should be an “expression of place, at a moment in time” and should therefore capture the unique personality of a site as it is expressed in each vintage. Elegantly composed, terroir-driven wines that reflect this philosophy are the focus of Alloro Vineyards.
ANALEMMA WINES (Mosier, OR)
Represented by Steven Thompson & Kris Fade
Analemma Wines exists to craft characterful wines and foster life through a soulful approach to farming and winemaking. Analemma embraces regenerative farming practices that actively support the vitality of its crops and anchors its wine to the expression of the vintage and their distinct site. Analemma was born from the opportunity to lease the historic Atavus Vineyard, planted in the late 1960’s to Pinot noir and Gewürztraminer. Analemma’s sparkling wine from this site is a highlight of its production and complements the cool climate spirit they showcase from the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. In 2011, Analemma found its heart and home across the river in the Mosier Hills. Here they shepherd a diversified farming operation that includes provocative Spanish varieties. All of Analemma’s wines are brought to life on this ground. Deep curiosity, observation, and a spirit of exploration guide their efforts in this uncharted terroir.
ANNE AMIE VINEYARDS (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Rodolphe Louchart & Thomas Houseman
Pinot reigns supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards with Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Pinot blanc forming the heart of Anne Amie’s production. Complementing the Pinot family is old-vine estate Riesling and Müller Thurgau, planted in 1979. Anne Amie’s vineyards are located in the rolling hills of the Yamhill-Carlton District and on the steep hillsides of the Chehalem Mountains, both nestled in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. The Anne Amie Vineyards tasting room hosts breathtaking views of the winery’s vineyards and the Pacific Coast Range.
BELLE PENTE (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Brian O’Donnell & 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.
BERGSTRÖM WINES (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Josh Bergström & Caroline Bergström
Bergström Wines was established in 1998 by Dr. John and Karen Bergström, with the help of their son Josh Bergström and his wife Caroline. Josh Bergström has been crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for 22 years. He is owner, general manager, and winemaker at his family’s winery where he and his team farm 85 acres of Biodynamic Pinot noir and Chardonnay from five different sub-AVA’s of the Northern Willamette Valley. A native Oregonian, Josh studied business at the University of Oregon before going on to receive a postgraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology in Beaune, France where he met his wife Caroline, a native Burgundian, who studied Wine and Spirits marketing at the famed Lycée Viticole de Beaune. Together, they roamed the Burgundian hillside villages, depleting communal stores of wine, bread, jambon persillé, and almost made escargots an endangered species before returning to Oregon to co-direct their family winery.
BRITTAN VINEYARDS (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Robert Brittan & Ellen Brittan
Brittan Vineyards was founded by veteran winemaker Robert Brittan and his wife Ellen, who left Napa Valley to pursue their dream of making cool climate Pinot noir and Chardonnay in Oregon. The Brittans purchased their 128-acre property in the foothills of the Coastal Range in the McMinnville AVA, where they have 24 acres planted to Pinot noir. Robert brings extensive viticultural and winemaking experience to their venture, having worked as winemaker at Far Niente, St. Andrew’s and Stags’ Leap Winery before heading north to the Willamette Valley. On his rocky, exposed hillside Robert believes he has found a vineyard site that allows him to craft wines that speak of a unique place. While Robert oversees the vineyards and winemaking, Ellen focuses on the sales, marketing and financial side of the family business. Ellen and Robert now reside at their home at Brittan Vineyards in McMinnville, where they intend to spend the rest of their lives doing what they love to do, growing and making fine wines and sharing them with fellow hedonists.
BROADLEY VINEYARDS (Monroe, OR)
Represented by Morgan Broadley & Jessica Broadley
The first phase of the estate vineyard was planted in 1981. The Broadley family has been hand crafting wines since 1986. Craig and Claudia were the founders of the winery, and their son, Morgan, and his wife, Jessica, are the second generation continuing with their passion in the wine business. The Broadley estate vineyard is farmed using sustainable farming practices. They use organic material to promote healthy growth in their vines. Sustainability is a part of their daily life and they believe it is essential for the future. With years of experience brings wine growing wisdom. Broadley Vineyards searched hard to find the right site to produce their wines. They found their ideal site on a warm site within a cool climate. To date, Broadley has 33 planted acres in the warmest and driest part of the Willamette Valley, just outside the town of Monroe.
COELHO WINERY (Amity, OR)
Represented by Dave Coelho & Deolinda Coelho
The Coelho family name means “rabbit” in Portuguese. It symbolizes the love, heritage, and the family approach to creating wine that honors their Portuguese traditions. Established in 2004 by the husband and wife team of Dave and Deolinda Coelho, the estate vineyard and winery are located in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Amity, Oregon. Thanks to 15 years of hard work, they now farm about 60 acres in three sub-AVAs using sustainable viticulture methods, preserving the environment and the terroir of their wines. They grow primarily Pinot noir with small quantities of Pinot gris and Chardonnay. Honoring their Portuguese heritage, they also make a Port-style wine from Portuguese varietal grapes. Coelho is a passionate, determined, family-owned and operated winery that aims to bring people together one glass at a time, through quality in product and quality of life. Saúde!
