BECKHAM ESTATE VINEYARD, WINERY AND NOVUM CERAMICS STUDIO
Andrew Beckham is a gifted ceramics artist and instructor with over 25 years of experience and is also a very fine winemaker and grape grower. He is the only producer of commercially available amphorae for winemakers and brewers in North America. Andrew’s wife Annedria Beckham manages the business side of this venture. She gracefully leads the complex operations of balancing a vineyard, a winemaking studio and the Novum ceramics project. Annedria usually hosts the private tastings personally. Additionally she and Andrew are raising 3 children, chickens, sheep and abundant wildlife on this picturesque property. This is one of the most informative and enjoyable tasting experiences available in the Willamette Valley. Beckham Estate Vineyard produces 2 distinct line ups of wines. The Beckham Estate Vineyard label wines are solely sourced from the Estate vineyard. They are aged in 225l. and 425l. French oak barrels which allows purity of fruit and site to shine through the entire portfolio. The wines produced under the A.D. Beckham label have fermented and aged primarily in Andrew’s hand-made clay amphorae. A convergence of passions- farming, ceramics, and winemaking, the A.D. Beckham wines are full of energy and texture. The label exemplifies the influence of thousands of years of human history making wine in clay vessels. Beckham Estate Vineyard is located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA is gorgeous and a slice of genuine Oregon! Great, expertly crafted and unique wines and very rewarding visit!
Owners Mark and Patty Björnson founded Björnson Vineyard in 2006 with the simple goal of caring for the land, making exceptional wine and enjoying life’s journey. Björnson Vineyard is committed to responsible farming practices and is distinguished by being a L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) certified site. Björnson Vineyard focuses on caring for the land and the climate of our planet and is powered completely by renewable energy. The solar (pv) system installed on site provides 20kW and in 2009 Björnson was the first vineyard in Oregon to install a 10kW wind turbine. The care taken with the land is reflected in the diverse portfolio of Björnson Vineyard wines. The wines are meticulously crafted by Patty Björnson using minimal handling and intervention to exhibit the purity of fruit from this special place. Pinot Noirs, Gamay Noir, Rose’, Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc and dessert wines. This is a hidden gem in the Eola-Amity AVA. The tasting room is an elegant and energy efficient building reminiscent of a gorgeous French country manor. The hospitality team is led by Grand Master Gerry Rasch.
The Carlton Winemakers Studio is home to over 16 individual vintners that produce some of the regions most coveted wine under one innovative roof. The tasting room features a rotating selection of wines from these different wineries, offering visitors a chance to try a broad spectrum of premium wines all in one stop! Many of the Willamette Valley’s most prestigious brands and talented winemakers started their careers at the Studio. The Studio was the first winery to be registered with the U.S. Building Council. Built to LEED standards. The Winemakers Studio has been recognized for its outstanding innovation in design and construction. Some of the finest wines in North America are being produced in this facility. Brands housed under the Studio roof include: OO Wines, Andrew Rich Wines, Asilda, Hamacher Wines, Eleve’e Winegrowers, J.C Somers ,Lavinea ,Lazy River, Lyttle-Barnet, Megan Anne Cellars, Project M, Quintet Cellars, Ratio Wines, Ridgecrest, RR Wine, and Wahle.
The J.L. Kiff Vineyard is a gorgeous dry farmed 9 acre site in the Yamhil-Carlton AVA and is the closest estate vineyard to the town of McMinnville. This is an authentic family operation. Joel is the winemaker who adapted his chemist career in 2010 to make wine and grow 9000 vines on this spectacular property which is home to native Oregon White Oak and diverse wildlife. Laurie manages the business side of the operation and is a gracious and terrific host. Tastings are held at the vineyard and often barrel tastings with the winemaker are available. Joel and Laurie host all tastings personally and you will feel like family by the time you complete this wonderful tasting experience. Completing the family contribution, the label art is by son Adam and Erin (Kiff) Sullens. Estate Pinot Noirs and library wines dating to 2010 are available for purchase as are Estate Rose’ and Chardonnay produced from grapes grown at their neighbor, the Cassin Family Vineyards site. A hidden gem to share with friends!
Patricia Green Cellars enthusiastically and unapologetically produces more individual bottlings of Pinot Noir than any winery in America. Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of vineyard designated Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountains appellations.
Oregon Wine Guides would like to extend our loving memory to Patty Green (1955-2017). Patricia Green Cellars was the first winery tasting in Oregon that Oregon Wine Guides owner Charlie Garrell experienced in 2008. Patty, Jim and their wines made such an impression that Charlie closed his Colorado business and moved his family to Oregon in 2013 to join the Willamette Valley wine industry full time. Thank you Patty, your impact on the Valley was immense, we miss and love you!
The attraction of Silas Wines is not only their unique, 30+ year old high elevation Pinot Noir vineyard, but the borderline-obsessive attention to detail that extends from the fruit to the winemaking and finally to the rigorous blending. Silas produces at least three very distinct Pinots every year, growing grapes but also sourcing from some of the best vineyards around the Willamette Valley, all either organic or biodynamic. Native yeast, whole cluster fermentation and old world methods are relied upon to produce bottles that showcase the power and diversity of Oregon wine. In addition to Pinot, Silas produces an age-worthy Pinot Blanc, an ever-evolving Malbec blend, and smaller one-off bottlings of Rosé and other whites. Most wines are held back by Silas until they are drinking well, resulting in current release years spanning 2013-2017. Owners Tony Markward and Alex Clark make the wine and spend countless hours in the barrel room meticulously deciding which barrels of Pinot end up together, a process that is often overlooked or downplayed in the Oregon wine world. Tastings are usually conducted by the knowledgeable and entertaining winemaker (and ex-standup-comic) Alex Clark, at their beautiful tasting room The Bramble, in downtown Amity.
Steve and Kelley Styring established Styring Vineyards in 2003 on a 40 acre parcel of unfarmed land in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Nine and a half are planted to Pinot Noir and 1 acre is planted to Riesling. Farming is at the heart of the Styring family story, tracing their Viking farming roots back to 1100 A.D. Minimal vineyard farming practices are practiced with half of the property devoted to wildlife habitat. Recycling and mulching are key components to this gorgeous and sustainable vineyard site. Tastings are exclusively conducted outdoors this vintage and are hosted by Steve and Kelley Styring personally with an emphasis on genuine hospitality and Covid safe procedures. The passion here is Pinot Noir and it shows with complex and age worthy selections. The Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and dessert wines are excellent as well.
TROUT LILY RANCH
Trout Lily Ranch Vineyard was one of the first vineyards planted in the region in 1976 by Carol and Peter Adams. From 1981 until 1995, wines were produced from this property and a separate bottling of Sauvignon Blanc from the iconic Croft Vineyard were produced. In 1995, the winery and label were sold to Rex Hill Winery and for the next 10 years the vineyard fruit all went to Rex Hill. In 2008, the Trout Lily Ranch label was launched. The wines are made in very small lots, fermented at low temperatures utilizing native yeasts which creates a depth of character and structure for aging. Trout Lily Ranch has an extensive library wine program available. Tastings are hosted at the vineyard by general manager and kind wine enthusiast Jacob Hale and are a true pleasure.
Fine wine can–and indeed will–expand your world. – Matt Kramer