Featured Wineries 2019 North America
ALEXANA WINERY (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Dr. Madaiah Revana & Bryan Weil
Alexana Winery was born out of a chance meeting between veteran Oregon winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash and Dr. Madaiah Revana, owner of Revana Family Vineyard in St. Helena, California. In 2005, with the guidance of Penner-Ash, Dr. Revana acquired an 80-acre estate located on the northwestern edge of the Dundee Hills where iron-rich volcanic soils converge with the ancient marine sedimentary soils of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. With a total of 18 unique soil types, each vineyard block of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot gris is individually cultivated in celebration of the property’s diverse soils, clonal selections, and microclimates using LIVE certified sustainable farming practices. In the cellar, Winemaker Bryan Weil carries out a minimalist approach by focusing on small lot fermentations and native yeasts to produce highly rated wines that express a distinct sense of time and place.
AMALIE ROBERT ESTATE (Dallas, OR)
Represented by Erine Pink & Dena Drews
Dena and Ernie’s adventure with Pinot noir began in a Parisian café with a great meal and an ethereal bottle of red Burgundy. Today, Amalie Robert Estate is 55,000 vines covering 35 acres stitched into the sedimentary soils just outside of Dallas, Oregon. They sustainably farm their vineyard and only use estate-grown fruit for Amalie Robert Estate wines. Their multi-level, gravity flow winery is comprised of 1,200 tons of concrete, mostly underground. Their Pinot noirs are fermented with whole clusters, indigenous yeast, and are barrel aged and blended for complexity and age worthiness. Amalie Robert is Dena’s middle name, “Amalie” (AIM-a-lee) and Ernie’s, “Robert.”
ANAM CARA CELLARS (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Sheila Nicholas & Nick Nicholas
Nick and Sheila Nicholas have made each Anam Cara wine from vines they first planted in 2001. Over the years, they have learned the vineyard’s unique character, adapting organic farming practices to reflect the rhythm of the land. Today their wines are known for a unique elegance that reflects the cool, breezy site. Originally from California (Nick) and Scotland (Sheila), the couple met in London and eventually returned stateside. Drawn to the adventurous Pacific Northwest, they brought their young family to Oregon, and 30 acres of rundown walnut, plum and filbert orchard, which would become Nicholas Vineyard. The couple have since downsized to six acres and continue to live at the vineyard, farming it themselves. The words Anam Cara are Celtic for “friend of my soul” and signify the family’s connection to the land, the vines it supports, and their wines.
ANDREW RICH WINES (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Andrew Rich & Hans Van Dale
Andrew Rich began his Oregon odyssey in 1995 with the quixotic idea of crafting Rhône-style wines. Sanity has since prevailed, and he now devotes his production primarily to soil-focused Pinots, single-vineyard Sauvignon blanc, and, yes, tiny quantities of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Since 2002, he has been based at the Carlton Winemakers Studio, which was conceived as a green incubator for aspiring winemakers.
ARCHERY SUMMIT (Dayton, OR)
Represented by Ian Burch & Ken Bolick
Anchored in the Dundee Hills, Archery Summit owns 120-acres of planted vines located on visually stunning prime land in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Each vineyard is planted to a wide variety of clones and rootstocks and designed with elevations and row orientations to best capture the unique attributes of the growing site. Since 1993, the team at Archery Summit has been committed to a vision for quality and knowledge of the vineyards with the aim of bringing out the best in each estate.
BROOKS (Amity, OR)
Represented by Janie Brooks Heuck & Chris Williams
Brooks, a biodynamic winery located in Amity, Oregon, is the living legacy of Jimi Brooks, a visionary Portland native who came to wine through his passion for history and philosophy. Jimi devoted his life to holistic farming and winemaking in the Willamette Valley, and his excitement for the Willamette Valley terroir lives on through Brooks wines. Brooks is renowned for its Riesling and Pinot noir and is leading the way in debunking the common perception of aromatic white wines. Brooks sources grapes from a variety of vineyards and microclimates from across the region, which bring an inimitable taste to each bottle. Each thoughtfully made wine, such as the Ara Riesling or Rastaban Pinot noir, tells a distinct story of the winery’s land and history. The winery was named as one of five “Must Visit Wineries” by USA Today and has received perennial praise from Wine Enthusiast, Sunset Magazine, and The New York Times, among others. Brooks is a Certified B Corporation and a partner with 1% for the Planet.
CHEHALEM WINERY (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Katie Santora & Alex Francis
You learn a lot about wine when you’ve been making it since 1990. This unparalleled experience allows Chehalem Winery to make classic Oregon wines – wines they are proud to share. With three unique estate vineyards planted in three distinct designated winegrowing regions of the Willamette Valley AVA, Chehalem’s rich history of innovation, sustainability, and exceptional quality wines is undeniable. A staple of the downtown Newberg wine scene, the Chehalem Winery tasting room is open seven days a week.
