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Stoller celebrates trio of milestones

Submitted By: Dixie Huey, August 29, 2012
Trio of Milestones Celebrates Oregon Pioneer Bill Stoller’s 20 Year Vision

August 29 2012, Dayton, OR – Stoller Family Estate is celebrating three milestones this growing season -- a new name, expansion of its winegrowing team and a new state of the art tasting room opening in September. The company’s new name reflects the evolution of the vineyard and entire property over the last 20 years, and maturation of the winemaking team over the last decade. The just released 2010 Reserve Chardonnay ($28 SRP) is the first wine displaying the new name and labels; 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir will be introduced in fall 2013.

Founder, Bill Stoller, purchased his family’s 373-acre farm in 1993 and has since transformed it into the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills with nearly 200 acres under vine. He comments, “We knew that this project would require a long-term vision, the right people to achieve it, and a lot of patience. From the beginning, I envisioned building a legacy beyond that of our family -- a vineyard demonstrating the top quality of wine being made in Oregon and a property preserving the natural beauty of this agricultural land for generations to come. Our winemaker, Melissa Burr, who is this year celebrating her tenth vintage, has been instrumental in achieving this vision with our expanding winegrowing team.”

Burr works closely Assistant Winemaker, Noah Bieszczad and Cellar Master, Andrew Wisniewski, who joined in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Vineyard manager, Robert Schultz was hired in 2011 to continue refining and developing the site and has since made two important additions to the expanding team including viticulturist, Leticia Catoira-Rice, and equipment specialist, Joseph Tomison. Stoller Family Estate is a source for several prominent Oregon wineries including Adelsheim, Chehalem and Argyle.

Stoller continues, “Our new tasting room will allow our guests to learn about wine while enjoying expansive views of the vineyard, which is of course the focal point of our work here at Stoller. Those who want the opportunity to visit surrounding wineries, restaurants and other businesses in Yamhill County can stay at one of our three recently renovated guest homes.”

Stoller Family Estate’s new tasting room is scheduled to open to the public on Monday, September 10. The building integrates environmental sustainability with high efficiency design and will harvest at least 100 percent of its energy with a 236-panel solar panel installation. A few notable design features include a green roof, skylights, salvaged timbers and plans for an electric vehicle charging station.

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 North America’s first LEED® Gold certified winery, three guest homes and a new state of the art tasting room with panoramic vineyard views.