Old Vines

My traveling partner, husband and best friend recently received the following comments from Willamette Valley Vineyards. I am very proud of Bill and hope you enjoy the following article about Bill’s past and recent winemaking accomplishments from Jim Bernau, founder/Willamette Valley Vineyards.


Willamette Valley Vineyards

“Old-vine wines often have extra dimensions in aroma, texture, overall length and a wealth of subtle details” according to Wine Enthusiast editor, Paul Gregutt. His recent article, The Old Vines of Oregon Wine, featured our Vintage 42 Chardonnay which he awarded with 92 points.


Vintage 42 Chardonnay is sourced from Draper clone vines planted at our Tualatin Estate Vineyard in 1973 by Oregon wine pioneer Bill Fuller.


Tualatin Estate Vineyard and Bill Fuller

Bill was recognized for many firsts in our industry. His Chardonnay and Pinot Noir took home Best of Show for Red and White in the same year at the London International Wine Fair. In 1997, Willamette Valley Vineyards merged with Tualatin Estate Vineyard and Bill retired. Bill has rejoined our winemaking team to make small lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from his favorite blocks using his traditional techniques for Vintage 42.

Click the link below to see the complete article from Wine Enthusiast 







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