Willakenzie Estate’s life began in 1991 when founder Bernard Lacroute purchased a cattle ranch. This 420 acre ranch, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, was named after the Willakenzie soil that breathes life into their vines. In 2000, an additional 95 acres of land, this time in the Dundee Hills, was obtained, and it was named the Jory Hills vineyard after the Jory soil type.
In total, there are about 105 acres under vine at the original Yamhill location, with another 25 acres at the Jory Hills vineyard. Two thirds of the grapes planted at the original vineyard are Pinot Noir, while the remainder is other Pinot grapes, along with Chardonnay.
Willakenzie’s winery was built in 1995, right as their first harvest was coming to a close. Today, about 20,000 cases of wine are produced annually, thanks to the hard work of winemaker Thibaud Mandet.
Best Wine Deals
Love-Love: English Wine Featured For First Time at WimbledonCommented
Cuvee Azan (2013)Reviewed
Santa Rita Organic Reserva Carmenere (2010)Reviewed
Silvan Ridge Early Muscat Semi-Sparkling (2013)Wishlisted
Txakoli Txomin Etxaniz (2014)Wishlisted
Ameztoi Rubentis Txakoli Rose (2014)Wishlisted
Where Is Wine Your Friend? Ask Uncle Sam.Commented
Whatcha drinking tonight?Replied