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Featured Wineries

The 2016 Featured Wineries will be announced in early spring. Shown below are Featured Wineries from 2015.

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Represented by David Adelsheim & Dave Paige

Established in 1971, Adelsheim Vineyard's family-owned-and-operated winery and estate vineyards are located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, leads a new generation of experienced wine industry professionals devoted to crafting consistently transcendent wines. Adelsheim Vineyard uses sustainable farming practices and takes great care to bring out the best in each of their unique vineyard sites. In the winery, they combine traditional and modern techniques, crafting wines in a style that centers on elegance, complexity, and richness in flavor and texture. Their new tasting room opened in 2009, with an emphasis on upper-tier single vineyard Pinot noir. Their wines and service, combined with a unique tour program, makes Adelsheim Vineyard a "must visit" destination during your next stay in wine country.

Represented by Ernie Pink & Dena Drews

Amalie Robert Estate was founded by Dena Drews and Ernie Pink in 1999. Dena and Ernie left the corporate world behind to grow Pinot noir in the best place on earth. They found a beautiful cherry orchard and the opportunity to follow their dreams. Today, Amalie Robert Estate is a 60-acre property with 33.84 acres of sustainably farmed vines and a state of the art, gravity flow Pinot noir winery. The estate is stitched into the sedimentary foothills outside of Dallas, Oregon. In their second careers, Dena and Ernie’s guiding principle is stewardship. They are the vineyard managers and winemakers: students of the vineyard, where class, it seems, is always in session. Their efforts in the field are rewarded with Pinot noir wines that are “True to the soil and true to the vintage.®” Amalie Robert is a combination of Dena’s middle name, “Amalie” (pronounced AIM-a-lee), and Ernie’s, “Robert.”

Represented by Steven Thompson & Kris Fade

Founded by Steven Thompson and Kris Fade in 2010, Analemma Wines was built upon the opportunity to manage one of the oldest vineyards in the Pacific Northwest: The Atavus Vineyard. With just twelve acres of history and a vision, the two embarked on a mission to breathe life back into the old vines, ferment rare fruit, and bottle a truly unique vinous expression of the Pacific Northwest. Current wine production includes Pinot noir, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and a compelling blanc de noir sparkling wine made in the Methode Champenoise. With the addition of an estate property in Mosier, Oregon in 2011, this small team now farms a diverse selection of vineyards in the heart of the Columbia Gorge AVA that reflect the tension between cooler, Pacific maritime and warmer, eastern continental influences.

Represented by Maggie Harrison

Antica Terra is an 11-acre vineyard located on a rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The first vines were planted in 1989 in a clearing within the oak savannah. The geology of the site is extremely unusual. In most of the region, vineyards are planted in the relatively deep, geologically young soils left behind by either the Missoula floods or the volcanic events that formed the Cascade Range. In this place, the remains of a far older pre-historic seabed rise to the surface, leaving the vines to struggle, without topsoil, amongst a fractured mixture of sandstone sown with fossilized oyster shells. In 2005, when Maggie Harrison was asked if she would simply take a look at the vineyard and offer her opinion about the qualities of the site, she reluctantly agreed. Twenty-six seconds after arriving among the oaks, fossils, and stunted vines, she found herself hunched beneath one of the trees, phone in hand, explaining to her husband that they would be moving to Oregon.

Represented by Nate Klostermann & Chris Cullina

Established in 1987, Argyle Winery has discovered the importance of encouraging grapevines to optimize the Willamette Valley’s limited sunlight and heat for flavor production. Argyle sustainably farms 500 acres of some of the best vineyard spots in the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills AVAs. The winery and vineyards are LIVE certified sustainable. This focus on farming vintage-driven wines from great sites is the cornerstone to Argyle’s full spectrum of prestige sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot noir – ten of which have made it on to the Wine Spectator’s “Top 100 Wines” list.