COLENE CLEMENS VINEYARDS (Forest Grove, OR)
Represented by Stephen Goff & Dyana Thomas
Colene Clemens, named in honor of Victoria’s mother, was founded in 2005 by Joe and Victoria Stark with the express purpose of making exceptional Pinot noir. Spanning 122 acres where the Chehalem Mountains converge with Ribbon Ridge, the estate contains both sedimentary soils from the Wellsdale & Hazelaire series, and volcanic soils from the Witzel series. Elevation climbs from 350 to 650 feet, where the winery perches with sweeping views of the coast range and valley. Planting began in 2006, and the estate now boasts a total of 55 acres planted to Pinot Noir & chardonnay. Wine production began in 2008, and winemaker and vineyard manager, Stephen Goff has been dedicated to the development and planting of the vineyard as well as the production of their stunning wines since the very beginning. Prior to Colene Clemens, Steve spent six vintages as assistant winemaker at Beaux Freres.
DOMINIO IV (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Patrick Reuter & Ryan Kelly-Burnett
Dominio IV is a family grown winery started in 2002 by Leigh Bartholomew, viticulturist, and Patrick Reuter, winemaker. Over the last 16 years, Dominio IV has continued to grow in diversity working with eight different varieties and developing two estate vineyards located in the Columbia Gorge and Yamhill Carlton AVAs. Their ultimate goal is to produce something that speaks to you from the glass, makes you slow down, and enjoy the conversation.
DUCK POND CELLARS (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Trevor Chlanda
Originally from California’s Central Valley, lifelong farmers Doug and Jo Ann Fries moved their family to the Oregon town of Sunriver in the early 1980’s. In 1984, they purchased property along the banks of the Willamette River in Dundee, Oregon, where they planted a 500-acre hazelnut orchard. As devoted wine aficionados, they also planted a 13-acre vineyard with the hopes of producing a few hundred cases of their own wine. On Memorial Day Weekend of 1993, Duck Pond Cellars opened its doors to the public for the first time, named in honor of the family home on Sunriver’s Duck Pond Lane. The initial offerings totaled around 1,000 cases. Despite its current status as one of the larger producers of wine in the Pacific Northwest, Duck Pond Cellars remains a family winery through and through and their dedication to providing quality wines has never wavered throughout 25 years of business.
ET FILLE WINES (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Jessica Mozeico & Eleanor Ericson
Father and daughter team Howard and Jessica Mozeico co-founded Oregon winery Et Fille Wines in 2003 with the goal of creating wines that bring together family, friends, and warm conversation over shared meals. Et Fille, which means “and daughter”, originally represented the hand-in-hand collaboration of its co-founders and now includes Jessica’s daughter. Today, Jessica operates the business, making elegantly complex wines inspired by her late father’s legacy and her daughter’s future. They are inspired to bring families together. It is how Et Fille started, the purpose of the wines, and their hope for their future. The wines are produced by hand in small lots at a new Dundee winery alongside a few other small producers. They have a small estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, but also manage blocks at six vineyards located in the Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton, and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs.
THE EYRIE VINEYARDS (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Jason Lett
In the spring of 1965, 25-year old David Lett moved to Oregon “with 3,000 grape cuttings and a theory.” David planted the cuttings in a rented nursery plot and began his search for a perfect site for a vineyard. This was the first planting of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, and the first planting of Pinot gris in the new world. In 1966, David and Diana Lett re-planted Eyrie’s founding vines in their permanent home in the Red Hills of Dundee. As the Letts were planting these vines, they witnessed a pair of red-tailed hawks build a nest in the fir trees above the young vineyard. Their feeling of kinship with these hawks, inspired the name Eyrie, an old word meaning “hawk’s nest.” David and Diana’s son, Jason Lett, took over as winemaker and proprietor of The Eyrie Vineyards in 2005. Building on the foundation laid in 1965, Jason and his crew continue to pioneer new varieties, and to seek the most profound statement of the place that is Eyrie’s home.
ILLAHE VINEYARDS (Dallas, OR)
Represented by Brad Ford & Bethany Ford
At Illahe, the goal is to make wine as naturally as possible from the soil to the bottle. This requires working by hand on small lots with age-old techniques and materials. Their focus is to make and grow quality Pinot noir and white wines that express the vintage and their varietal characteristics. They ferment with native yeasts, use a gentle basket press, and do not fine or filter Pinot noirs. Some lots are made entirely by hand with no electricity or mechanization. Of course, quality wine starts with quality fruit in the vineyard. The 80-acre, south-facing vineyard lives in shallow marine sedimentary clay soils. They utilize a team of Percheron draft horses to mow and deliver grapes to the winery at harvest and they do not irrigate mature plants.
