Bill Stoller was born and raised near the family turkey farm in Yamhill County, Oregon. He received a degree in business and economics from Pacific University, located in nearby Forest Grove, and an MBA from Portland State University.
When Bill and Cathy Stoller purchased the vineyard property from a cousin in 1993, many considered it marginal farmland. But Bill recognized that the rocky, well-drained Jory soils, tight elevation band (300 to 650 feet) and southern aspect were ideal for growing wine grapes.
The Stollers were already involved in the wine world as co-owners of Chehalem. With the advice of Harry Peterson-Nedry (Chehalem co-owner), Patrice Rion (winemaker from Burgundy who has given us advice over the years), vineyard consultant Allen Holstein, and Joel Myers, they planted 10 acres each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Ever mindful of tradition, the Stollers took advantage of the experience of consulting viticulturists, yet adapted many newer vineyard techniques to maximize the fruit quality.
Outside of his involvement in the wine industry, Bill's main addiction is sports. Although the prospect of participating in triathlons and marathons doesn't hold the attraction for him it once did, he still runs the Hood to Coast relay every year and the Stoller 5k and half-marathon. He shoots hoops whenever possible with twin sons, Kyle and Kenny, and has played twice in the World Masters Basketball Competition.
Cathy Stoller -- wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. The Stoller family and winery team are deeply saddened by this loss, and thankful for the time they shared with her.
Cathy's world was her family and Express. The best way to honor her memory is to continue to work hard and "Love the One You're With". For those who would like to do more, we welcome a donation to the charity of your choice in honor of Cathy.