Represented by Michael Etzel & Grant Coulter

The story begins in the late 1980’s on an old dairy/pig farm in Yamhill County. Michael Etzel and his brother-in-law started the project that would become known as Beaux Frères. The original building was in fact a pig barn that was converted into a winery in 1990. It still retains its “rustic charm.” The original idea was to simply grow grapes and continue to run the farm on Ribbon Ridge. Yet when Michael and his “Beaux Frères” saw the potential in the young vineyard, they solicited help to convert the barn into a working winery – including a crush pad, barrel room, small lab, and a make-shift tasting area. The property is tended following the principles of organic and biodynamic farming, though not certified as either. The wines are grown and vinified to naturally express the characteristics of the vintage and a place.

Represented by Brian O’Donnell & Jill O’Donnell

Belle Pente produced their first Pinot noir in 1996. The name means “beautiful slope” and was selected by owners Jill and Brian O’Donnell as a perfect description for their historic 70-acre farm in the Yamhill-Carlton District. It also reflects their commitment to making wines that capture the essence of each individual vineyard site. Their estate vineyard includes 12 acres of densely planted Pinot noir and is farmed using organic and biodynamic practices. Their Estate Reserve Pinot noir is a selection of individual barrels from the best sections of the vineyard, aged for at least 18 months in barrel, and bottled by gravity without fining or filtration.

Represented by Ben Casteel & Mimi Casteel

Gnarly old vines, geologically complex hillside soils, and direct impact from Æolian winds - all conspire to create highly energized wines with firm backbones, depth of character, and distinctive personalities. Nine different bottlings of estate grown Pinot noir and Chardonnay each year barely begin to tell the tale…Bethel Heights Vineyard was established in 1977 in the Eola-Amity Hills by twin brothers Ted and Terry Casteel and their partners Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb. Over thirty years they grew the estate vineyards to 100 acres, but the original 50 acres of own-rooted Pinot noir and Chardonnay vines they planted in the 70s continue to provide the backbone of Bethel Heights estate grown wines. In 2006, cousins Ben Casteel (son of Terry and Marilyn) and Mimi Casteel (daughter of Ted and Pat) took the helm at Bethel Heights. Tradition spiced with revolution is proving to be a recipe for ever-more-interesting wines.

Represented by Brian Marcy & Clare Carver

In 2006, Brian and Clare moved to Oregon from Napa, where Brian had been making wine for ten years. They bought property in the Willamette Valley, which is now big table farm. This Oregon adventure was inspired by their desire to grow grapes, make wine, and to have the space for all of Clare’s animals and Brian’s wacky projects. They named the farm and winery after the goal to provide a gracious and welcoming table, with a cornucopia of handcrafted food and wine. Now, almost ten years after they took the leap, Brian and Clare have developed the land into a working farm and have built a winery and barn. In Brian's words, "We feel lucky to live here and we are still in awe and deeply grateful for the chance to build this dream and share it with you!"

Represented by Stewart Boedecker & Athena Pappas

Boedecker Cellars is a husband-and-wife-owned-and-operated artisan producer of Pinot noir, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay. Since founding the label in 2003, the pair have consistently earned critical recognition for their elegant and subtle wines. Stewart—enologist, winemaker, and vineyard lead—began his wine education in New York at Cornell University, expanded it in northern California, and now has nearly two decades of experience making wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Athena serves as winemaker, cellar master, and general manager. Using traditional techniques involving small fermenters, indigenous yeasts, and extended élevage, Boedecker Cellars handcrafts Pinot noirs that reflect the unique terroirs of each vineyard and of the Willamette Valley.

Represented by Dave Coelho, Deolinda Coelho, Samuel Coelho & Bryn Coelho

Coelho Winery was established in 2004 by the husband and wife team of Dave and Deolinda Coelho, both second generation Portuguese-Americans. They are joined in business by their sons, David and Samuel Coelho. The Coelhos believe that great wine is made in the vineyard and they farm accordingly. The Coelho Vineyard uses sustainable viticulture practices for the utmost care and attention of the vines and the environment. They hand pick, hand sort, and only use native yeast fermentation to ensure their wines naturally reflect the beauty and uniqueness of the Willamette Valley. The Coelhos have incorporated ties to their Portuguese heritage into the winery and their wines. Each wine is designated by a Portuguese name, which reflects the varietal and the story of the harvest.