KELLEY FOX WINES (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Kelley Fox & Maggie Strong
Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery started in 2007. Over 17 years of being a full-time winemaker in the Willamette Valley, Kelley Fox has been responding to the vines and what is happening all around them while she works, and by responding to her wines. Responding. Not imposing. The wines are not a form of self-expression, and they don’t reflect an effort to make them like her favorite producers’ wines and appellations. They are not coaxed or forced into something the vineyards are not. There is no style. Kelley sees her sole role is that of service to these beautiful, inimitable places on earth, unlike anywhere else, and service to their wines. Her hope is that the wines clearly and purely sing of their vineyards.
LAVINEA (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Greg Ralston & Isabelle Meunier
LAVINEA is prefixed to the Latin “vinea”, defined as “of the vine, or of the vineyard”. Founded in 2014 by Greg Ralston and Isabelle Meunier, LAVINEA was established on the belief that the celebrated wine regions of the world achieved their stature by discovering and revealing, through exceptional wines, their greatest vineyards. They are committed to crafting wines that represent the highest expression and purest voice of site-specific terroir and advancing the reputation of Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay by bringing to the attention of the wine world the Willamette Valley’s finest vineyard sites.
LEMELSON VINEYARDS (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Matt Wengel & Ben Kaehler
Eric Lemelson planted two acres of Pinot noir as a hobby on a hillside farm near Newberg in 1995. He enjoyed viticulture so much that within two years he planted 17 additional acres near Carlton and began to design a winery. Today, Lemelson Vineyards owns and manages 160 acres at seven sites in three AVA’s (Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills, and Chehalem Mountains), taking advantage of terroir diversity from multiple soil types and elevations ranging from 250 to 1000 feet. All vineyards have been farmed organically from the beginning and have been certified organic since 2004. The gravity-flow winery reflects both a strong commitment to sustainability, (grounded in Eric Lemelson’s background as an environmental lawyer) and a “no-compromises” approach to wine quality. Winemaker Matt Wengel crafts age-worthy Pinot noir using native yeasts, long, patient elevage, and gentle processing. Their goal is to produce distinctive wines that speak clearly of their origins.
LUMOS WINE CO. (Philomath, OR)
Represented by Dai Crisp & Julia Cattrall
Dai Crisp and PK McCoy started the Lumos Wine Company in 2000, the vintage after they moved to their family farm, Wren Vineyard, which was originally planted in 1985. Beginning with Pinot noir and Chardonnay from Wren, Lumos was dedicated to expressing what was specific and unique about the farm and its fruit. Staying true to that ideal, Lumos has grown to produce wines from the three sites Dai and his dauntless crew tend: Wren, Logsdon Ridge, and Temperance Hill, all certified USDA/Oregon organic vineyards. Their winemaker, Julia Cattrall and cellar wizard, Ryan Kelly-Burnett blend this philosophy of intentionality and responsibility into their craft, transforming Dai’s viticulture into a roster of five white varietals and six Pinot noirs. They are proud to offer wines that are each their own particular illumination of the people, land, and work that are the inimitable magic behind Lumos.
MATZINGER DAVIES (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Anna Matzinger & Michael Davies
It was in the spirit of bringing the process ‘home’, that winemakers Anna Matzinger and Michael Davies started Matzinger Davies in 2006. Having spent many years making wine separately in others’ cellars, both internationally and for the last two decades mastering their craft in Oregon, they wanted to build an opportunity where they could collaborate both professionally and creatively. Their focus is small lot AVA based Pinot noir and Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley and single site Sauvignon blanc and Grenache from the Columbia River Gorge. Michael is currently executive winemaker for both REXHILL and AtoZ brands and Anna consults in winemaking after a long and successful tenure as winemaker and co-GM for Archery Summit.
PATRICIA GREEN CELLARS (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Jim Anderson & Melissa Groshong
In February 2000, Patricia Green Cellars came into existence. At the time it was a radical notion that one of the small handful of female winemakers in the state would leave her day job, purchase an existing winery and vineyard and begin a winery under her own name. That was 18 years ago, times have changed and Patty unexpectedly passed away a little under a year ago leaving behind a legacy of soulful, vineyard-based Pinot noir winemaking. Her memory, passion and skill live on in the people and place she left behind. Patricia Green Cellars enthusiastically and unapologetically produces more individual bottlings of Pinot noir than any winery in America.
PENNER-ASH WINE CELLARS (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Lynn Penner-Ash & 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 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. Embraced by 80 acres of land, 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.
PONZI VINEYARDS (Sherwood, OR)
Represented by Luisa Ponzi & Anna Maria Ponzi
When it comes to American Pinot noir, few possess the rich history and experience of Ponzi Vineyards, one of Oregon’s pioneering wineries. The winery was founded in 1970 by Dick and Nancy Ponzi who realized the Willamette Valley met every need of noble, cool-climate grape varieties. Ponzi Vineyards was recognized early on as a premier producer of Pinot noir and was instrumental in putting Oregon on the map as a world class wine region. This tradition of excellence is carried on with second generation Winemaker Luisa Ponzi and President Anna Maria Ponzi at the helm for the past 25 years. The winery continues to be a leader in Pinot Noir innovation and remains at the forefront of American wine, as one of Oregon’s legendary producers.
