August 30, 2013, Dayton, OR – Stoller Family Estate, the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills, will once again be the first property in the AVA to begin harvest. Vineyard Manager, Robert Schultz, is predicting a start date on or around September 12. According to Schultz, “We are typically the first to pick fruit in the Dundee Hills given our southernmost location. Ours is a relatively warmer site, so our newer, lower elevation plantings ripen first. This year, we had an earlier bud break and bloom, and then a close to ideal lower fruit set, which naturally concentrated the flavors. It appears to be an all around stellar year, and I’m looking forward to tasting the results of our work.”
A harvest start date of September 12 would be two weeks ahead of the beginning of last year’s harvest and a full month ahead of 2011. Schultz anticipates harvesting 600 tons of fruit, which is a little higher than the average for the property given the newer plantings that have now come into fruition.
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 LEEDŽ Gold certified winery, three guest homes and a new state of the art tasting room with panoramic vineyard views. In 2012, Stoller was named a Wine & Spirits Magazine “Top 100 Winery” and as a “Vineyard to Watch” by Wine Spectator. www.stollerfamilyestate.com