Represented by Scott Neal & Lisa Neal

In the dynamic foothills of the McMinnville AVA located in Oregon’s Coast Range, Lisa and Scott Neal started Coeur de Terre Vineyard with limited capital, a used tractor, and a vision of how they would develop the 50-acre estate property. Since 1998, their bootstrap philosophy including grafting their own vines, developing their own vineyard, and building their own winery has created a vibrant family business focused on producing wines that reflect the topographical and geological diversity from their now 100-acre estate. With a dedication to sustainable and organic practices, Lisa’s vineyard management and Scott’s style of winemaking coaxes out the unique differences of the individual blocks to produce wines true to the time and place from which they come. Lisa and Scott are incredibly grateful to be a part of the Oregon wine industry and to be able to raise their family in such a beautiful place.

Represented by Tyson Crowley & Emily Crowley

Crowley Wines was founded in 2005 by Tyson and Emily Crowley with a focus on pure, vintage-driven winemaking. Starting at the source, they favor older clones of Chardonnay and the classic Wadenswil and Pommard Pinot noir clones due to their late ripening nature and acid retention. They work with family owned vineyards and prefer cooler, high elevation sites. Their friends and growers are committed to non-irrigated and low impact farming. They are members of the Deep Roots Coalition and primary vineyard sources are LIVE certified or certified organic. In the winery the highest priority is to create the most direct evidence of both vintage and place while making elegant and exciting wines. This means (wine geek alert!) minimal acid additions, no extraction enzyme, employing native yeasts, extended aging in mostly neutral oak and minimal fining or filtration. They value purity of expression over stylized wines and hold essential the belief that they cannot improve on nature.

Represented by Dan Marca & Brian Denner

Within a year of their storybook meeting in 1995, Dan and Cindy (DANCIN) began researching wine and viticulture at University of California Davis. 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 northwest 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 with a sense of place. Planted to seven distinct clones, the vineyards are meticulously maintained through continual assessment during each and every facet of the growing season, making every effort to achieve vine balance. At the point of perfect ripeness, each cluster is hand harvested and sorted, first in the vineyard, and then twice more on the crush pad. Their limited production Pinot noirs are hand-crafted using minimalist, old world techniques that complement the practices in the vineyard.

Represented by David Millman, Arron Bell & Ashley Bell

Established in 1987, Domaine Drouhin Oregon is owned by the Drouhin family of Burgundy. Today, the winery sits on a 225-acre estate, with 124 acres under vine in the Dundee Hills. The Drouhin family also recently purchased Roserock, a beautiful vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Fourth-generation winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss has become internationally recognized for producing wines of distinction, balance and longevity. Philippe Drouhin, who oversees the family vineyards in Burgundy and Oregon, is equally well regarded for his viticulture skills. Domaine Drouhin Oregon’s vineyards and winery are both LIVE certified sustainable, and the property maintains one of the largest solar panel arrays of any Oregon winery. The family’s principled approach to viticulture and winemaking, and long experience with Pinot noir and Chardonnay, have earned an international reputation for consistent excellence.

Represented by Adam Campbell & Shirley Brooks

Elk Cove Vineyards produces wines from outstanding vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. Through site selection and meticulous vine management, they achieve concentration and depth of flavor in the vineyard. At their winery they employ gravity flow and gentle handling to protect the inherent qualities of their estate-grown fruit. Their focus is on Willamette Valley Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, and Riesling. Elk Cove Vineyards is a second-generation family winery that has produced single vineyard Pinot noirs since 1979. Five Mountain, Mt. Richmond, Windhill, La Bohème, and Roosevelt Vineyard Pinot noirs all have been selected for specific site characteristics. Yields are kept to under two tons per acre for these special reserve bottlings. Find out for yourself why they say, "True quality is timeless."

