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Foley Family Wines Buys Four Graces Winery in Oregon: Third Major Wine Company Extends Reach to Oregon

In yet another sign that Oregon is gaining recognition for its wines, Bill Foley and Foley Family Wines has purchased The Four Graces, a producer produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The purchase includes The Four Graces business, the Black Family Estate Vineyard with 54 acres of planted vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills AVA, as well as the Doe Ridge Estate Vineyard with 41 acres of vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The winery produces about 22,000 cases of wine each year. Terms weren't disclosed. The deal follows Jackson ...
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2014 Oregon Winery of the Year: Chehalem

Perhaps the best barometer of the Willamette Valley wine industry is the growing number of second-generation winemakers successfully taking the lead in the family business. At Chehalem Wines, the only question is how the erudite Harry Peterson-Nedry, 66, wants to describe the transition of his daughter, Wynne, into his role as head winemaker. “I’ve done succession plans for people in other industries, and we haven’t formally created one,” he said. “Mine was more of an assumption if it was Wynne’s desire and if she saw the benefits.” Handing off the baton at their 20,000-case winery has been a success. Chehalem ...
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2014 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year: Stoller Family Estate

In just two decades, a former turkey farm has become one of the finest vineyards in Oregon and home to an exciting winery rooted to the land and a model for sustainability. Bill Stoller has been involved in the Oregon wine industry for more than a quarter-century. He began planting his estate vineyard in the early 1990s, launched Stoller Family Estate less than 2 decades later and oversees our Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year for 2014. Stoller was born on the farm and grew up nearby. He has fond memories of the land his father and uncle purchased in ...
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Ste. Michelle buys Eola-Amity Hills vineyard for Erath Winery

Erath winemaker Gary Horner has a new vineyard to play with. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has purchased Willakia Vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills for Erath, one of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wineries. Ste. Michelle purchased the winery from founder Dick Erath in 2006. “Willakia Vineyard is a dream vineyard for a winemaker,” Horner said. “It offers this great combination of small blocks planted with diverse clones and rootstocks at different aspects, slopes and orientations. It will give me a broad array of fruit styles to craft beautiful estate wines.” The Eola-Amity Hills is one of six small American Viticultural Areas in the ...
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