CRISTOM VINEYARDS (Salem, OR)
Represented by Tom Gerrie & Steve Doerner
Cristom Vineyards began over a quarter of a century ago as a collaboration between an engineer and a biochemist who each possessed a deep-rooted respect for the land, the natural winemaking process, and Pinot noir. Twenty-seven years later, second-generation owner, winegrower, and co-winemaker Tom Gerrie leads tenured winemaker Steve Doerner and the viticulture team in producing elegant, dynamic wines recognizable by their hallmark style of whole-cluster fermentation by native yeasts. Their winemaking philosophy is rooted in a deep respect for their land and estate vines, which are farmed utilizing biodynamic principles. With minimal intervention during the winemaking process, they strive to craft wines that are an honest recording of both the vineyard and the vintage, displaying a unique blend of tradition, modernity and finesse.
DANCIN Vineyards (Medford, OR)
Represented by Dan Marca & Chris Jiron
Romance and wine have gone hand in hand for centuries, and it’s only fitting that the genesis of DANCIN has its roots in a love story. The tale of Dan and Cindy has all the markings of a great love story. It’s a blend of passion, serendipity, and miracle meetings, and is best heard while sipping wine in the couple’s tasting room. Suffice to say, inclement weather and a chance meeting twice on the same day brought the pair together. They were married after three months and have been DANCIN ever since! Twelve years later, they discovered a perfect plot of land nestled within the forested foothills of southern Oregon, just outside of the gold rush community of Jacksonville. A northeast facing slope, benefitting from the late afternoon shade provided by the surrounding tall pines and cedars, it would become the perfect terroir for growing Pinot noir and Chardonnay with a sense of place.
DEL RIO VINEYARD ESTATE (Gold Hill, OR)
Represented by Jean-Michel Jussiaume & Derek Bangs
The Del Rio Vineyard Estate overlooks the Rogue River between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges of Southern Oregon. A single 300-acre vineyard of breathtaking beauty, Del Rio is run by Rob and Jolee Wallace, a fourth-generation farming family with hearts and a passion for the land as big as the Del Rio skyline. Together with a team of skilled artisan winemakers, the Wallaces are working their dream producing world-class varietals in the wild and unspoiled Rogue Valley. The vineyard’s unique terroir enables Del Rio to grow a diverse range of varietals, from Pinot noir and Pinot gris to Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and more. From these estate-grown grapes they produce their elegant, full-flavored Del Rio Vineyard Estate, Jolee, and Rock Point wines. In addition to supplying their own brands, Del Rio is a key source of grapes to fine wine producers throughout the Northwest.
DOMAINE SERENE (Dayton, OR)
Represented by Michael Fay & Ryan Harris
The Evenstads settled in the Northern Willamette Valley in 1989. Their spirit and passion to produce wines that rival the great wines of Burgundy led them to purchase and plant a hilltop estate that had just been logged in the now famous Dundee Hills. Today, Domaine Serene produces wines from six individual vineyard estates, planted exclusively to Pinot noir and Chardonnay. In Oregon, the Evenstads own nearly 1,000 total acres of land in the hills of Yamhill County, with 275 acres planted to vine. Working every job in the winery for many years, Grace and Ken Evenstad built Domaine Serene from the ground up with a focus on producing high quality wines through innovation and a focus on excellence. In just under three decades, the Evenstads have propelled Domaine Serene onto the global stage as one of the world’s most acclaimed and respected wineries.
DROUHIN OREGON ROSEROCK (Dayton, OR)
Represented by Arron Bell, David Millman, & Ashley Bell
In Oregon, as in Burgundy, the Drouhin Family farms singular, expressive parcels of land. In 1987, the Drouhins established Domaine Drouhin Oregon in the Dundee Hills, and in 2013 bought the stunning Roserock vineyard at the Southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills. Roserock is marked by volcanic soils, cooler temperatures, and an ideal elevation range. Farmed by Philippe Drouhin, the vineyard is certified sustainable by LIVE. Winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss crafts the Pinot noir and Chardonnay cuvées and has much to be excited about. In fact, in the first three vintages alone, Roserock has earned a Wine Spectator Top 100 ranking and multiple James Suckling Year End Best awards.
DUKES FAMILY VINEYARDS (Amity, OR)
Represented by Patrick Dukes & Jackie Dukes
Dukes Family Vineyards artisanal wines are hand crafted on-site from estate fruit at the northern end of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The winery, located on the vineyard, is tucked into a beautiful historic barn that was built in the 1870s. Each fall, the Dukes embark on an exploration of the vintage pursuing a minimalist approach to winemaking in order to fully express the unique intricacies of the growing season as well as the terroir of their Eola-Amity Hills AVA vineyard. The wines of Dukes Family Vineyards are food friendly and elegant rather than over stated. As conservators of the land, they maintain a commitment to low-impact, ecologically-sound sustainability in their farming methodologies and to the continual improvement of the vineyard environment. The vineyards of Dukes Family Vineyards are Sustainable and Salmon Safe certified by LIVE.
ELK COVE VINEYARDS (Gaston, OR)
Represented by Adam Campbell & Shirley Brooks
A fourth-generation Oregon farmer, Adam grew up on a 40-acre vineyard and winery in the foothills of the coast range in Yamhill County. He joined the family business full time in 1994, heading up a new vineyard development project that has grown the Elk Cove vineyard holdings to over 400 planted acres. Extremely low yields from meticulously farmed Estate grown fruit give him excellent raw material, thoughtful winemaking methods provide the rest. Adam also has a passion for sustainability including a solar energy project at the winery, bio-diesel for all farm vehicles & use of organic farming methods. Adam has served on the Board of Directors for the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC), Oregon Pinot Camp (OPC), Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) and the Salud Pinot Noir Auction. He also has a Political Science degree from Lewis and Clark College.
