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Ownership and Benefits

Founder Jim Bernau believes among the healthiest forms of business are those owned by the community. Thus, Willamette Valley Vineyards became the first community-funded business in the nation by obtaining permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission, resulting in a growing fabric of laws allowing community-based funding for small businesses. Jim's vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to make world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in more than 27,000 owners. The winery's Common (WVVI) and Preferred (WVVIP) are traded on the NASDAQ. 


Benefits of Preferred Stock Ownership

  • Ability to take your annual 4.53% dividend as a wine credit with 15% more value (when taken in place of a dividend) and use it at any of our locations and in our online wine shop to purchase wine, food pairings and merchandise, as well as for room rentals, winery suite stays and admission to events. These credits never expire.
  • Discount of 25% off wine bottle purchases.
  • One complimentary educational wine flight for you and up to three guests (once per month, by reservation at the Willamette location of your choice).
  • Discounted or complimentary admission to special events and experiences like VIP winery tours and blending experiences.
  • Personalized assistance from a knowledgeable Winery Ambassador with wine purchases and experiences.
  • Priority to purchase limited-production wines, new releases and wines with personalized labels.
  • Invitations to Owner-exclusive events and new location openings, including our Annual Owners’ Weekend (shown above).
  • Regular email updates on winery developments.
  • Opportunities to volunteer and increase your wine knowledge through the non-profit Oregon Wine Enthusiasts or support storytelling efforts as a Brand Ambassador.
  • Personalized winery cards upon request; the initial set is complimentary.
To claim Ownership status at Willamette Valley Vineyards, you must be the current shareholder of at least 300 shares of Preferred (WVVIP) or Common Stock (WVVI). To ensure that you are marked as an Owner in our system, in order to claim your Owner discount and other benefits, please call, email or visit the winery to verify your status as an Owner. We reserve the right to verify Owner status at any point in time for the continuation of Owner benefits.
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Winery Highlights

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America’s Community-Funded Winery
Founder Jim Bernau believes among the healthiest forms of business are those owned by the community. Jim’s vision of organizing the support of wine enthusiasts to make world-class wines through shared ownership has resulted in more than 27,000 owners.

Willamette Valley Vineyards became the first SEC authorized community-funded business in the U.S. through the first successful Regulation A self-underwritten public offering in 1989. The winery has grown with the support of wine enthusiasts through Preferred Stock Ownership (NASDAQ: WVVIP) funding new vineyards, wineries and experiences.

Oregon’s Leading Producer of Willamette Valley Appellated Pinot Noir
The winery sources all of its barrel-aged Pinot Noir from its estate-grown vineyards and meticulously farms nearly 500 acres in the hills of the valley.

Stewardship of the Land
Since the winery’s founding in 1983, stewardship of the land has been the key principle in our winemaking and farming practices. The estate vineyards are certified sustainable through LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon-Safe. In addition, Willamette Valley Vineyards was the first winery in the world to use cork certified through Preferred by Nature™ to Forest Stewardship Council standards and use an autonomous UV-C Light Robot to sustainably prevent powdery mildew in the vineyards. Learn More.


Tasting Room & Restaurants

Images of the Lake Oswego Tasting Room & Restaurant (Left) and the Vancouver Tasting Room & Restaurant (right)

Our Owners are helping us bring the Oregon wine country experience into some of the Northwest's most exciting areas with our new Tasting Room & Restaurants. Enjoy our classic Oregon wines at these locations paired with Cascadian cuisine grounded in the high-quality agricultural products of the Pacific Northwest. 

Lake Oswego (first image above)
Located off Highway 43 in downtown Lake Oswego, this Winery Restaurant features food and wine pairings, wine lockers, a beautiful trellis patio with an outdoor fire pit, a private dining room and ample parking.

Vancouver Waterfront (second image above)
Featuring incredible views of the Columbia River, this new wine tasting destination features 7 Washington wineries and we are excited to be the first from Oregon. Our Tasting Room & Restaurant includes barrel booth seating, gathering space on our Mezzanine and spacious patio seating overlooking the river. 

