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Ownership

 
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 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 16,000 owners. The winery's Common (WVVI) and Preferred (WVVIP) are traded on the NASDAQ. 

 
 


Benefits of Preferred Stock Ownership

As an Owner, we encourage you to take advantage of the many benefits of Ownership.
 
  • Discount of 25% of wine purchases.
  • Discounted admissions to special events at the winery.
  • Invitations to Owner-exclusive events.
  • Priority to purchase limited-production wines, new releases, discounted items and wines with personalized labels.
  • Regular email updates on winery developments including seeking Owner feedback and/or involvement.  
  • Personalized winery business cards; the initial set is complimentary upon request.
  • Complimentary VIP winery tours by appointment.
  • ​Opportunities to volunteer and increase your wine knowledge through the non-profit group, Oregon Wine Enthusiasts, or support storytelling efforts as an Off-Site Winery Ambassador.
     

Eligibility

To claim Ownership status at Willamette Valley Vineyards, you must be the current Owner of at least 100 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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Owners are a vital part of telling the Oregon wine story. Below are a few of the projects our Founding Owners have brought to fruition. 
 

Bernau Estate

Rendering of the Bernau Estate Tasting Room, Gardens and Pond

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, beautiful gardens and a wine cave for you to explore and enjoy. 

We anticipate opening in late 2020/early 2021.
 



Willamette Wineworks

Close-up of blending system with gold plaques

Outside the Willamette Wineworks building on a clear day

Pouring wine from the bar at Willamette Wineworks

Willamette Wineworks, a microwinery located in the new Roundhouse building in the revitalized Historic Folsom Station in Folsom, California features a food and wine pairings and a unique barrel blending system allowing guests to create their own signature wine blends. The Roundhouse is modeled after the original used to house train engines in the 1800s and joins the restored railroad turntable, amphitheater, free public parking garage and three future residential and retail buildings to make up the Historic Folsom Station, the city's vibrant living room for area residents and tourists. 

Founder 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. In addition, we have created a new local wine brand called Natoma. Folsom's winemaking history dates back to the mid 1800s with the planting of the celebrated Natoma Vineyard along the American River. In the early 1900s, Natoma Vineyard boasted 2,000 acres and was one of the largest vineyards in the state when gold was discovered on the property — and the vines were replaced with dredgers. Our dream is to reestablish Natoma by crafting local wines and celebrating its place in California wine history. 



Maison Bleue

We purchased 36 acres in the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA and have planted 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 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. 

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



Pambrun

We have planted our vineyard of 19 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 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.

In the near future, we look forward to building a winery and tasting room dedicated to our Walla Walla wines. 
 



Elton

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 Consulting Winemaker 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 Magazine. Isabelle produced 11 of those wines. Associate Winemaker Gabi Prefontaine has worked alongside Isabelle to now lead the Elton wines. 

Together we will build a boutique Tasting Room adjacent to Elton Vineyard. Elton focuses on small lots of premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay starting with the 2015 vintage. The Tasting Room will feature a stunning by-appointment-only tasting room with beautiful vineyard and garden views. Wines may be purchased online or by attending one of our events featuring our Elton wines each year like our annual Wine Release and Garden Party held in the O'Brien Garden. 

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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