EVESHAM WOOD (Salem, OR)
Represented by Erin Nuccio & Chris Lindermann
Founded in 1986 by Russ and Mary Raney, Evesham Wood has strived to produce balanced, terroir driven wines for over 30 years. The estate vineyard, Le Puits Sec, has been farmed organically for over two decades and obtained organic certification in 2000. In 2007, Erin Nuccio came to Evesham Wood to apprentice under Russ and to produce his Haden Fig wines. Three years later, Erin was asked by the Raney’s to take over Evesham Wood and carry on its legacy. Erin is committed to keeping Evesham Wood’s tradition alive by focusing on hands-off winemaking, the exclusive use of dry-farmed vineyards, and sustainable/organic viticulture.
FORIS VINEYARDS (Cave Junction, OR)
Represented by Stephanie Pao & Julianne Allen
Foris Vineyards is the southernmost winery in the Pacific Northwest and one of the oldest, sitting a mere seven miles from the Southern Oregon border. Armed with 40 years of temperature records from the Smoke Jumper Station in Cave Junction, Ted Gerber first planted Pinot noir in 1975, envisioning a family-owned winery nestled in the pristine alpine valley of Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains. Today, Foris specializes in estate grown Pinot noir and Alsatian varietals. The wines consistently receive high scores and editors’ choice awards. At 1500 feet in elevation, the diurnal temperature swing creates a unique microclimate, influenced by the mountains and ocean, allowing winemaker Stephanie Pao to craft elegant, stylish wines with distinct character.
GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Marcus Goodfellow & Megan Joy
Marcus Goodfellow has been crafting wines in Oregon since 2002. The wines are known for their elegance and grace, a remarkable clarity of site, and the structure and savory aromatics that come with whole-cluster fermentations. Goodfellow Family Cellars works exclusively with grapes from dry-farmed vineyards and with small farm owner/operators in some of the finest vineyards of the Willamette Valley. “The Goodfellow wines came as a wonderful surprise during my time tasting in Oregon… The wines combine layers of pure, ripe fruit, earth and amaro-like aromatics.” Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate, August 2018.
GROCHAU CELLARS (Amity, OR)
Represented by John Grochau & Sara Stockwell
Grochau Cellars has been the project and passion of John Grochau since 2002. John and his wife, Kerri Kelvin, grew up in Portland and watched their backyard evolve into a world-class wine producing region. Years of working at some of Portland’s finest restaurants shaped John’s aim to produce wines that are highly aromatic, complex, and food friendly. John was fortunate enough to learn the trade from some of the Willamette Valley’s finest winemakers including Doug Tunnel of Brick House Wines. John works closely with his growers to produce wines that are honest, true to their roots, and celebrate the subtleties of vintage variation.
HARPER-VOIT (Salem, OR)
Represented by Drew Voit & Jessica West
Harper Voit was founded in 2009 by winemaker Drew Voit, who has made wine in the Willamette Valley for more than 20 years, including stints overseeing winemaking for Shea Wine Cellars and Domaine Serene. Harper Voit is focused on making small production Pinot noirs from some of the most distinctive and expressive sustainably farmed vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley.
JOHAN VINEYARDS (Rickreall, OR)
Represented by Morgan Beck & Dan Rinke
Johan Vineyards is a certified Biodynamic® estate vineyard and winery, located in the Van Duzer Corridor AVA. As winegrowers, they have a very intimate connection to their site. With each growing season, they mature and evolve with the farm and find themselves continually refining their approach to develop a more honest and truer farm individuality. Johan’s winegrowing is guided by the objective to authentically interpret their farm’s identity through the creation of wine. They believe the sense of place, the essence of the farm, is best expressed through a deep commitment to Biodynamic® farming practices, native-yeast fermentation, and minimal intervention in the cellar.
KING ESTATE (Eugene, OR)
Represented by Brent Stone & Ed King
King Estate was founded in 1991 on the principles of family, stewardship, and tradition. Sitting on 1,033 acres at the southern tip of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, King Estate is the largest certified Biodynamic® vineyard in North America. With a third generation of family making wine on the mountain vineyard estate, King Estate remains family-owned, family-farmed, and dedicated to the highest standards in winemaking.
LA CREMA – OREGON (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Sam Poehlman & Jen Walsh
La Crema was founded in 1979 as La Crema Viñera, meaning “Best of the Vine.” For 40 years, the family-owned and operated winery has focused exclusively on cool-climate appellations; exploring the best growing regions through the lens of Chardonnay and Pinot noir from the winery’s original home in Russian River Valley and Santa Barbara in California to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Using boutique, time-intensive techniques, La Crema takes a small-batch approach to winemaking. From bud break to finished bottles, the commitment to high-touch winemaking ensures consistently distinct, elegant, and naturally balanced wines.