RAPTOR RIDGE WINERY (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Scott Shull & Annie Shull
Annie and Scott Shull founded Raptor Ridge in 1995 to share in the joy of wine-growing, a calling that brings them purpose through a close connection with the land, their community and the industry. Named for its location on a ridge in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Raptor Ridge is a haven for native raptors and winery guests. Visitors are treated to a revitalizing experience complete with vine side tastings, chef inspired pairings, and yoga retreats in a tranquil setting with a view of four mountaintops. Raptor Ridge specializes in hand-grown single vineyard Pinot noir sourced from a rich tapestry of select Willamette Valley sites plus their estate, Tuscowallame. The winemaking team creates intriguing wines by blending intuition honed over 20 vintages with the methodical approach of maintaining hundreds of separate lots. The result is an array of vineyard-specific barrels, providing diversity and nuance to the final cellar-crafted cuvées.
ROCO (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Rollin Soles & Corby Soles
Veteran winemaker Rollin Soles has been producing distinctly defined wines and garnering high praise from critics and enthusiasts for more than 32 years. Named “one of the top 20 most admired winemakers in North America”, Soles focuses his attention on his passion project, ROCO Winery, which he started with his wife Corby in 2002. His wines display the expertise of making wine across the world as a young man – before co-founding Argyle Winery in 1987. Dedicated to crafting world-class wines, ROCO Winery has distinguished itself as an outstanding producer of Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay, and sparkling wine. ROCO’s Wits’ End Vineyard, located in the Chehalem Mountains, illustrates Soles’ meticulous farming practices and his dedication to sustainability.
RR WINES (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Wynne Peterson-Nedry & Harry Peterson-Nedry
Harry Peterson-Nedry’s interest in wine began innocently enough as a consumer passion, but soon developed into a consuming passion—one that was ultimately rooted in 1980, when he purchased land for what would grow to become the phenomenal Ridgecrest Vineyards. Dedicated to the idea of aging as a fourth dimension in wine, RR Wines are made in a style meant to maximize the aging potential of fruit sourced from the oldest and best plantings on Ridgecrest Vineyards. A second-generation winemaker Wynne Peterson-Nedry literally grew up on Ridgecrest Vineyards. Just six months old when her parents purchased property, Wynne followed in her father’s footsteps, but with remarkably different kicks. She straight-lined the wine bug with a master’s degree in oenology from UC Davis. She’s crewed and cellared in vineyards and wineries all over the world, from Burgundy to New Zealand, and recently decided to put her whole hand into the RR Wines fingerprint. She brings youth and cutting-edge technique to the table, the perfect foil to her dad’s deep understanding of the vineyard he planted.
SOTER VINEYARDS (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Michelle Soter & Tony Soter
Tony Soter gained recognition in California as founder of Etude Wines and consultant to luminaries such as Araujo, Shafer, Spottswoode, and Dalle Valle. He has demonstrated a genius in crafting award winning wine over his four decades of innovative winegrowing. Now settled in the Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton District, Tony and Michelle Soter invite you to experience Mineral Springs Ranch, a Biodynamic farm and vineyard they regard as a haven for raising world-class Oregon Pinot noir and sparkling wines.
SPINDRIFT CELLARS (Philomath, OR)
Represented by Matt Compton & Tabitha Compton
Spindrift Cellars® is a boutique winery located in Philomath, Oregon, owned and operated by Matt and Tabitha Compton. From their first vintage of 2003, the Comptons have dedicated their careers to producing sustainable Oregon wines. “I came to Oregon’s wine industry not knowing what Pinot noir was, with a drive to learn and a love of farming. I immersed myself in growing the grapes, which led to learning to make the wine. It is an ongoing process, constantly discovering new things and fine-tuning what I’ve learned.” That’s how self-starter Matt Compton, who calls himself an “agrarian at heart” describes his experience growing grapes and making wine over the last two decades. Matt is no slouch. You might call him one of the hardest working men in Oregon’s wine industry – building a thriving business based on his love for farming and a lot of hard work.
TORII MOR (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Jacques Tardy & Jon Tomaselli
Torii Mor Winery was founded in 1993 by Donald Olson, MD, who remains the owner to this day. Since its modest beginnings with just over 1,000 cases, Torii Mor has blossomed into a super-premium winery that focuses on small lots of handcrafted vineyard-designated Pinot noir with an annual production of 10,000 cases. With Burgundy in his blood, Winemaker Jacques Tardy is passionately producing world-class Pinot noir in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. With a commitment to sustainability, Torii Mor has achieved LIVE Certification for both the Olson Estate vineyard and their LEED-Gold certified winery, while continuing to craft high-quality, complex wines that possess a quiet elegance.
