Wine Spectator: Willamette Valley Vineyards Launches Venture Highlighting Oregon’s Great TerroirsMay 27, 2015
Some big names in Oregon wine are launching an ambitious project, hoping to draw attention to some of the state’s top vineyards. Oregon Estate Vineyards, established by Willamette Valley Vineyards founder Jim Bernau and wine director Christine Collier, aims to establish small estate wineries at highly regarded Oregon sites.
Their first effort will center on Elton Vineyard, a 60-acre site owned by Dick and Betty O’Brien in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills. Bernau’s company has farmed the site under a long-term lease since 2007. Isabelle Meunier, who left Evening Land Vineyards last year, will make Elton’s estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay starting this year. Wine Spectator has the full story.
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