LANGE ESTATE WINERY AND VINEYARDS (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Jesse Lange & Wendy Lange
More than 30 years ago, Don and Wendy Lange founded their winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The year 1987 marked Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards’ first vintage and consisted of three noble varietals that the family continues to embrace today: Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay. What was once six planted acres and a basement tasting room, is now 45 acres of estate vines with a state-of-the art winery and hospitality center. Featuring panoramic views of vineyards, valleys and the Cascade Mountain Range, this destination winery has grown with its neighbors and partners in wine to become a part of this esteemed wine region. With second-generation winemaker Jesse Lange at the helm, the family’s legacy continues. With fruit sourced from their estate vineyards and heritage sites throughout the Willamette Valley, the Langes focus on terroir driven wines through their small lot, artisanal winemaking philosophy – setting the standard for truly handcrafted and beautifully balanced wines.
LE CADEAU VINEYARD (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Tom Mortimer & Jim Sanders
In 1997, Tom and Deb Mortimer purchased 28 acres of raw land on the south slope of Parrett Mountain, a few miles southeast of Newberg. After eight years of clearing, land preparation, planting, and eventually winemaking, the first Le Cadeau wine – 2002 vintage – was introduced to the market. Le Cadeau is noted for its tiny production, artisanal cuvées that showcase particular attributes of the estate vineyard. At 700 feet, it is a higher elevation site with extraordinary soils comprised almost exclusively of Witzel-series broken volcanic basalt cobbles. For added complexity, the vineyard is planted to a diverse mix of heritage and Dijon clones of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Le Cadeau wines are known for deep and layered flavors accented with signature mineral and spice nuances. Tom and Deb are pleased to feature their 2016 Merci Reserve, a wine offering lifted floral aromatics derived from their Calera, Swan, and Mt. Eden heritage Pinot noir selections.
LONGPLAY WINE (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Todd Hansen & Jeff Morgenthal
Longplay Wine is the label of Lia’s Vineyard, a 50-acre, south-facing parcel in the Chehalem Mountains AVA with plantings dating to 1990. Owner Todd Hansen and his daughter, Lia, farm the vineyard alongside vineyard manager Javier Marin and his skilled crew. While Lia’s Vineyard sells most of its fruit to some of Oregon’s leading wineries, Todd retains a few tons of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, so he can share his wines at wonderful events like the IPNC. The name “Longplay” communicates the philosophy of creating “analog wine for a digital world – no overdubbing, no remixing.” The goal is to capture the essence of our vineyard and the vintage in every bottle.
LOVE & SQUALOR (Portland, OR)
Represented by Matt Berson & Angie Reat
Matt Berson, the owner and winemaker of Love & Squalor, began his adventure in winemaking in 2003 when he was rescued from his illustrious restaurant career by a band of marauding Oregon winemakers. He was first taught the rudiments and joys of winemaking by Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars. Then, he scurried in the cellars of Jimi Brooks (Brooks), Jay Somers (J. Christopher), Larry McKenna (Escarpment, NZ), and Erni Loosen (Dr. Loosen). The Love & Squalor label was launched in 2006 while he was the assistant winemaker for Ransom Wines. It focuses on Pinot noirs and Rieslings sourced from the vineyards of the Northern Willamette Valley. The wines are unmanipulated and honest. Berson lives in Portland in an old house filled with curly girls, including his wife and partner in crime Angie Reat, with whom he operates the Portland Wine Company urban winery and tasting room.
LUMINOUS HILLS (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Byron Dooley & Dana Dooley
In 2001, Byron traded in his high-tech life for muddy boots and a wine glass and has never looked back. 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 earning his winemaking degree, Byron and his wife Dana were drawn to Oregon’s Willamette Valley for its beauty, climate, and world-class 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. With its favorable elevations, aspects, and soil compositions, Luminous Hills expresses a broad array of distinctive qualities from a small geographic area. Meanwhile, Dana launched a chocolate business, specializing in wine-pairing chocolates.
LUMOS WINE CO. (Philomath, OR)
Represented by Dai Crisp & Julia Cattrall
Dai Crisp and PK McCoy started 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. Winemaker Julia Cattrall and cellar hand Boone McCoy-Crisp blend this philosophy of intentionality and responsibility into their craft, transforming Dai’s viticulture into the Lumos 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.
NICOLAS-JAY (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Jean-Nicolas Méo & Jay Boberg
Nicolas-Jay is the partnership between celebrated Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet and renowned music executive Jay Boberg. The Willamette Valley Pinot noir was their debut cuvée, followed by three single vineyard designates: Nysa, Momtazi and Bishop Creek, the organic vineyard they own in Yamhill-Carlton. Associate winemaker Tracy Kendall works in concert with Jean-Nicolas and Jay to guide the day-to-day viticulture and winemaking at Nicolas-Jay.
OWEN ROE WINERY (Newberg, OR)
Represented by David O’Reilly & Sara Jantze
At Owen Roe, they are committed to practicing the highest standards of winemaking. Since their first vintage in 1999, their goal has been simple; to produce beautiful wines from superior sites in the Pacific Northwest: place where the fruit ripens slowly and fully, resulting in excellent acidity and balance. All of their grapes are hand-harvested, handled with minimal processing, small-lot fermented, and aged in French oak barrels. Established in 1999, Owen Roe’s emphasis towards Northwest wines has evolved to showcase the unique terroir within the prestigious grape growing regions of the Yakima and Willamette Valleys. Co-Owners, David and Angelica O’Reilly and Ben and Julie Wolff share a passion and history dedicated to fine wines and, together, they have developed a diversified portfolio that has been recognized globally by critics, wine writers, and consumers.
