Willamette Valley Vineyards
Nov 20th, 2015
Willamette Valley Vineyards got its start in 1983 when founder Jim Bernau purchased the blackberry vine and plum orchard-filled land where the estate and vineyard now lives. Bernau spent the early days ripping everything out by hand to make room for his grapes. Once the land was cleared, he planted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The winery was officially established in 1989 after Jim had spent years taking classes at UC Davis and various seminars in the states and France.
It’s now been over 30 years that Willamette Valley Vineyards has been producing high quality, sustainable grown Pinot Noir as well as other varietals. The rich soil of the Willamette Valley serves Bernau well — the vineyard sits on top of an ancient volcanic flow, with red clay soil that is similar to that of the famous wine region of Burgundy, France.
To this day Jim Bernau tends to the vineyard by hand and believes we are rewarded with wines that taste better when made in small batches from naturally grown wine grapes. Bernau knows his wines are truly a collaborative effort of the entire vineyard and winemaking staff.
For more information on the Willamette Valley Vineyard tasting room and wine tour, check out their website.