Represented by Erin Nuccio

Founded in 1986 by Russ and Mary Raney, Evesham Wood has strived to produce balanced, terroir-driven wines for over 25 years. The estate vineyard, Le Puits Sec, has been farmed organically for nearly 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 Raneys 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.

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, Chardonnay, and related varieties in the Willamette Valley, and the first planting of Pinot gris in the new world. In 1966, the search was over, and 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.

Represented by Marcus Goodfellow & Gaironn Poole

Goodfellow Family Cellars are partners Marcus Goodfellow, Gaironn Poole, and Fletcher Goodfellow. Working with old vine, dry farmed vines in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley, they are crafting wines that strive for elegance, purity, and the crystalline expression of site unique to great Pinot noir.

Represented by John Grochau & Kerri Kelvin

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.

Represented by Kelley Fox

Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery producing Pinot noir from self-rooted, dry-farmed, old vines of the historic Maresh Vineyard in the Dundee Hills, and the Demeter-certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard in the McMinnville foothills since 2007. Kelley Fox has been a full-time, on-the-floor winemaker for over fifteen years. Most of the canopy work in her blocks at Maresh she does personally and in solitude, including the biodynamic sprays. The wines are touched only by Kelley, but they are not a personal expression. No stylistic intentions are imposed. They are silent, living songs of these beautiful farms. Ovid wrote in his "Metamorphoses" that we have entered the Age of Iron, "that hard age of baser vein" (I. line 128), but farms like Maresh and Momtazi are tended with such deep respect for nature that they feel more like the previous Ages of Silver or Bronze.

Represented by Eric Lemelson & Matt Wengal

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 156 acres at seven sites in three AVAs (Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills, and Chehalem Mountains) in Yamhill County, 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. Lemelson Vineyards crafts age worthy Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot gris using wild yeasts, long, patient elevage, and gentle processing. Their goal is to produce distinctive wines that speak clearly of their origins.

LOVE & SQUALOR (McMinnville, OR)
Represented by Matt Berson & Angie Reat

Matt Berson of Love & Squalor began his adventures in winemaking in 2003 when he was rescued from an illustrious restaurant career by a band of marauding Oregon vintners. He was first taught the rudiments and joys of winemaking by Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars. Additionally, he has scurried in the cellars of Jimi Brooks & Chris Williams (Brooks), Jay Somers (J. Christopher), Larry McKenna (Escarpment, NZ), and Erni Loosen (Dr. Loosen). Matt launched the label in 2006 while he served as assistant winemaker for Tad Seestedt at Ransom Wines. Love & Squalor focuses on Pinot noir and Riesling sourced from northern Willamette Valley vineyards. These wines are un-manipulated and honest. Matt currently practices his craft in a shared winery in McMinnville. He lives in Portland in an old house filled with curly girls, including his wife and partner in crime, Angie Reat.

Represented by Byron Dooley & Dana Dooley

In 2001, Byron traded in his high tech life for mud boots and a wine glass and 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. During the 2015 IPNC, Byron looks forward to sharing his passion for this remarkable grape with you.

LUMOS WINE CO. (Philomath, OR)
Represented by Dai Crisp & Julia Cattrall

The Lumos Wine Co., launched in 2000 by Dai Crisp and his wife and business partner, PK McCoy, is a small operation at just 3,000 cases per year. With the help of his dauntless crew, Dai grows all of the fruit that goes into the Lumos wines on three certified organic vineyards. The Pinot noir, Pinot gris, rosé, and Gewürztraminer come from Temperance Hill Vineyard, Wren Vineyard, and Logsdon Ridge Vineyard. Dai and Julia, close collaborators in the winery, work together to carefully craft the wines with minimal intervention so that each clearly expresses the vintage both in terms of weather and earthly origin. The wines are organic and salmon safe certified.