R. STUART & CO. WINERY (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Rob Stuart & Maria Stuart
After decades spent working for others, veteran Northwest winemaker Rob Stuart and his wife Maria set out to stake their own claim. R. Stuart & Co. Winery’s first vintage was 2001. They carefully source fruit from some of their favorite vineyards around the Willamette Valley including Weber, Lazy River and Hirschy and Rob crafts those lots into a variety of Pinot noirs – of both every day and Reserve quality. Rob also has a long-held passion for sparkling wines and they make two of those, Rosé d’Or and Bubbly. All the wines are made in classic, Stuart style; true to the fruit each vineyard offers, graceful, honest, and approachable. R. Stuart makes both blended and small production single vineyard Pinots. This year the winery chose the Daffodil Hill Vineyard as their Featured Wine. After working with fruit from this magical site for 16 vintages, Rob and Maria were thrilled to last year acquire it as their first estate vineyard.
RÉSONANCE (Carlton, OR)
Represented by Guillaume Large & Thibault Gagey
The winemaking is simple at Résonance. They pick the grapes when they are ripe, but not too ripe, and, when they come to the winery, the winemakers give them as much freedom as possible to express themselves. Every vintage is different, based on what the grapes need—macerations will vary in length and temperature, they do not inoculate with yeast, and they let the wines rest quietly in barrels, perhaps racking only once. At Résonance, their winemaking is about having a good knowledge of the best of a vineyard block’s terroir with minimal intervention. This attention to detail requires an openness as well as experience. They feel that only through curiosity can they transmit what the soil has given them.
REX HILL (Newberg, OR)
Represented by Michael Davies & Carrie Kalscheuer
The families of A to Z Wineworks bought REX HILL in 2007, reducing production almost 80% to focus on only the highest quality wines. Using hand-picked, hand-sorted grapes and small French oak barrels, REX HILL wines comprise less than 3% of A to Z’s total production, the crème de la crème from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Willamette Valley. REX HILL is one of the original LIVE certified wineries and owned vineyards are farmed following Biodynamic principles. REX HILL consistently offers authentic wines that are balanced, complex, rich and delicious. Named a 2017 Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery in the Americas.
SOKOL BLOSSER WINERY (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Alex Sokol Blosser & Robin Hawley
For nearly 50 years – even before there was an Oregon wine industry – the Sokol Blosser family has been perfecting Pinot noir. Since founders Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, the family has focused on winemaking excellence through environmentally friendly techniques. Today, situated on a certified organic 85-acre property in the Dundee Hills, and farming another 43 estate acres in Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills, B Corp-certified Sokol Blosser remains committed to a sustainable approach. This respect for nature has consistently captured the terroir of the region, showcasing its essence through the brilliance of its estate fruit. Now with the second generation of Sokol Blossers at the helm, the winery has entered a new millennium of winemaking and sustainability under the guidance of CEO and Co-President Alison Sokol Blosser, along with winemaker and Co-President Alex Sokol Blosser. As these siblings continue the legacy of their parents, the focus remains on crafting exemplary wines through sustainable methods.
ST. INNOCENT WINERY (Jefferson, OR)
Represented by Mark Vlossak & Vickianne Vlossak
Mark Vlossak founded St. Innocent Winery in 1988. It was his desire to create wines respectful of Old World quality and tradition in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, one of the newest and most exciting wine growing regions in the world. Now, with more than 170 90+ rated wines, he has become one of Oregon’s most lauded winemakers. His food-focused wines are made from six of Oregon’s most well-known vineyards. These wines honor the vine and the vintage with balance and elegance. After 31 years, Mark is embarking on a new passion. In 2018, he purchased a 47-acre property in the south Salem Hills just off of the I-5 corridor. This move was inspired by Mark’s desire to be a true vigneron: one who guides a wine’s life cycle from seed to bottle.
TENDRIL WINE CELLARS (Gaston, OR)
Represented by Tony Rynders & Ben Friesen
Tony Rynders began working in the wine business in 1989 at Mirassou Vineyards in San Jose, CA. This experience convinced him that this was his calling. He attended the University of California at Davis and obtained a master’s degree in Enology and Vitculture in 1992. Rynders continued to obtain winemaking experience with harvests in Napa (Acacia Winery), northern Italy (Friuli), South Australia (Petaluma Winery), and Tuscany (Col d’Orcia). He has held permanent winemaking positions at Argyle Winery, Hogue Cellars, and Domaine Serene Winery/Rockblock Cellars. In 2008, he developed and launched his own label, Tendril Wine Cellars, with focus exclusively on small-lot Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Also, in 2008, Rynders launched his own wine consulting business (Tony Rynders Consulting). He has since consulted on custom wines, winery design, vineyard design, wine quality improvement, and brand establishment. In 2010, he established Tour de Force Wine Company, which provides custom winemaking for his clients.
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.
