If you haven’t heard it through the grapevine - Stoller Family Estate was named the “Best Tasting Room in the Nation” by USA Today 10Best. We are thrilled to gain national recognition and welcome fellow wine enthusiasts from around the world. A warm thank you to everyone who participated in the voting process!
Cheers to a great tasting room and an even better community of tasters!
Bill Stoller and Harry Peterson-Nedry, co-owners of CHEHALEM Winery, are pleased to announce that after 24 years of partnership Stoller has purchased Peterson-Nedry’s share of equity in the winery business.
“Harry Peterson-Nedry has been a mentor to me,” said Stoller. “When Harry first asked me to be an investor, I saw an opportunity to help fund a friend’s dream and the chance to be a part of something with the potential to be iconic. As we enter this next chapter, I am honored to shepherd CHEHALEM’s legacy.”
“No one understands more how special the CHEHALEM brand is, how much passion and rigorous work it has taken, how much collaboration with other Willamette Valley pioneering wineries has gone on, than Bill,” said Peterson-Nedry. “I take comfort knowing he will respect its heritage in a way that no one else could.”
Peterson-Nedry planted Ridgecrest beginning in 1980, making it the first vineyard planted in what would become the Ribbon Ridge AVA. He was also instrumental in the development of organizations such as the Oregon Wine Board, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, Oregon Pinot Camp, International Pinot Noir Celebration, and industry groups focusing on defining Oregon’s AVAs and famed wine varieties. The transition in ownership will reduce the workload for Peterson-Nedry, who turned 70 years-old in December, allowing him to devote his full attention to managing his 48 vineyard acres in Ribbon Ridge, crafting wines for RR - a small winery he created 16 years ago - and continue his involvement with Oregon wine industry initiatives.
Since purchasing his family’s second-generation farm in 1993, Stoller has evolved the property to become the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley while passionately being a steward of the land and community. Stoller Family Estate was the first winery in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification, and fifth Oregon winery to receive B Corp certification, the latter in large part due to its LIVE and Salmon Safe certifications and community involvement in the City of Dayton and Yamhill County. The ownership change allows the two brands, under the leadership of President Gary Mortensen, to leverage economies of scale while distinguishing autonomy.
“CHEHALEM is not Stoller, and we like that,” said Mortensen. “Each winery has its own history and future, with one common thread: both wineries are committed to, and known for, producing unique, world-class wines. I look forward to leading the exceptional staff at CHEHALEM and further advancing the brand.”
Starting November 1, Stoller Family Estate will exhibit paintings by Gordon Marshall in our tasting room. The show includes select pieces spanning the artist’s most recent 15 years of work.
The show will run through March 2018, with an artist’s reception planned for January 2018. The paintings may be purchased in the tasting room with shipping at no cost to the buyer.
The Artist: Gordon Marshall
“I consider myself first and foremost a mark maker.
I start with an image in my mind; a model, photograph, or something remembered, and usually sketch in ink, graphite or charcoal before I pick up any oils. As oils are slow setting, I have three or four pieces that I am working on in various stages of completion.
A piece is done when I no longer feel the need to continue the process; this may be minutes, hours, months and even years after I’ve begun.”
Stoller Family Estate is proud to announce it has achieved B Corp Certification status. Companies certified as B Corps meet the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. The certification continues the commitment to preserve the Stoller family legacy through protecting the environment and enriching its community.
“I believe that when you build something, you do it for a sustainable reason,” said Bill Stoller, founder and owner of Stoller Family Estate. “I wanted to build a company that could last at least 200 years, and to do this, we must take care of our land and community. Our B Corp certification is another example of Stoller Family Estate’s dedication to this goal.”
In 1993, Stoller purchased his family’s farm with the vision of creating a world-class vineyard. Located in the Dundee Hills AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the winery was the first in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification. Additionally, the estate is LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) and Salmon Safe certified. The estate is also home to one of the largest private Oak Savanna in Yamhill County as part of our dedication to preserving ecological restoration areas for indigenous plant and wildlife.
As thought leaders in the community, Stoller Family Estate is a strategic partner in Innovate Oregon, (the foundation arm of the Technology Association of Oregon) which is helping to develop the next generation of innovators to tackle some of the biggest employment challenges facing our state. The first initiative for the community is Innovate Yamhill – comprised of efforts in Dayton, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamina and Amity – to show how bold, agile ways of developing talent can provide a workforce for the future.
Stoller Family Estate joins A to Z Wineworks, Sokol Blosser, Winderlea and Patton Valley Vineyards, making it the fifth Oregon winery and 89th company in Oregon to attain the status. To date, there are more than 2,200 B Corporations spanning 130 industries in more than 50 countries around the world.
Our director of winemaking, Melissa Burr, recently received national attention in one of the biggest lifestyle publications out there, Martha Stewart. Melissa caught up with More Good Day Oregon's Molly Rielh to discuss this praise. Watch it here.
Stoller Family Estate placed #6 in Portland Business Journal's Most Admired Companies category for Food and Beverage. This makes Stoller Family Estate the only winery, brewery, spirits, coffee, or tea company to receive this honor.
November is an ideal time for discovering world-class Oregon wine. Growers have completed their harvest, and wineries are bustling with action, giving visitors a cool window in how fresh grapes are transformed into luscious wine.
Great wines sipped in a great space – these are the elements that combine to make a top-notch tasting room. For the past month, USA TODAY and 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorite American tasting rooms from a pool of nominees chosen by a panel of wine travel experts.
Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills began harvesting wine grapes Saturday morning. They say this is the earliest start to the season they have ever had. "It is a surprise to all of us," Owner Bill Stoller said. "We didn't think we would be doing it until the end of August."