Represented by Rudy Marchesi & Ben Thomas

Planted in 1982, Montinore Estate is home to 230 acres of certified biodynamic vineyards, and a winery and tasting room. Montinore is the project of owner Rudy, his youngest daughter, general manager Kristin Marchesi, winemakers Stephen Webber and Ben Thomas, vineyard manager Efren Rosales and staff. Rudy Marchesi took over operations from the founding family in 2005 after over 25 years in the wine industry and managing Montinore for several years. Since then Rudy and his team have worked together to produce wines that have both elegance and complexity. This is achieved through both careful vineyard management and close attention to detail in the winery. Employing biodynamic farming practices in the vineyards produces grapes with rich character. Thoughtful teamwork, native yeasts, and a true love of the craft in the winery transforms what the vineyards have to offer into our unique and flavorful wines. Producing Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Müller-Thurgau from estate vineyards, Montinore creates wines true to their varietal and Montinore's special place in the northern Willamette Valley.

Represented by Lynn Penner-Ash & Ron Penner-Ash

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.

Represented by Luisa Ponzi & Maria Ponzi

Thriving for more than two decades under second-generation ownership and operation, Ponzi Vineyards maintains an unwavering commitment to producing cool-climate wines of distinction. Founded in 1970, the pioneering winery continues to set the standard for New World Pinot noir. One of America’s first women to be formally educated in Burgundy, winemaker Luisa Ponzi carefully blends formal training with her lifelong experience working alongside her father and winery founder, Dick Ponzi, to craft wines of complexity and depth. Ponzi Vineyards’ state-of-the-art winemaking facility and 130 acres of vineyards are certified sustainable, recognizing the winery’s commitment to environmental responsibility in the vineyard and in the cellar.

Represented by Rollin Soles & Corby Soles

Rollin Soles has been producing distinctly defined wines and garnering high praise and fond attention from wine critics and enthusiasts for more than 27 years. He recently was named “one of the top 20 most admired winemakers in North America.” ROCO Winery, Soles' newest venture, started with his wife, Corby, in 2002, already has distinguished itself as an outstanding Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay producer. Soles’ wines display the expertise of making wine in Australia, California, Switzerland, and Washington as a young man before he co-founded Argyle winery in 1987. His ROCO wines are a definitive statement of their specific terroirs, meticulous farming, and winemaking practices.

Represented by Brian Sypher & James Cahill

Tony Soter, who gained recognition as founder of Etude Wines and consultant to such luminaries as Araujo, Shafer, Spottswoode, and Dalle Valle was a veteran of over 21 harvests in the Napa Valley by 1997. He brings to Soter Vineyards the experience of more than 30 years in the vineyard and in the cellar, the erudition and attention to detail reflected in countless wines, and most importantly, the desire to make exceptional, estate-grown wines on his own terms. Now settled in the Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton District, Tony and his family invite you to experience their Mineral Springs Ranch, a place they regard as a haven for raising world-class Oregon Pinot noir and sparkling wines.

Represented by Merrilee Buchanan Benson & Brian Benson

Tyee Wine Cellars is located on the scenic Buchanan Family Century Farm founded over 125 years ago in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Five family generations have revered the farm's open spaces, woodlands, wetlands, and streams while growing crops in a sustainable manner. Merrilee Buchanan Benson, Tyee's winemaker and vineyard manager, grew up with the vines and winery. The Buchanan family first planted winegrapes in 1974 and started Tyee Wine Cellars in 1985. Tyee Wine Cellars remains a small family operation with much personal attention given to the vines and winemaking. In addition to tasting Tyee Estate Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, and Gewürztraminer, visitors to Tyee enjoy seeing beautiful, historic farmland and Willamette Valley native plants and animals. Tyee's Estate Vineyard is certified salmon-safe and farmed using organic compost and cover crops.

