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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Oregon Solidarity


We've teamed up with King Estate Winery to help winegrowers in the Rogue Valley whose grape contracts were abruptly cancelled by the California producer of Elouan wines.

Silvan Ridge Winery and The Eyrie Vineyards also joined the effort by providing winemaking services to collaboratively make a Rogue Valley AVA labeled Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rosé of Pinot Noir called Oregon Solidarity.

The net sale proceeds from the wines will be donated to the Rogue Valley Vintners to help support vineyards in the region. 

Jim Bernau (Founder), Justin King (Co-Owner, King Estate), Christine Clair (Winery Director), Rep. Gary Leif, Senator Alan DeBoer, Rep. David Gomberg.Jim Bernau (Founder), Justin King (Co-Owner, King Estate), Christine Clair (Winery Director), Rep. Gary Leif, Senator Alan DeBoer, Rep. David Gomberg.

We have purchased as much stranded wine grapes as possible, paying the full contracted rates to help the growers. Independent laboratory analysis shows much of the crop is well below the threshold to be adversely affected by smoke. In total, the coalition was able to purchase more than 140 tons of grapes at a cost of $323,750 from six growers, coordinating harvest and delivery to the four participating wineries. 

Release Dates

The wines are currently fermenting in all of the wineries’ cellars until they will be brought together for blending. The release dates are as follows:

  • Oregon Solidarity Rosé of Pinot Noir: March 1, 2019
  • Oregon Solidarity Chardonnay: June 1, 2019
  • Oregon Solidarity Pinot Noir: August 1, 2019

We are proud to be part of this first-of-its-kind solidarity effort, working with our colleagues to save what grapes we could from this high-quality vintage. 

Thank you for your support of Oregon winegrowers!

Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir,
Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine


 

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