August 25, 2015, Dayton, OR – Stoller Family Estate, the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills with 195 acres under vine across a 373-acre site, will begin harvesting fruit tomorrow, August 26. Stoller also announces the completion of a winemaking expansion on the estate, which will begin operation during this harvest season.
Vineyard manager Robert Schultz predicts a striking vintage. According to Schultz, “This is going to be a blockbuster vintage. It was a challenging growing season given the heat. However, our vines are in great condition thanks to our deep Jory soils that can tolerate extreme temperatures and the cool evenings we’ve had in August.” Stoller will harvest over 750 tons of fruit this year, a 25% increase over 2014.
The winemaking expansion comes just in time for this record Stoller harvest. President Gary Mortensen comments, “Our expansion facility will enable us to meet increasing demand for our wines and ensure that we maintain our quality focus as we grow. It will serve as the eventual home of our Dundee Hills tier, and allow us to focus our original winery on our smaller lot Reserve and Legacy wines.” Stoller’s new winery facility is constructed in an environmentally sustainable fashion. Its original winery was the first in the world to achieve LEEDŽ Gold certification in 2006.
This harvest will mark the 13th Stoller vintage for winemaker Melissa Burr, who says, “I am excited to have a strong team in place with a shared mission of continuing to elevate the quality of Stoller wines.” Burr’s new team includes associate winemakers, Ben Howe and Kate Payne Brown plus cellar master, Marcus Mejia. Howe was previously King Estate Winery’s Vice President of Operations. He is a graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology. Payne Brown was formerly assistant winemaker at Archery Summit. She holds a Master of Science degree in Oenology from University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Science from University of Oregon. Mejia is a graduate of Oregon State University and The Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College. Prior to joining Stoller in 2015, he worked in the cellars of Charles Smith Wines in Walla Walla, Washington and at Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander Winery in Yarra Valley, Australia.
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About Stoller Family Estate
Stoller Family Estate is one of Oregon’s most highly regarded vineyards and wineries. Pioneering Oregonian and Founder, Bill Stoller, purchased his family’s second-generation farm in 1993 with the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for the land and Oregon wine industry. Over the last 20 years, he has patiently transformed the 373-acre property into the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills and a sought after source of fruit for premier producers. Longtime winemaker, Melissa Burr, works in concert with Vineyard Manager, Robert Schultz, to oversee the site’s continued refinement and steward Stoller’s legacy of growing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Stoller Family Estate features the first LEEDŽ Gold certified winery in the world, three guest homes and a new state of the art tasting room with panoramic vineyard views. Stoller was named “Northwest Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest in 2014 and in recent years has been named by Wine & Spirits Magazine as a “Top 100 Winery” and Wine Spectator as a “Vineyard to Watch.” www.stollerfamilyestate.com