We came to Oregon’s Willamette Valley to plant a vineyard and create a life for ourselves. A clear path to Oregon had been shown to us by a year spent in Burgundy, where we saw small domains run by families. Days are spent in the vineyard during most of the year, after all, that’s where the wines are truly made. The cellar is often under the house. Marketing happens when the winemaker steps out of the muddy vineyard to greet clients. Vine to bottle, the family does it all. We believe it is this complete experience that creates the most full and purposeful life and from that, the most honest, satisfying Pinot noir.
So we planted a vineyard in 1999 in the Ribbon Ridge appellation (in Yamhill County). It is small, only 4 acres, just about what one family can do by themselves. And we spend the year pruning, tending and finally harvesting and vinifying. Celebrating is, of course, an integral part of our lives too.
We make our wines at the Carlton Winemakers Studio. This state of the art facility is Read more »