Happy Valley
As we join the flourishing town of Happy Valley just outside of Portland, our Tasting Room & Restaurant will feature indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a large outdoor patio and a water feature.

Located in historic downtown Bend, our newly opened Tasting Room & Restaurant brings wine country to this destination community that loves all things craft.


Domaine Willamette
at Bernau Estate Vineyard in the Dundee Hills

Image of the water feature at Domaine Willamette located at Bernau Estate Vineyards

Guests toasting sparkling wine at Domaine Willamette

A bottle of Domaine Willamette's sparkling wine

Domaine Willamette is Oregon’s first sparkling wine facility that produces world-class méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines with an underground aging cellar at the biodynamically-farmed Bernau Estate Vineyard. The winery will offer Oregon-inspired hospitality with wine and food pairings, stunning views, educational tours and beautiful gardens overlooking the Dundee Hills.  


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Willamette Wineworks

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Outside the Willamette Wineworks building on a clear day

group gathered around the fireplace with wine at Willamette Wineworks

Willamette Wineworks®, a microwinery located in the Roundhouse building in revitalized Historic Folsom, California features food and wine pairings and a unique Barrel Blending System allowing you to create your own wine blends. Founder Jim Bernau’s family in Folsom has brought this idea to life and enabled us to take the Oregon wine story on the road. 

Folsom’s winemaking history dates back to the mid-1800s with the planting of Natoma Vineyard. In the early 1900s, this vineyard boasted 2,000 acres as one of the largest vineyards in the nation, but when gold was discovered on the property, the vines were replaced with dredgers. Join our dream to reestablish Natoma as a celebrated wine brand in California.

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Maison Bleue in Walla Walla

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Vines in The Rocks AVA in Walla Walla

Two women in the tasting room enjoying wine

Maison Bleue wines are grown on our 36-acre vineyard in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA. Plantings include 15 acres of Syrah, Grenache and Viognier to produce our Maison Bleue wines. Maison Bleue is dedicated to the production of terroir-driven wines from The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater with a focus on Rhône varietals. The vineyard sits along Highway 11 and Sunnyside Road, the entrance to the appellation. It is also on the direct path to Pambrun Vineyard, which sits in the SeVein on the north slope high above The Rocks District.  

Wines may be purchased online or in the Walla Walla Tasting Room located at 20 N. 2nd Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362. 

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Pambrun in Walla Walla

Drone shot of the hillside vineyards in Walla Walla with blue skys in the background

Bottle of Pambrun wine next to a glass of Merlot

Pambrun vineyard from above at harvest

Pambrun wines are grown on our 19-acre vineyard planted alongside those Cabernet Sauvignon visionaries at SeVein. Located on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley, SeVein is a collection of some of the highest quality vineyard land in the world anchored by the renowned Seven Hills Vineyard. Named in honor of Pierre Pambrun, Walla Walla’s first citizen who led the Hudson’s Bay trading post and was Founder Jim Bernau's fourth great-grandfather. In April 2018, we released the inaugural 2015 vintages of Pambrun Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chrysologue (a red blend).

Wines may be purchased online or in the Walla Walla Tasting Room located at 20 N. 2nd Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

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Elton in the Eola-Amity Hills

Elton vineyard shown from a drone with lush green vineyards

Shot of Elton Pinot Noir with full glass of wine in the garden

An illustration of Betty O'Brien's garden

Dick and Betty O’Brien planted Elton Vineyard in 1983 and spent their lives growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Eola Hills south of Dundee. It was named one of Oregon’s top ten vineyards by Wine Press Northwest and in Wine & Spirits as one of the five key vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. They have enjoyed providing their winegrapes to some of Oregon's most talented winemakers over the years, including Isabelle Meunier. Between Isabelle's first Oregon vintage in 2007 through the 2015 vintage, only 22 Oregon wines were awarded a score of 95 points or more by Wine Spectator. Isabelle produced 11 of those wines. Associate Winemaker Gabi Prefontaine has worked alongside Isabelle to now lead the Elton wines. 

Elton focuses on small lots of premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay starting with the 2015 vintage. Wines may be purchased online or by attending a signature event, like the annual Garden Party held in the O'Brien Garden. 

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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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