Represented by Matt Driscoll & Jean Driscoll

WildAire was founded with love in 2005 by Matt and Jean Driscoll after years of immersing themselves in the Willamette Valley wine scene. They started the journey twenty years ago by a chance visit to Oregon to attend a friend’s wedding and their destiny was sealed. After getting married in 2000, they moved 3000 miles from Virginia to learn all aspects of the wine business in Oregon. They spent their time in the Willamette Valley studying winemaking, farming, and marketing Pinot noir at the Northwest Viticulture Center and working with some of Oregon’s top winemakers. Matt has 14 vintages of winemaking experience and oversees the production for WildAire, while Jean focuses on the sales, marketing, and financial side of the business. Their vision is to create elegant wines with love and passion that are acid-driven and food-friendly, using fruit grown from some of Oregon’s greatest vineyard sites. In addition to their “Reserve” and single vineyard Pinot noir, WildAire produces Chardonnay, Riesling, Tempranillo, and Syrah.

Represented by Bernard Lacroute & Thibaud Mandet

WillaKenzie Estate is the longtime dream of founder Bernard Lacroute. After a successful career in the tech industry, he decided to return to his Burgundian roots and grow Pinot noir. He knew the goal would be to always make wines dedicated to the highest expression of terroir. To honor this idea, he named the winery after the Willakenzie soil on which the vineyards are planted. Construction of the state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery was completed in 1995, just in time for the first harvest. After nearly two decades, WillaKenzie has remained true to its founding principles, dedicated to sustainable and organic farming practices with the goal of making wines that reflect the distinctive character of the land as well as extensive clonal diversity. With respect for French tradition and a nod to American innovation, WillaKenzie wines will be enjoyed for decades to come.

Represented by Don Crank & Bill Fuller

Founder Jim Bernau purchased the estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot gris. In the beginning, he watered the vines by hand with thousands of feet of hose. Numerous classes at University of California Davis, and seminars from here to France, sharpened Jim’s viticultural skills. In 1989, he was ready to build his dream—a world class winery in the Willamette Valley—and make cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot noir, in sufficient quantities to be served and sold in the best restaurants and bottle shops in the world. A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards 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 Magazine. Jim believes that "Pinot noir made with consideration for the environment, employees and community simply tastes better."

Represented by Trey Fletcher & Chris Hammell

Bien Nacido Estate is the winery of the acclaimed Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley. After 40 years of growing and selling premium grapes to some of the finest producers in California, Bien Nacido now offers their own expression of the estate vineyards. Winemaker Trey Fletcher produces terroir-driven Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Syrah that communicate the unique characters of these remarkable sites. The terroir of Bien Nacido is a combination of shale-limestone soils, ocean breeze, and southwest exposure. Solomon Hills is the closest vineyard to the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Maria Valley with soils that are composed primarily of ocean-derived sandy loams. The wines made from these special places are elegant, age-worthy, and deeply pleasurable.

CARTOGRAPH (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Alan Baker & Serena Lourie

A long-time public radio producer from Minnesota, co-owner and winemaker Alan Baker moved to California in 2005 to chronicle his love of wine with “Ratcasts from the Cellar Rat,” a series of NPR-sponsored podcasts that captured the lives of Sonoma County winemakers. In 2006, using a web-based winemaking community developed by urban winery Crushpad, Alan invited listeners to join him in a winemaking project that was the world’s first collaborative commercial winemaking project facilitated by social media. While working at Crushpad, Alan met Serena Lourie, who shared Baker’s devotion to making Pinot noir and his interest in technology and social media. In 2009, they moved to Healdsburg and founded Cartograph. Cartograph specializes in cool climate Pinot noir and Alsace-styled white wines. From the foggy Russian River Valley to the rugged mountaintop farming of the Mendocino Ridge AVA, Cartograph wines all start with outstanding fruit from truly unique vineyards.

Represented by Eric Johannsen & Sam Jamison

Since its founding in 2010, Champ de Rêves has become one of the premier producers of high-altitude Pinot noir in California’s Anderson Valley. The beautiful estate vineyard sits perched on the hills at 1,400-2,000 feet in elevation, high above the valley floor. The 150-acre vineyard site includes a patchwork of small blocks of low-yielding Pinot noir vines. This is the inspiration for Champ de Rêves, which translates to “Field of Dreams.” The winery is intent on creating wines that are an authentic expression of the rugged region, striving to capture the wild spirit of the Anderson Valley in each bottle.

