The Willamette Valley! What a discovery! What a gem! With its amazing climate, soil and topography…wine and Pinot Noir grapes in particular, were simply destined to grow here. Winemaking as we know it in the Willamette Valley stretches back over 50 years. The 3 genius up-and-coming winemakers were UC Davis alumni who believed that Oregon and the Willamette Valley in particular, were an ideal place to grow cool-climate varietals. Between 1965 and 1968, David Lett, Charles Coury and Dick Erath separately forged their way to the north Willamette Valley despite negative feedback. Within the next decade, David and Ginny Adelsheim, Ronald and Marjorie Vuylsteke, Richard and Nancy Ponzi, Joe and Pat Campbell, Susan and Bill Sokol Blosser and Myron Redford all planted vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This region is recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world and other world class varietals have followed for its amazing climate…that’s just the beginning and it’s only getting better folks!
The Wine Pioneers of The Willamette Valley