TYEE WINE CELLARS (Corvallis, OR)
Represented by Merrilee Buchanan Benson & Brian Benson
Tyee, an early Northwest word meaning “chief” and “best” symbolizes a commitment to produce excellent estate wine to complement local cuisine. Tyee Wine Cellars is located on the scenic Buchanan Family Century Farm founded over 130 years ago in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The first vines were planted in Tyee estate vineyard in 1974 with subsequent plantings throughout the 1980s. These vines of Pommard Pinot noir are Tyee’s self-rooted old vines. In 2000, they added Dijon clones 115, 777 and Pommard Pinot noir on resistant rootstock. Tyee’s 15-acre Estate Vineyard is farmed by the winemaker and her family. Five family generations have revered the farm’s open spaces, woodlands, wetlands and streams while growing crops in a sustainable manner. The family believes sharing Tyee Estate wines with you is perhaps the most sublime expression of the land.
WALTER SCOTT (Salem, OR)
Represented by Ken Pahlow & Erica Landon
Partners Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon started Walter Scott in 2008 after years of living, studying and working within the Oregon wine industry. Ken had spent 18 years working for some of Oregon’s top winemakers, learning both production and marketing, while Erica is both an Advanced Sommelier and wine educator, focusing much of her passion on the Willamette Valley. In 2012, Sue and Andy Steinman joined the winery, helping the business realize goals and grow production. The winery specializing in Pinot noir and Chardonnay from exceptional vineyards sourced primarily from the Eola-Amity Hills appellation of the Willamette Valley. Their focus is to produce wines of elegance and purity, while conveying transparency of site and character of vintage.
WILLAKENZIE ESTATE (Yamhill, OR)
Represented by Erik Kramer & Michael Caputo
Founded in 1992 in Yamhill-Carlton, the 420-acre WillaKenzie Estate is deeply rooted in Oregon wine country. As the first LIVE certified winery in the Northwest, stewardship of the land and preservation of the diversity of the local ecosystem are at the forefront of vineyard management and winemaking practices. The estate features over 11 different clones of Pinot — enabling blend complexity and texture. Their Pinot noirs, Chardonnays and Pinot gris showcase the elegance of the Willamette Valley AVA.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS (Turner, OR)
Represented by Joe Ibrahim & Gabbi Prefontaine
Established in 1983 by founder Jim Bernau, Willamette Valley Vineyards has gone from an idea to one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast. Jim’s vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to grow world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in over 10,000 owners. The winery has collaboratively grown its estate vineyards through partnerships such as the merger with Oregon wine industry pioneer, Bill Fuller of Tualatin Vineyards (est. 1973), the O’Brien’s of Elton Vineyard (est. 1983) and Loeza Vineyard (2015). The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot noir from its sustainably-farmed estate vineyards. Since 2015, WVV has been investing in continuing to tell the Oregon story through wine with their Oregon Estate Vineyards division. The winery’s community-funding has helped fund four single vineyard focused wineries – Elton, Pambrun, Maison Bleue and Bernau Estate.
YAMHILL VALLEY VINEYARDS (McMinnville, OR)
Represented Ariel Eberle & Jenny Burger
Established in 1983 by Denis Burger and Elaine McCall, Yamhill Valley Vineyards is the oldest winery in the McMinnville AVA. A family operation from day one, the winery is now transitioning to second generation ownership. They grow, produce, and bottle 100% estate Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot noir, and Riesling. For 35 years now, Yamhill Valley Vineyards has been stubbornly dedicated to the pursuit of a character that is distinctively Oregon, and distinctively Yamhill Valley. Their goal is to bring forth from this unusual and exciting property the finest possible expression of its intensity, charm, and uniqueness.
YOUNGBERG HILL (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Wayne Bailey & Nicolette Nickolaou
Youngberg Hill is a 50-acre estate with 20 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards in Willamette Valley. Proprietor Wayne Bailey and his family are the modern-day stewards of a property that has been cherished as a family farm since the 1850s. Wayne’s “seriously organic” and biodynamic viticulture, coupled with non-interventionist winemaking, produce a diverse array of wines with personalities as unique as their namesakes. The 20 acres of vines are among the Willamette Valley’s westernmost vineyards at higher altitude experience significant maritime influence. The original 11 acres is own-rooted Pinot noir. The family converted the estate to organic and then biodynamic viticulture and developed additional Pinot noir (the Bailey block), and a block of Pinot gris and Chardonnay. The estate today uses a holistic approach to farming—pragmatic biodynamics that promote healthier vines and higher quality fruit, creating wines with greater depth, complexity, balance, and vibrancy.
