History of the Farm
For Bill Stoller, purchasing the family property brought his connection to our estate full circle. With experience working the family farm in his youth and serving as a partner at our sister winery Chehalem, Bill understood that our sloped, rocky terrain with its low-yielding soil, would be ideally suited for a world-class vineyard.
Our farm has been in the Stoller family since 1943 when Bill’s father and uncle purchased the land to raise turkeys. Throughout the next five decades, the farm grew from a small family operation into one of Oregon’s largest with nearly 700,000 free-range turkeys at its peak. When the family farm ceased its operations in 1993, Bill seized the opportunity and acquired the land with the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for our land and Oregon wine industry.
A Land Made for Wine
Bill’s vision to transform the family farm into a vineyard stemmed from much more than wishful thinking. With knoledge from his investmetn in Chehalem, and the help of Burgundian winemaker Patrice Rion and local vineyard consultants, Bill confirmed that the very factors that made our land a poor choice for traditional crops were perfect for an award-winning vineyard.
Bill knew that growing vines often contradicted conventional farming logic. The rocky terrain that broke discs and plows when tilled, the southern-sloped ground that made growing wheat difficult, and the low-yielding Jory soils were all sought-after ingredients of a successful vineyard.
In 1995, Bill planted 10 acres each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, combining the experience of consulting viticulturists with innovative vineyard techniques in order to maximize the grape’s quality. Today, we have 225 acres planted to vine. Of that, 70% is planted to Pinot Noir, 25% is planted to Chardonnay, and 5% is planted to other varieties including Aligoté Gamay Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Riesling, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Viognier.