WINDERLEA VINEYARD & WINERY (Dundee, OR)
Represented by Bill Sweat & Donna Morris
Winderlea Vineyard & Winery is a boutique winery specializing in the production of small lots of Pinot noir and Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley. Established in 2005 by winegrowers Bill Sweat and Donna Morris, Winderlea purchased the original Dundee Hills Vineyard, a 20-acre property, planted in the 1970s. Adding to their estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills, Winderlea secured the Meredith Mitchell Vineyard, in McMinnville, as an estate holding through a long-term lease. As lovers of wine that speak to the characteristics of each vineyard site, winemaking at Winderlea is focused and minimalist. Winderlea is obsessed with producing its wines and running its business as sustainably as possible. In 2015, Winderlea earned Demeter Biodynamic® Certification for its vineyard and became just the fourth winery globally to achieve B Corp Certification, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable practices in all aspect of its business.
ALMA ROSA WINERY (Buelton, CA)
Represented by Nick de Luca & Debra Eagle
Founded in 2005, Alma Rosa Winery is situated on the north-facing slopes of the Santa Rosa Hills in Santa Barbara County. Our wines are layered, vibrant, and balanced, reflecting the terroir of the Sta. Rita Hills. The appellation benefits from cool Pacific Ocean breezes funneled inland through the unique transverse mountain range of this region. The Alma Rosa estate vineyard, El Jabali, was planted to Pinot noir and Chardonnay in 1983 and became the first certified organic vineyard in Santa Barbara County. In 2015, Nick de Luca joined the winery to bring a fresh perspective to our wines. Concurrently, we planted an additional 37 acres of vines, predominately Pinot noir and Chardonnay vines, as well as a small amount of Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. Today, Alma Rosa produces about 5,000 cases of wine.
BOUCHAINE VINEYARDS (Napa, CA)
Represented by Chris Kajani & Erik Goodmanson
Situated on 104 acres of rolling hills with views to San Francisco, Bouchaine Vineyards is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Carneros AVA, located on the southernmost tip of Napa Valley. While Bouchaine was founded in 1981, our estate was originally planted to grapevines in the late 1880s. Meticulous viticulture and sustainable farming techniques, coupled with our estate terroir, allow for crafting Pinot noir and Chardonnay with vivid energy and texture. Bouchaine continually endeavors to create the perfect bottle of wine that embodies the excellence of Burgundy, the exuberance of California, and the terroir of Carneros.
CALERA WINE COMPANY (Hollister, CA)
Represented by Mike Waller
Josh Jensen became a pioneer in American Pinot noir when, taking his cue from the great domaines of Burgundy, he set out in search of limestone in California. In 1975, he founded Calera on the site of an old limekiln on Mt. Harlan in the Gavilan Mountains of California’s Central Coast, planting Pinot noir at an average of 2200 feet above sea level. Today, these organic-certified vineyards are recognized as some of the New World’s most treasured Pinot noir sites, each renowned for producing distinctive wines of uncommon purity, elegance, and aging potential. Mike Waller, a master of Pinot noir, was named Calera Winemaker in 2009. He has worked alongside Josh Jensen for more than a decade, crafting sophisticated wines with a sense of place that honor the character and complexity of this unique site. Calera wines are renowned for their age-worthy elegance and complexity.
CARTOGRAPH (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Alan Baker & Serena Lourie
There’s a sense of place in every bottle from Cartograph Wines. The restrained Pinot noir and Alsatian-style whites reflect the cool climates in which their grapes grow, delivering subtle intensity with every sip. The brand logo mimics the journey its founders took to find each other and get to Healdsburg, California. The name itself evokes a map that leads to treasure in the glass. The wines are subtle, nuanced, and delicate. Alan hand selects fruit from every vineyard site, and his winemaking philosophy is one of restraint. He harvests grapes when they’re a little less ripe and before the sugars get too plentiful, resulting in wines with a higher acidity and slightly lower alcohol. For the Pinot noir, this translates into light floral notes; for the whites, especially the Riesling, it means citrus. Across the board, this approach yields wines that pair with just about any food.
COBB WINES (Occidental, CA)
Represented by Ross Cobb & Lily Anderson
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 on single-vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot noirs, and small amounts of Chardonnay and Riesling, Cobb Wines combines the winegrowing expertise of David Cobb with the winemaking skill of his son, Ross, who Jay McInerney hailed as one of “the rock stars of Pinot noir” in The Wall Street Journal 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.”
ENROUTE (Oakville, CA)
Represented by Michael Accurso & Andrew Delos
Established in 2007 by the partners of Napa Valley’s Far Niente winery, EnRoute is the culmination of a more than 40-year passion for Pinot. The journey convinced the founders of EnRoute that the best opportunity to consistently and successfully create the focused, textured, yet graceful, Pinot noir wines they treasure is in the Russian River Valley. They have made a serious and deep commitment to the region, drawing from a rich tradition of meticulous vineyard selection, precision farming practices, and exemplary winemaking.
GAINEY VINEYARD (Santa Ynez, CA)
Represented by John Falcone & Helen Falcone
The Gainey’s three ranches are located in two of Santa Barbara County’s most esteemed appellations: the Santa Ynez Valley and the Sta. Rita Hills. Each ranch offers a unique combination of soil types, microclimate, sun exposure and grape varieties, ensuring great complexity in our wines. They grow warm climate varieties at their Home Ranch in the warmer, eastern end of Santa Ynez Valley and cool climate varieties at their Evan’s Ranch and Rancho Esperanza in the cool, marine-influenced Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Gainey was one of the pioneering wineries to establish the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. All three of these ranches yield grapes of exceptional character, allowing Gainey to craft 100% estate-grown wines.