BALLETTO VINEYARDS (Santa Rosa, CA)
Represented by John Balletto & Anthony Beckman
The Balletto family farms over 600 acres of grapes in the coveted Russian River Valley area of Sonoma County, California. While most of the grapes are sold, the top 10% are bottled at the vineyards under the creative and watchful eye of Winemaker Anthony Beckman. The award-winning Pinot noir wines have gained in notoriety and prestige over the past years. The pairing of John Balletto as farmer and grower and Anthony Beckman as winemaker has proven to be as dynamic as the wines they create
BREWER-CLIFTON (Lompoc, CA)
Represented by Greg Brewer & Sonja Magdevski
Brewer-Clifton was founded over 20 years ago with a drive to produce world-class wines from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. While maintaining a focus on the Burgundian roots of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, Brewer-Clifton sought to make their own footprint and forge a wine that is uniquely Californian. In what would become the trademark style of Brewer-Clifton, the wines produced embrace the power, pedigree and richness of the Sta. Rita Hills. Brewer-Clifton believes that the geographic, geologic, and climatic uniqueness of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation provides an ideal place to grow Chardonnay and Pinot noir grapes of intensity, complexity, and specificity. Within this appellation, each vineyard carries its own imprint. The Brewer-Clifton mission and passion is to present wines that convey the characteristics inherent to each of these sites, with uncompromising quality.
CÔTIÈRE (Santa Maria, CA)
Represented by Kevin Law & Bill Gallagher
Côtière began with its first commercial release in 2006. Each vintage the winery strives to work with exact rows, blocks, and clones. With its acreage contracts, they are able to adjust the farming techniques which is critical for producing quality Pinot noir. Côtière owns and operates the best equipment to ensure the best possible product, while maintaining a minimal winemaking philosophy. This allows the vineyards to be showcased – not the winemaking. Côtière has been working with many of the same vineyards over time, but recently has added a few new ones. The winery is very fortunate to be involved with Talley Rincon Vineyard, Presqu’ile, Hilliard Bruce, La Encantada, and Murmur as well as La Rinconada for all of Côtière’s Burgundy varietals. Working with Sta. Rita Hills Pinot noir alongside Santa Maria Valley is incredibly rewarding due to their unique expressions. Côtière annually produces and bottles 3,000 cases.
ERNEST VINEYARDS (Windsor, CA)
Represented by Todd Gottula & Eugenio Jardim
Ernest Vineyards was founded in 2012 by Todd Gottula and Erin Brooks as a boutique producer of single-vineyard, cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinot noirs from the extreme western Sonoma Coast. Inspired by their own agricultural family histories, Erin and Todd focus on collaborative relationships with small growers in Sonoma County that allow for wines of integrity, balance and restraint through sustainable and attentive farming. Currently, Ernest produces less than 3,000 cases a year of small-lot wines including two single-vineyard Chardonnays and five single-vineyard Pinot noirs.
FEL WINES (Yountville, CA)
Represented by Ryan Hodgins & Sarah Green
Established in March 2014, FEL Wines produces Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot gris from the Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast. These cool climate regions are known for producing wines of bright acidity and considerable complexity. Crafted by winemaker Ryan Hodgins, FEL bottlings consistently offer the elusive combination of concentration and elegance. In addition to the Anderson Valley labels, FEL Wines features a unique portfolio of vineyard designate wines, including both Pinot noir and Chardonnay their estate Savoy Vineyard. The letters in FEL represent Florence Elsie Lede, founder Cliff Lede’s mother, a home winemaker who provided the early inspiration for Cliff’s love of wine. Growing up in Alberta, Canada, Cliff remembers the tulip as signifying the end of winter, bringing with it a freshness and excitement of warmer days ahead. The FEL label, featuring an illustration of an opening tulip, is a tribute to Florence’s passion for gardening.
FOURSIGHT WINES (Booneville, CA)
Represented by Kristy Charles & Joe Webb
The name – Foursight Wines – signifies the four generations of a family to live and work on this one piece of land in Anderson Valley, and the aim of the family’s efforts: to look forward and provide for the future generations. Foursight Wines uses only estate-grown Sauvignon blanc, Semillon and Pinot noir from its Charles Vineyard. All of Foursight’s wines are produced on-site, by the family. They employ old-world winemaking methods: native yeast and malolactic strains, partial whole cluster inclusion, and no fining or filtration. Foursight Wines’ goal is to make world-class wines in a transparent manner. All of the winery’s acclaimed bottlings are ingredients-labeled and vegan-friendly.
FURTHERMORE WINES (Sebastopol, CA)
Represented by Chad Richard & Robert Zeches
Furthermore Wines is obsessively focused on making amazing Pinot noir. By concentrating on single vineyard releases from premier growing regions in California, the winery produces world-class Pinots that demonstrate the diversity of this enchanting varietal. The philosophy of Furthermore Wines is that low-impact, hand-crafted, small-batch production allows the vineyards to speak for themselves.