Represented by Greg Urmini

Farm life instills in one a deep sense of respect for family, a love of land and the joys of collaborative effort. Growing up on a working farm in upstate New York, Paul Hobbs experienced first-hand the influence of terroir on the character of fruit, when his father had him taste apples of the same variety grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another. CrossBarn is Paul Hobbs’s innovative winery dedicated to crafting wines of stunning quality and exceptional value, using traditional winemaking and sustainable farming methods. These sophisticated yet approachable wines focus on appellation expression: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley and Sonoma County, Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and rosé from the cool Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley AVAs, and Sauvignon blanc from Sonoma Valley.

DAVIS BYNUM (Healdsburg, CA)
Represented by Greg Morthole & Rachel Voorhees

Originally distinguished as the first winery on Westside Road in Healdsburg, California, Davis Bynum was first to produce a single-vineyard Pinot noir from the Russian River Valley. The vintage was 1973 and the grapes were from Joe Rochioli's now prized vineyard. Today, more than forty years later, the heritage of Davis Bynum lives on through the handcrafted creation of single-vineyard wines grown exclusively in the Russian River Valley.

Represented by Sashi Moorman & Rajat Parr

Domaine de la Côte is a collection of six vineyards planted over 40 acres on the furthest western edge of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. The Domaine was purchased by Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman, along with their partner, at the beginning of 2013. Sashi Moorman discovered the site and developed the vineyards with Chris King in 2007. Although the domaine spans a mere 40 acres, the diversity of its climats is staggering: each vineyard has a unique geology, aspect, elevation, and microclimate. Such distinct expression of site, or terroir, in such close proximity, is unparalleled in California. The domaine organically farms its vineyards and makes its wines with the philosophy of “add nothing; take nothing away.”

FEL WINES (Yountville, CA)
Represented by Ryan Hodgins

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 from the estate Savoy Vineyard. The letters in FEL represent Florence Elsie Lede, proprietor Cliff Lede’s mother, a home winemaker who provided the early inspiration for Lede’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.

Represented by Nancy Bailey & Theresa Heredia

A 30-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. Their legacy, producing Burgundian-styled, varietally expressive, site-specific Pinot noir and Chardonnay, is being expertly tended by winemaker Theresa Heredia, who works closely with the growers to showcase the exceptional fruit from their vineyards. A specialist in cool-climate Pinot noir and Chardonnay, 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.

Represented by Michael Fay & Michael Accurso

Goldeneye began making acclaimed Pinot noir from its estate winery in the Anderson Valley in 1996. Blending grapes from four estate vineyards, Goldeneye is dedicated to crafting wines of refinement and elegance from a rich palette of fruit. Reflecting the Mendocino Coast’s unique marine influences, sites and soils, these grapes create complex, elegant Pinots. To further enhance natural depth and distinctiveness, only a small percentage of the finest fruit is selected for each vintage, before applying small-lot, artisan winemaking techniques.

Represented by Jason Jardine

In 1953, Ambassador James Zellerbach founded Hanzell Vineyards on a 200-acre estate perched in the hills high above the town of Sonoma. That original vineyard block is now the oldest producing Pinot noir vineyard in the New World. The winery’s vineyards are planted on the rocky, sometimes steep slopes that surround the winery. Owned by the de Brye family since 1975, today the winery produces just 6000 cases a year of estate bottled Chardonnay and Pinot noir and has been. The focus and hallmark of their wines is their structure and ability to age in the tradition of Grand Cru Burgundy.

Represented by Scott Anderson, Emile Eliason, & Lon Gallagher

Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery began as a producer of critically-acclaimed sparkling wines like their J Vintage Brut, J Late-Disgorged Vintage Brut, Brut Rosé, and Cuvée 20 Brut. However, Judy, always curious and innovating, came to the realization that her vineyards also would be ideal for producing site-specific, cool-climate Russian River Valley varietal wines like Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot gris. Today she continues to build on their 27-year legacy of excellence to bring you both award-winning sparkling wines as well as highly-lauded varietal wines.

