Dick Erath is one of the original wine pioneers of Oregon, who in the 1960’s travelled up and down the west coast in search of an ideal place to grow Pinot Noir. He was determined to make elegant, food friendly Pinot Noir and he finally found what he was looking for in 1967 in the then unproven northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. Having made extensive studies of the soil and climate, his Pinot plantings were amongst the first in the state. Today, Erath produces around 65,000 cases of wine per year under their acclaimed winemaker Gary Horner.
The Willamette Valley is protected by the Coast range to the west, the Cascades to the east and a series of hill chains to the north. The Dundee Hills vineyards are all above 200m elevation and benefit from warmer nights and less frost and fog than the adjacent valley floors. Erath sources grapes from its own 48 hectares of signature vineyards and also from contracted growers across the Willamette Valley. The combination of temperate climate, rich, red volcanic soils, and mainly southerly facing slopes create ideal growing conditions for elegant, cool climate wines.
The Erath team are as passionate about making high quality wines now as Dick was 40 years ago – fruit forward in style and reflecting the region’s vintage, soil and grapes.
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