Located in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, they employ Certified-Sustainable farming practices to promote ecological balance in the vineyard, surrounding creeks and ultimately the wine. Mark and Pattie Bjornson met at the University of Minnesota and worked in the Twin Cities for 20 years before Mark’s job took them to Oregon. They cleared the land and planted their 18 acre vineyard themselves. Mark is lead vitaculturalist and grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. Pattie is the head winemaker and grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota. Pattie was named the Salmon-Safe “Hero of Salmon” 2016 for her dedication to sustainable and eco-friendly winemaking practices!
Founded in 1982 by Bob & Lelo Kerivan and son Rene Eichmann, they were the first people to plant commercial wine grapes in southern Oregon. Dedicated to crafting affordable, drinkable wines that exemplify Oregon Riesling. Today Rene is still the winemaker, and their grandsons each live on the property and manage the vineyards while learning winemaking hands-on with each vintage.
Chateau Bianca owner/winemaker, Andreas Wetzel, carries on a four-generation winemaking legacy started by his great-grandfather near Wurzburg, Germany (Bavaria). He owns and operates Wetzel Estate/Chateau Bianca in Dallas, Oregon in the southern Willamette Valley. There they Grow mainly Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris with small amounts of other specialty wines.
Chapter 24 Vineyards was named after the last chapter of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. This particular chapter was added long after Homer died. The Greeks continued the tale to satisfy themselves despite the author thinking he was finished after Chapter 23. The mark of a great ending is not what it says about the past, but rather what it promises for the future, and Chapter 23 clearly raised more questions than it answered. In this same spirit, the story of Chapter 24's wines continues well past the cellar door. Winemaking is just the beginning of the story. The wine may be finished but it is not the end.
Lady Hill Winery is the home-estate project of Northwest wine legend, Jerry Owen (formerly of Owen Roe), along with winemaker Dan Duryee. Lady Hill wines are crafted by individuals, not manufactured by processes; their pledge is to deliver delicious wines that are unique expressions of classic European varieties and blends sourced from Washington and Oregon’s finest vineyards.
Despite having a successful investment career, Andre Mack decided to leave his desk job to pursue his passion for wine. While working as a sommelier in San Antonio, Mack discovered the joys of introducing guests to the little known vineyards that first attracted him to the business and "the instant gratification of a guest's reaction." Being named "Best Young Sommelier in America" by the Chaine des Rotisseurs propelled him into the opportunity to work at The French Laundry in Yountville, CA and Per Se in New York City, where he consulted with Chef/Owner Thomas Keller developing the menu and wine pairing for their 1800 bottle list. Winemaking was always a dream of his and came to fruition in 2007 when he set up Mouton Noir, forged from unique relationships he cultivated with notable growers and winemakers around the world, along with his own graphic arts skills.
Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L’Envoyé traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago and Tasmania, we champion many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. This project has been a standout since our debut in 2011 including Wine & Spirits naming Maison L’Envoyé a ‘Winery To Watch’ in 2015.
We believe that 90% of winemaking takes place in the vineyard. Our holistic alternative to chemical use is growing a variety of medicinal and dynamic flowers and herbs that we make into compost teas. By steeping into teas, we’re able to harness the beneficial properties of each flower and herb and embody a “from nature to nature” philosophy. As such, our multiple compost piles and Biodynamic preparations are extremely important for our vineyards because the resulting humus is worked into our vineyard in order to achieve long-term soil and vine health. We believe that healthy soil and healthy vines will produce superior grapes without the need for extra minerals, chemicals or man-made poisons. Our quality shows in the loyalty of our grape buyers year after year and the award winning wines they produce with our estate fruit. The consistent high quality wines made from Momtazi Vineyards’ grapes lead us to believe that our dedication to both our terroir and Biodynamic farming practices are well worth the effort.
Named for our location on a ridge in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Raptor Ridge is a haven for our native raptors and winery guests. Founded by Scott Shull in 1995, Raptor Ridge combines his passion for farming and winemaking. Scott is a self-taught winemaker who strives to make complex wines that are interesting both to the palate and the mind. Annie Shull is the Director of National Sales and Marketing for Raptor Ridge. She grew up in Roseville, MN, her father taught school at St. Paul Central High. She is a graduate of the University of MN. Raptor Ridge makes wines from their Chahalem Mountain estate fruit but also works with some of the most sought-after vineyard parcels in the Willamette Valley to produce their award-winning wines. As visionary leaders for the Oregon wine community, Scott and Annie have served as board members of Oregon Pinot Noir Camp as well as founding directors of the Oregon Wine Board.
In 2003, Andrea and James Frey founded Trisaetum in one of the few places where climate, soil, and entrepreneurial spirit combine to produce some of the world's best wines. Today, the family-owned and operated winery in the heart of Oregon's Ribbon Ridge AVA produces small lots of acclaimed Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay from its three estate vineyards.