Represented by Lorna Kreutz & Ryan Aura

Founded in 1996 by Bill Foley, Lincourt produces benchmark, luxury and ultra-premium wines from Santa Barbara County. With vineyards in the cool Santa Maria Valley and the warmer Santa Ynez Valley, Lincourt is one of those rare wineries capable of producing world-class bottlings from both Bordeaux and Burgundian varieties. Sustainable farming techniques, block harvesting, small-lot vinifications and an intelligent blend of traditional and modern winemaking methods have elevated Lincourt to the upper echelon of Santa Barbara wineries.

Represented by Justin Willett & Erik Mallea

Tyler Winery, located at the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills, produces small lots of Pinot noir and Chardonnay from the cool climate vineyards of the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley. Founded by Santa Barbara native Justin Willett in 2005, the goal always has been to convey the uniqueness and pedigree of Santa Barbara County’s climate and soils through Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Working with some of the area’s best vineyards and oldest vines, Tyler focuses on meticulous sustainable farming, minimal handling of the fruit and wine in the cellar, and reliance on traditional winemaking techniques to best express the power and class of this place.

Represented by Megan Gunderson & Alison Frichtl

WALT is dedicated to producing top-quality single-vineyard and appellation wines that are intricate, integrated, and true to the terroir of the vineyards and regions of their origins. The wines are crafted with not only tremendous care for individual expression, but also with a good balance of acidity, tannins, and fruit. Winemaker Megan Gunderson takes an active role in managing the vineyard blocks, working to ensure the highest quality fruit. In the cellar, she employs “Old World” style winemaking techniques with a minimum of intervention, allowing the wines to be reflective of the vineyards.

Represented by Cleo Pahlmeyer & Jamie Watson

Inheriting her father’s vision and verve, Cleo Pahlmeyer is the new generation of Pahlmeyer and Wayfarer winemaking. When it came time to realize Wayfarer’s own label, it was obvious who would bring the energy and expertise needed. Returning to the family winery after working in the international art world, Cleo has worked closely with her father, Jayson Pahlmeyer, since 2008 to learn every aspect of the family business. Cleo has taken on Wayfarer as her own, sharing the passion, introducing the wines, and telling the story. “Wayfarer is a very special place for me personally. It has a soul that can only be felt by breathing in its air, walking on its soil, feeling its warmth. Now, we can begin to share this extraordinary vineyard through our Wayfarer wines.”

Represented by Marlize Beyers & Harald Thiel

Hidden Bench is an estate winery situated in the heart of the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation of Niagara, Ontario. Since its establishment in 2003, this artisanal winery has established an on-going reputation for excellence. Driven by its mantra “Terroir, Technology, Sustainability, and Passion,” Hidden Bench farms its low yield, organically certified vineyards with a pervasive attention to detail, employs geothermal technology for its winemaking process, and generates its own electricity through solar panels. Hidden Bench’s raison d’être is the ancient limestone-rich glacial moraine soils of the Beamsville Bench, which permit the Hidden Bench team to craft complex, terroir-driven Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. The unique climatic conditions and soils continually inspire the winemaking team to use traditional, gentle, and minimal intervention techniques to produce both estate blends and single-vineyard wines which are truly reflective of their unique terroir.

MEYER FAMILY VINEYARDS (Okanagan Falls, British Columbia)
Represented by Jak Meyer & Janice Stevens-Meyer

After a decision to change careers and enter the wine world, Jak and Janice Meyer spent three years searching for the perfect vineyard site in the Okanagan Valley. In 2006, they purchased a small 1.62-hectare vineyard in Naramata, British Columbia and in late 2008 they purchased a 6.9-hectare property in Okanagan Falls. They hired the best winemaker and viticulturist, Chris Carson. In traditional Burgundian style, Meyer Family Vineyards focuses on small case lots of Chardonnay and Pinot noir expressive of their unique place of origin. They harvest and craft their wines with great attention to detail, producing fewer than 6000 cases from mature 18-to-20-year-old vines.