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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Ownership

Founder Jim Bernau believes among healthiest forms of business organization are those owned by the community. Thus, Willamette Valley Vineyards became the first community-funded winery 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 9,000 owners. The winery's Common (WVVI) and Preferred (WVVIP) are traded on the NASDAQ. Owners receive invitations to exclusive winery celebrations, annual dividends, savings on wine and are a vital part of telling the Oregon wine story. Below are a few of the projects our Founding Owners have brought to fruition.
 
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Willamette Wineworks
Folsom, California

We are embarking on a new project to build Willamette Wineworks - coming soon to Folsom, California. Willamette Wineworks will feature food and wine pairings and a unique hands-on blending experience from barrel for you to learn and enjoy. We will be joining Scott’s Seafood in the new Roundhouse building in the revitalized Historic Folsom Station. The Roundhouse is modeled after the original used to house train engines in the 1800s and will join the restored railroad turntable, amphitheater, free public parking garage and additional three buildings to make up the Historic Folsom Station, the city’s vibrant living room for area residents, guests and tourists.

Jim Bernau's family connection to the area, and the vision for the historic district has brought this idea to life and allows us to take our Oregon wine story on the road to share with local wine enthusiasts. A Grand Opening Celebration will occur Fall, 2018. 

 


 

Bernau Estate

Bernau Estate and Vineyard, located near Dundee in the heart of Oregon wine country, will make méthode champenoise sparkling wines from biodynamically-grown grapes. We will use sustainable farming practices to create a balanced ecosystem that generates healthy soil and elegant wines. The winery will offer Oregon-inspired hospitality, with gardens and a wine cave for you to explore and enjoy. 

Bernau Estate Groundbreaking Celebration
More than 600 Owners joined us for the Groundbreaking of Bernau Estate Winery on Sunday, September 17th. Owners raised their shovels for a photo commemorating the historic moment and together we harvested the first vintage of Pinot Noir.  

 


 

Elton

Together we will build a winery adjacent to Elton Vineyard. Dick and Betty O’Brien planted the 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 our Consulting Winemaker Isabelle Meunier. Between Isabelle's first Oregon vintage in 2007 through 2015, 22 wines from Oregon were awarded a score of 95 and above, by Wine Spectator Magazine, citing them as "Classic." Isabelle produced 11 of those wines, including the highest-rated Oregon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ever. The Elton winery will focus on small lots of premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay starting with the 2015 vintage. The boutique winery will feature a stunning by-appointment-only tasting room with beautiful vineyard views.
 

More than 500 new Owners joined together in September 2015 for the groundbreaking of Elton Winery and historic planting of Pinot Noir vines.

Pictured from left to right: Consulting Winemaker, Isabelle Meunier; Winery Director, Christine Collier; Willamette Valley Vineyards Founder, Jim Bernau; Project & Staff Development Manager, Jan Bernau; and Elton Vineyard Founders, Dick & Betty O'Brien.


 

Pambrun

We have planted our vineyard of 15 acres 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 there and Founder, Jim Bernau's fifth grandfather. The wines will be made by Consulting Winemaker, Jon Meuret of Maison Bleue Winery, who has produced some of the highest scoring Walla Walla wines. Pambrun will focus on ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon wines, starting with the 2015 vintage which is currently aging in the barrel. Together we will build a by-appointment-only tasting room, designed by Architect Joe Chauncey of Boxwood, to feature vineyard views overlooking the Walla Walla Valley and Blue Mountains.

More than 300 Owners brought their shovels to the Walla Walla Valley in May 2016 to plant Cabernet Sauvignon vines and celebrate the ground breaking for our new vineyard and winery called Pambrun.

Consulting Winemaker Jon Meuret and Winery Director Christine Collier harvest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Seven Hills Vineyard for first vintage of Pambrun. The Pambrun Vineyard was planted in the Spring of 2016.

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