GARY FARRELL VINEYARDS & WINERY (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Theresa Heredia & Nancy Bailey
A 36-year pioneer in the Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Winery crafts small-lot artisan wines that capture the balance and stylistic elegance of some of the finest vineyards in the region, including Rochioli, Allen, Bacigalupi, Hallberg, Ritchie, Durrell, Gap’s Crown and Bien Nacido. The legacy of Gary Farrell Winery, producing Burgundian-styled, varietally expressive, site-specific Pinot noir and Chardonnay, is being expertly tended by winemaker Theresa Heredia, who works closely with the winery’s growers to showcase the exceptional fruit from their vineyards. A cool-climate specialist, Theresa came to Gary Farrell from Freestone Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, where she achieved significant critical acclaim, including “Winemaker to Watch” honors from the San Francisco Chronicle. The recipient of 352 90+ Scores 2013-2017, including Top 100 Wine and Top 100 Cellar Selections, numerous Editor’s Choice and Cellar Selection Designations, Gary Farrell Winery was named “2015 Winery of the Year” by PinotReport and “2016 Winery of the Year” by PinotFile.
HYDE ESTATE WINERY (Napa, CA)
Represented by Alberto Rodriguez
Hyde Estate Winery grows the finest quality wines, embracing the connection between the site and those who work it. The winery is perpetually looking towards the future, to further the progress of the global wine community and making superior wines. Hyde Estate vineyards consist of 192 planted acres, including approximately 60 percent Chardonnay, followed by Pinot noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Franc, Viognier and Semillon. Hyde Estate Winery sells grapes to 35 clients, keeping a small amount of fruit for its own wine production.
LA FOLLETTE WINES (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Simone Sequeria & Julia Vazquez
Expressive vineyards with unique terroir are at the heart of La Follette Wines, and central and indispensable to the winery’s success. Stretching from the cool hills of the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley to the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey, the common thread among La Follette’s wines is the quality of the vineyard and the winery’s commitment to reveal and share the individuality of each site through its wines. The elements of a cool coastal climate combine to nurture slow-ripening Pinot noir that boasts concentrated, racy flavors and the ability to age gracefully. Today, under the guiding hand of winemaker Simone Sequeira, a member of the winemaking team since the winery’s inception in 2010, La Follette Wines continues to evolve as it elevates its devotion to site-specific wines. Through ongoing dialogue with singular vineyards, La Follette Wines crafts pure expressions of cool climate Pinot noir.
LANDMARK VINEYARDS (Sonoma, CA)
Represented by Greg Stach & Tim Hall
Located in Sonoma, California, Landmark Vineyards is a celebrated producer of Chardonnay and Pinot noir that has dedicated over 40 years to express California’s finest winegrowing regions. From its own estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley, as well as from its growers’ vineyards in Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties, Landmark is devoted to producing handcrafted, luxury wines from unique vineyard sites. By capturing the uniqueness and flavor profile of each vineyard, Landmark has been able to create wines that garner praise among critics and wine lovers alike.
PATZ & HALL (Sonoma, CA)
Represented by James Hall & Anne Moses
Patz & Hall, one of California’s leading wineries for vineyard-designated Chardonnay and Pinot noir from top vineyard sites, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2018. Since its founding in 1988, Patz & Hall has exemplified one core philosophy: to work with only the finest vineyards in California, farmed by the greatest growers. From these prized vineyards, Patz & Hall makes some of the New World’s most stirring and sought-after single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot noirs—wines that are benchmarks for their intensity, elegance and complexity. Winemaker James Hall has made every single Patz & Hall wine since 1988. He crafts all the wines in a state-of-the-art winery in Sonoma that he designed, giving him complete control during every step of the winemaking process. In the winery, James applies both traditional and cutting-edge techniques, including a unique, custom barrel program where stave wood is air dried and seasoned for three years to Patz & Hall’s specifications in the heart of Burgundy.
PERCEPTION (Calistoga, CA)
Represented by Mark Ray & Missy Ray
Perception is dedicated to producing small quantities of the finest quality Pinot noir using fruit from family-owned vineyards in the Russian River Valley and on the Sonoma Coast. The winery was founded in 2007 by Winemaker Mark Ray, who spent nearly a decade honing his craft working alongside some of North America’s most renowned winemakers, including Steve Leveque at Robert Mondavi, Ehren Jordan at Turley Wine Cellars and Neyers Vineyards, and Bob Cabral at Williams Selyem. In an era when words like “handcrafted” and “artisan” have largely lost their meaning, Mark keeps production extremely small so that he can personally oversee every detail of the winemaking. These small-lot wines are created through passion, dedication and long hours – a labor of love and care. These are wines that are to be enjoyed among friends, on the dinner table, with family, accompanied by music and laughter; a simple pleasure that brings smiles, joy and give purpose.
SANDLER WINE COMPANY (San Francisco, CA)
Represented by Ed Kurtzman & Michelle de los Reyes
Ed Kurtzman started the Sandler Wine Company in 2003 with 30 cases of Dry Creek Zinfandel that was part of a small consulting project. Adding Pinot noir in 2004, he has grown Sandler to 1,000 cases per year of (mainly) Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet, Grenache and Zinfandel from Santa Barbara to Mendocino County. Ed started a wine career in his home state of Massachusetts as a retailer in 1988, but quickly moved to California in 1989 where he has lived ever since. Graduating from the Enology program at Fresno State in 1994, he has made wine for Bernardus, Chalone, Testarossa, Fort Ross and Roar. Ed is currently a consulting winemaker for Freeman, Mansfield-Dunne, Theopolis, Montagne Russe, Pipson, Con Spirito, Kohu and Lester. He’s also the co-owner and winemaker for August West, a past participant at IPNC.
SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE WINERY (Sonoma, CA)
Represented by Michael Cox & Claudia Schug
Schug Carneros Estate Winery is situated on a 50-acre site in the Carneros Appellation, southwest of the town of Sonoma. Founded in 1980, the estate is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California’s most celebrated winemakers, Walter Schug. Drawing on his long experience in the production of fine wines in both Europe and California, Walter set up his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart. Carrying on the legacy, Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics.
TALBOTT VINEYARDS (Monterey, CA)
Represented by David Coventry & Kristina Kelley
The world-renowned Talbott Vineyards crafts 100% estate-grown Burgundian varieties in one of California’s most storied coastal terroirs. Talbott offers three tiers of Chardonnay and Pinot noir – Kali Hart, Logan, and the namesake Sleepy Hollow – each of which offers a different expression of the winery’s prestigious Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. Planted in 1972, Sleepy Hollow is a legendary vineyard with grapes that deliver flavor on an epic scale and provide a perfect foundation for the winemaking team. For more than three decades, Talbott wines have consistently garnered praise from wine critics and enthusiasts alike; in fact, Talbott Vineyards is one of only a handful of New World wineries to have a wine honored with a rare 100-point score in a Wine Spectator retrospective tasting (‘90 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay).
TALLEY VINEYARDS (Arroyo Grande, CA)
Represented by Eric Johnson & Brian Talley
Talley Vineyards is located in the San Luis Obispo Coast region, one of the world’s great regions to grow Pinot noir, due to its cool marine-influenced climate and diverse soils. The resulting grapes have concentrated flavors and high levels of acidity—the building blocks of truly world-class wine. Winemaker Eric Johnson employs classical Burgundian methods in the cellar to produce expressive and complex wines that purely reflect their vineyard origins and a family farming legacy that dates to 1948, when Oliver Talley began growing vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Talley Vineyards’ commitment to the production of exemplary Pinot noir was summed up by noted wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr.: “the Talleys are known for some damn-delicious, world-class Pinot noirs.”
TWOMEY CELLARS (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Erin Miller & David Duncan
Twomey Cellars combines its philosophy, experience, and a sense of curiosity with the exploration of outstanding vineyards and growing regions. From its vineyards to the cellar, they embrace modern, scientific methods to improve the quality of the wines. With a team that draws on more than 75-years of experience from California to Oregon, Burgundy and Pomerol, Twomey also holds a deep and abiding respect for tradition to lend its wines finesse and distinction. Twomey Cellars produces Pinot noir from seven distinct cool climates spanning from the central coast of California to Oregon’s Willamette Valley under the direction of winemaker Erin Miller. Additionally, Twomey makes a Sauvignon blanc highlighting the beauty of Napa and Sonoma County as well as a single vineyard Merlot from Napa Valley.
WALT (Sonoma, CA)
Represented by Megan Gunderson Paredes & Steve Leveque
WALT specializes in premier Pinot noir and Chardonnay sourced from the most coveted vineyards along the Pacific Coast, spanning 1,000 miles from as far north as the Willamette Valley to the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. Led by Winemaker, Megan Gunderson Paredes, WALT represents wines of a place – these special sites where thoughtful viticulture enables winemakers to create expressive wines that reflect the signature personality of each site. WALT farms three estate vineyards and partners with meticulous growers who aspire to share standards of quality. Owned by Kathryn Walt Hall and her husband Craig, WALT honors Kathryn’s parents, Bob and Dolores Walt, who were grape growers in Mendocino County since 1972 and nurtured Kathryn’s passion for vineyards and wine. The WALT Sonoma Square Tasting Room opened in 2012 and is located in Sonoma, CA and is open to the public.
WESTCOTT VINEYARDS (Jordan Station, Ontario, CANADA)
Represented by Grant Westcott & Carolyn Hurst
Westcott Vineyards is a premium hand-crafted winery in the Niagara Escarpment of Ontario Canada. With 28 acres of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, the winery produces award winning wines that are quickly generating international acclaim. The Westcott family lovingly restored a two-hundred-year-old Mennonite barn to use as their winery and tasting room with a wood burning fireplace and long harvest tables for guests to enjoy their wines slowly, as they were created to be enjoyed. “The first thing that struck me upon arriving at the Westcott Vineyards in Niagara, was that the vineyards are on a south facing slope. In that instant, this improbable project made sense. Up on the Vinemount Ridge appellation south of Jordan and atop the Niagara Escarpment, vines miss the moderating effects of Lake Ontario, but south-facing slopes with longer and stronger sun exposure enables the ripening of earlier varieties like Pinot noir and chardonnay,” says wine journalist David Lawrason.