In the winter of 1965, 25/yr old David Lett moved to Oregon “with 3,000 grape cuttings and a theory”. It was the first planting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and related varieties in the Willamette Valley, and the first Pinot Gris in America. Shortly after, Eyrie Vineyards’ 1975 Pinot Noir received international attention and put Oregon’s wine country on the map as a region for growing some of the best Pinot Noir in the world.
Dedicated to sustainability and environmental responsibility, Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 and continues to set the standard for Oregon Wine Country as the home of New World Pinot Noir. Ponzi Vineyards’ award winning wines come from their state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and 120 acres of vineyards which are certified sustainable.
Adelsheim is one of Oregon’s founding wineries, known for crafting consistently transcendent wines. For decades wine experts at Adelsheim Vineyards believe the first step is selecting the best quality fruit by “carefully monitoring the fruit for flavor and tannin development.” Now the Adelsheim family of vineyards includes eleven exceptional vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, totaling over 225 acres.
Erath Winery is dedicated to producing the best time-honored, authentic and unique Oregon Pinot Noir. Their handcrafted wines are “fruit forward in style and reflect the Oregon vintage, soil and grapes.” Many discerning wine connoisseurs agree that “There is a place in Oregon wine country where EARTH and HEART intersect. It is called ERATH.”
Recommended lunch – Red Hills Market
Red Hills Market is the perfect stop to enjoy delicious food paired with amazing wines. Oregon owners Jody and Michelle are great at pairing fresh local flavors with delicious food and wine for guests to enjoy, so we recommend the Red Hills Market for a lunch as memorable as the wineries you’ll visit on your wine tour.