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Willamette Valley Vineyards
September 12


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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. 

Join us September 12 for a grand tasting of Willamette Valley and Griffen Creek wines, paired with matched food bites from the Northwest Culinary Academy.
2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
2016 Willamette Valley Estate Chardonnay
2015 Willamette Valley Dijon Clone Chardonnay
2017 Willamette Valley Whole Cluster Rose of Pinot Noir
2016 Willamette Valley Founders Pinot Noir
2015 Elton Estate Pinot Noir
2014 Griffen Creek Syrah

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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 (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand watered the vines with seventeen lengths of 75' garden hose. 

Jim's vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to grow world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in more than 10,000 owners. The winery's Common (WVVI) and Preferred (WVVIP) are traded on the NASDAQ.  Willamette Valley Vineyards has collaboratively grown its estate vineyards through partnerships like the merger with Oregon wine industry pioneer, Bill Fuller of Tualatin Vineyards (established in 1973), the O'Briens for Elton Vineyard (established in 1983) and Loeza Vineyard (planted in 2015). The winery now sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot Noir from its estate-grown vineyards and meticulously farms nearly 500 acres in the valley. 

Our approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management and yield balance, and to achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. We practice environmentally sustainable farming and were part of the founding of the Low Input Viticulture and Enology Program (LIVE). We ferment and barrel each vineyard lot separately and display the best of these in our single vineyard designate bottlings.  Our stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth, richness of mouthfeel, and balance. The wines are truly a collaborative effort of the entire vineyard and winemaking staff.

Griffin Creek was born from a collaboration begun by Jim Bernau, CEO of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Joe Dobbes, who was Bernau's winemaker for a period of time, and Don and Traute Moore.  "It's a very deep collaborative relationship with Willamette Valley Vineyards," Moore said "We've been working with Willamette Valley Vineyards for more than 15 years. They have designated blocks that they get fruit from year after year." Since 1989 Griffin Creek has grown to 300 acres in 15 different vineyard sites. The conditions are ideal for what was envisioned as the style of Griffin Creek, wines made in the style of Rhone and Bordeaux.
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Reserve your spot by Saturday September 8 at [email protected]!


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To reserve space, please send email to:

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Be sure to list the name of each attendee and the event you wish to attend.

You can call Steve and Katherine Shelton at 360-696-4498 to make reservations.

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