Founder, David Lett, began Eyrie Vineyards on a hunch and a dream. Destined for dentistry, David followed a different path after visiting a few California wineries while stationed in San Francisco for the Coast Guard. He was the first to plant Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in the Willamette Valley, becoming a benchmark to rival some of the best Burgundy.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards is a winery ahead of the curve in the Willamette Valley, being certified organic since the early '90s. Barbara Gross, co-owner and operator, sat down to speak with me about growing up on a Willamette vineyard, finding her place among the vines, and maintaining the spirit of the vineyard through the good times and the bad.
- "Well, we’re doing well, but Mother Nature has stopped sending us gentle hints. She’s really smacked us on the side of our heads to get our attention." Susan Sokol Blosser
- "In the end really great success is when you have the right variety in the right location, where it inherently wants to be magical. " Ken Wright
- It’s an amazing reminder of just how young the American wine industry is to note that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pinot Noir plantings in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
- Katherine Cole on a unique Oregon winery which makes "knock-you-out gorgeous" Pinot Noir. London is their second biggest market outside of Portland.