J VINEYARDS & WINERY (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Nicole Hitchcock & Morgan Diamant
Founded in 1986 in the heart of the Russian River Valley, J Vineyards & Winery has earned a reputation as one of the top traditional method sparkling and varietal wine producers in California. Known for celebrated estate vineyards and world-class hospitality, what truly sets J apart is its dedication to elevated, small-lot winemaking techniques. Winemaker Nicole Hitchcock showcases the depth and diversity of the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and beyond with a portfolio of acclaimed single-vineyard Pinot noir and Pinot noir blends. Each wine tells a different story of its site and clones, crafted with J’s signature complexity, delicate texture, and longevity. A pioneer in wine and food pairing, the renowned hospitality center in Healdsburg offers an intriguing selection of tasting experiences, including innovative culinary pairings created by J Executive Chef Carl Shelton in the Bubble Room.
KOSTA BROWNE WINERY (Sebastopol, CA)
Represented by Julien Howsepian & Niel Bernardi
The vision of Kosta Browne is to be the global benchmark for California Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Their team is obsessed with quality, and they apply the same meticulous approach across grape growing, sourcing, and advanced cellar practices. At Kosta Browne, they extend their commitment to excellence through gracious hospitality. With every bottle, they want to tell the story of California’s most sought-after wines.
LAETITIA VINEYARD & WINERY (Arroyo Grande, CA)
Represented by Eric Hickey & Georgie Hackett
At Laetitia, they are passionate about producing premium estate wines that showcase the distinctive qualities of the Arroyo Grande Valley. Located in southern San Luis Obispo County in California’s Central Coast, their property overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Originally known for methodé champenoise sparkling wines, Laetitia is just as well known for handcrafted Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and more. A deep and abiding respect for Laetitia’s estate-grown fruit is the mark of Eric Hickey’s winemaking. Beginning his hands-on training in the cellar at the tender age of 16, Eric has lived and breathed Laetitia all the way to the top, where he is now the Head Winemaker and the winery’s President. While Eric makes a point of experimenting with small lots each vintage, his style is fundamentally built upon finding balance, finesse, and the essence of the fruit he has come to know for so many years.
MASÚT (Redwood Valley, CA)
Represented by Jake Fetzer
Founders Ben and Jake Fetzer launched Masút Vineyard & Winery with a focus to produce estate Pinot noir. The brothers are the grandsons of Barney Fetzer, who built Fetzer Vineyards with his family. In the early 1990s, their father, Robert Fetzer, was eager to begin a new chapter. He purchased a 1,200-acre property, which he named Masút, a Native American word meaning “dark, rich earth.” They began to plant Pinot noir in this untapped mountainous area. Their efforts eventually established the Eagle Peak appellation in Mendocino County, where they are the sole winery. The vineyard is 35 acres of Pinot noir which straddle the western mountains at the headwaters of the Russian River.
MINDEGO RIDGE VINEYARD (Saratoga, CA)
Represented by David Gollnick & Stacey Gollnick
Mindego Ridge is a small 10-acre vineyard perched at lands’ end in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and is lovingly farmed by husband and wife owners, David and Stacey Gollnick. The vineyard sits on a dramatic, south-facing hillside that steeply slopes up to 950 feet in elevation with shallow soils composed of silty clay loam over sandstone and fractured shale. On a site that is cool, temperate, and just eight miles from the Pacific and adjacent to redwoods, Dave and Stacey planted the vineyard in 2009. They made this their home with a passion for farming and a mission to produce 100% estate grown, single-vineyard wines that authentically express the marine-influenced mountain terroir. In 2013, Dave and Stacey partnered with renowned winemaker Ehren Jordan, who crafts the wines in small lots with minimal intervention to produce site-inspired Pinot noir and Chardonnay with extraordinary balance and finesse.
MOSHIN VINEYARDS (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Rick Moshin & Richard Milkovich
Back in 1989, then math professor and grape broker, Rick Moshin purchased his first Pinot noir vineyard in the Russian River Valley and started a new career as a farmer and winemaker. This year, his family-owned and -operated Moshin Vineyards is celebrating its 30th anniversary, still making premium-quality wines at its solar-powered, gravity-flow winery on Healdsburg’s Westside Road. Moshin specializes in single-vineyard and estate-blend Pinot noir, but also makes Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, dessert wines, traditional-method sparkling wine, and a crowd-pleasing Rosé of Pinot noir that won Double Gold in the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
PAUL HOBBS WINERY (Sebastopol, CA)
Represented by Jennie Murphy & Matt Hobbs
Pioneering winemaker Paul Hobbs established his eponymous winery in 1991 in Sebastopol, CA. After several years sourcing fruit for the winery, Paul Hobbs discovered a vineyard in the Laguna Ridge neighborhood of the Russian River Valley and named the estate in honor of his great-grandmother, Katherine Lindsay, who founded the Hobbs family farm in upstate New York. The site became the winery’s home in 2003 and exemplifies his vision and dedication to sustainability and his on-going quest to refine the art of winemaking with minimal intervention, yet meticulous care. Today, Paul Hobbs Winery farms a collection of acclaimed estate and growers’ vineyards in the Russian River Valley, ‘true’ Sonoma Coast, Carneros, and Napa Valley.
