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Ideally situated in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Alexana Winery’s 80-acre property possesses an incredibly diverse series of soils and exposures. Eighteen soil types spread over a combination of rolling hills, steep slopes and rugged terrain.
While the range at Andrew Rich Wines may be broad – in addition to the Pinots and Rhône-style wines the winery is known for Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer dessert wine, and several others – the intent is always to make wines of balance, grace, and sheer deliciousness.
The seed for AVERÆN was planted when we (Baron, Noah & Steve from Banshee Wines in Sonoma) attended IPNC in the Willamette Valley three years ago. There we were, sitting around a campfire, in what is now a vineyard that we're sourcing 10 tons of Pinot Noir from this harvest, talking about the similarities between our cold and foggy Sonoma Coast and the various sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley. From the cold wind that funnels from the Pacific Ocean through low-lying gaps in the coastal mountain ranges (the Van Duzer Corridor in Oregon and the Petaluma Wind Gap in Sonoma), to the mix of marine sedimentary and volcanic influenced soils that play off of one another to create the micro-terroirs of each appellation. The similarities were shocking. What got us really excited was that we saw the potential to make wine at the very highest level, using what were considered at the time to be the very top vineyard sites, all at a cost that was considerably less that what we were experiencing in the Sonoma Coast. Oregon reminded us of where the Sonoma Coast was 10-15 years ago. Still finding its way in terms of consistency, but when done right, way over-delivering. The quality was there in a big way, but the prices were still so reasonable.
For the wine drinker looking to experience the essence of the Northwest, Battle Creek Cellars reflects the wilderness, pioneering spirit, elegance and quirky sensibility that makes Oregon unique. Whether sourced from our namesake vineyard, Battle Creek, or the surrounding vineyards throughout the state, our wines are distinctively Oregon.
Benton-Lane Winery was founded by lifelong winemakers Steve and Carol Girard. It was silky, spicy Oregon Pinot that convinced them to move from Napa Valley to the tenderloin of The Willamette Valley where they planted their sustainably grown vines in a historic sheep ranch. In addition to their sinfully sexy Pinot Noir, they produce a fruity, crisp Pinot Gris, a deep, aromatic Pinot Blanc and rich, velvety Chardonnay.
Bethel Heights Vineyard grows its grapes on 103 acres in the Eola- Amity Hills AVA, a windy area just north of Salem, the state capital. The family-owned winery is an Oregon pioneer, founded in 1977, and all its wines are produced from estate-owned vineyards. Cousins and co-owners Ben and Mimi Casteel represent the second generation of the winery's founding Casteel, Dudley and Webb families. Ben, the winemaker, pursues a light and delicate style, decidedly old-school, putting the emphasis on fruit flavors and intensity and delivering a marvelous sense of weightlessness in the wines.
Brick House wines are estate grown in the vineyards surrounding the old brick house on Ribbon Ridge. The first vineyard block was certified organic in 1990. Today, the entire farm lives up to the Demeter Biodynamic® standards and all the wines carry both certifications on their labels. BIODYNAMIC.
We produce elegant estate Pinot Noir, Dijon Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. “It is all about vineyard site.” That’s the belief of geologist and winemaker Mike Hallock. The vineyard is located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley. It was the culmination of a twelve year search for a site combining the best criteria of top quality Oregon and French terroirs. Trained as a winemaker in Colorado (really!), Hallock brought his tanks and equipment over the mountains on a flatbed for the first vintage in 1998. The winery is virtual (shared space with winemaking colleagues), but the vineyard is very real. Pinot noir is the main emphasis, with seven different clonal blocks fermented separately, then blended prior to bottling to exhibit the complex potential of the vineyard. Making modest use of new French oak, the focus is on purity of fruit and elegance of style.
At the Chapter 24 Vineyards we want to create a culture that is uncommonly interesting, innovative, intelligent, human, irreverent, focused, timely and delicious. A culture about the action of thinking. Thinking about the vineyard, the evolution of grape to wine, and above everything else, the experience of drinking. It is only the act of drinking that fully animates our wine. At their best, our Pinots change the atmosphere around our lives. Emotion, thought and action influenced by the attractive forces generated by a glass of wine.
Inspired by Gothic Tales of the 18th Century, we produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé wines from Oregon's Willamette Valley. Our wines are vibrant and food driven, modeled on classic, Old-World styles of non-interventionist winemaking.
Maison L’Envoyé, ‘The House of the Messenger,’ tirelessly explores the finest sites dedicated to the cultivation of Pinot Noir. We strive to craft wines that not only sing of their origins, but are also delicious in their own right.
Mike joined in the Beer Revolution in his home state of Texas in 1993 and began brewing in earnest. This love of beverage culminated in a trip to Corvallis, Oregon, to attend a fermentation science course in 1997. On a field trip to the professor's house, Mike was introduced to home winemaking and backyard viticulture. With his interest piqued, he joined his friends in Oregon for harvests starting in 1998, and became hooked on the Willamette Valley wine scene. In 2006 he bought vineyard under contract to Owen Roe, which allowed him to make his first four barrels of wine. It received a 90 from the Wine Spectator. There was no looking back.
As a small family producer our wines uniquely reflect our roots from both the Napa and Willamette Valleys and we are able to offer varietal wines whose origins are from both the Bordeaux and Burgundy traditions. Our winery is dedicated to both making the highest quality wines of limited production while emphasizing strong personal relationships with our customers through our wine club and tastings at our family home in the Willamette hills. A warm, heartfelt invitation is at the heart of our business.
Mouton Noir is a two-fold lifestyle project producing both a T-Shirt line and Oregon wines. Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, both ends of Mouton Noir incorporate a trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture. The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some of the New York's best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and now available nationwide. Mouton Noir apparel is inspired by WINE LIFESTYLE/STREET CULTURE of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures. The design is also reminiscent of independent skateboard company apparel of the 1990s.
Our wines exemplify true varietal character and express the individuality of our growers, vineyards, and vintages. Choosing vineyards with a commitment to quality and sustainability is always our first step, but they must also have pure expression of terroir, unique flavors, and a fellow iconoclast aboard the tractor. We seek out old vine, high elevation sites, many in the Eola Hills, which have the innate nerve and balanced acidity to make evocative, food-friendly wines naturally.
We founded Four Bears Winery and Sean Minor Wines in 2005 for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we wanted to make delicious, quality wines that continually exceed your expectations. We are all about family and we named our business for our four children: Nick, Elle, Jack and Charlie. Starting our own winery is both a professional and personal dream. Just as our family and children have grown, so has our business. We decided our winery would eventually include more than one label – each with a different focus and personality – much like our children. We offer wines under three labels; Four Bears – California Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast Chardonnay, Central Coast Pinot Noir and Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon; Sean Minor – Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Carneros Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Red Blend; and Point North – Oregon Pinot Noir.
Carefully managed Oregon grapes are fermented using native, ‘wild’ yeasts. We think this makes a more complex wine and produces the greatest expression of the terroir. We generally use a minimum of new oak to maintain focus on the fruit and strive to create Pinot Noir that is elegant, nuanced and cellar-worthy. We also experiment each year with a non-pinot varietal which has included Willful Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot and a Bordeaux blend from Walla Walla. Additionally, we produce a second line called Jezebel, including Jezebel Blanc and Jezebel Pinot Noir, two approachable, fruit-forward wines perfect for everyday drinking.