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. 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 gives purpose.
SANFORD WINERY (Lompoc, CA)
Represented by John Terlato & Steve Fennell
In the early 1970s, the first vines were planted in Sta. Rita Hills at the now-legendary Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. For nearly 50 years, this vineyard — a site that Wine Enthusiast lists as one of the five most important and iconic vineyards in the state of California — has set the standard for quality in the region and is home to the oldest Pinot noir vines all of Santa Barbara county. The voice of this vineyard is what made Sanford Winery special then and is what continues to make Sanford Winery special today. At Sanford, they strive for wines that are balanced, nuanced and memorable; wines that exceed expectations. Every wine they produce must speak of the “place,” so they pay close attention to the voice of their historic vineyard and employ a strict minimalist intervention philosophy.
SIDURI WINES (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Adam Lee
Siduri, named for the Babylonian goddess of wine, is the result of our founder, Adam Lee’s, love of Pinot noir, and his dream that he could make great wines of his own. Today, Siduri’s breadth and depth of Pinot noir is truly unique. We specialize in cool-climate Pinot noir, producing wines that represent regions and single-vineyards from five major AVAs spanning from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to California’s Santa Barbara County.
TEN ACRE WINERY (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Michael Zardo & Lacy Procopenko
Ten Acre started with a real place. An exceptional piece of land in the Russian River Valley was the beginning of it all. At Ten Acre, they added vines row-by-row and clone-by-clone to create their dream. Ten Acre is also an idea about how grapes should be grown, and wines made: thoughtfully, by hand, and with respect for the character and complexity of the land they celebrate. Winemaker Michael Zardo’s barrel-by-barrel approach yields deeply expressive wine, with each bottling honoring the essence of its vineyard roots.
THOMAS FOGARTY WINERY (Woodside, CA)
Represented by Tommy Fogarty & Nathan Kandler
In 1978, Dr. Thomas Fogarty and Michael Martella planted vines and built a small estate winery in the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains, 2,000 feet above sea level. The coastal climate, high elevation, and thin rocky soils are unique and define the authentic site-expressive wines. Today, Tom Fogarty Jr. runs Thomas Fogarty Winery while winegrower Nathan Kandler produces distinctive Pinot noir and Chardonnay from 25 acres of estate vineyards on eight unique sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
HIDDEN BENCH ESTATE WINERY (Beamsville, Ontario CANADA)
Represented by Harald Thiel & Jay Johnston
Founded in 2003, Hidden Bench is an artisanal, estate winery situated in the heart of the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation of Niagara. This boutique winery, whose mantra is “Sustainability, Terroir, Technology and Passion,” has established a reputation for excellence both domestically and internationally due to the consistent benchmark quality of its wines. Reputed for its forward-thinking use of environmentally sustainable practices as well as the superb quality of its wines, Hidden Bench farms its low yield vineyards using organically certified practices, employs geothermal technology to control cellar and wine process temperatures, and is the only Ontario winery to generate its own electricity through 105 solar panels.
LIGHTFOOT & WOLFVILLE VINEYARDS (Wolfville, Nova Scotia CANADA)
Represented by Josh Horton & Rachel Lightfoot
Family owned and operated by eighth-generation farmers, Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards is a Demeter certified biodynamic farm-winery located in the heart of the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Canada. With close proximity to the Bay of Fundy, and the world’s highest tides, coastal breezes and temperature moderation help create wines with great distinction. The focus is on terroir-driven, cool-climate wines, including traditional method sparklings, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and aromatic whites such as Riesling. At a current annual production of 10,000 cases, Lightfoot & Wolfville’s winemaking program is about a return from modern, large-scale methods to classic, artisanal viticulture and enology. The fruit is 100% hand-harvested, processed using a traditional basket press, and fermented with indigenous, wild yeasts. Opened in 2017, the state-of-the-art Lightfoot & Wolfville winery facility features modern, barn architecture, a farm-to-table culinary program, and operates as a bespoke event venue.
OKANAGAN CRUSH PAD WINERY (Summerland, British Columbia CANADA)
Represented by Christine Coletta & Tom Swope
The journey began in 2006 when Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie planted a 10-acre site in Summerland, British Columbia and named it Switchback Vineyard. Three years later, a tiny crop yielding 168 cases was harvested. Curiosity won out over practicality, Haywire was launched and there was no turning back. In 2011, Coletta and Lornie opened Okanagan Crush Pad, an innovative custom winemaking facility, to give Haywire a home. Today, their venture includes 380 acres of vineyard and farmland, and Haywire has two sister brands: Free Form and Narrative. Their signature wines include Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Gamay noir, Sauvignon blanc and traditional method sparkling. Haywire is recognized as making game-changing wines with New Zealander Matt Dumayne at the helm, and Alberto Antonini and Pedro Parra consulting. The team is committed to organic farming and creating wines that let the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley shine through.