Founded in 1966 by David and Diana Lett, The Eyrie Vineyards was the birthplace of Oregon Pinot Noir – and one of America’s great wine pioneers. In 1965, David Lett arrived in Oregon with, as he put it, “with 3,000 grape cuttings and a theory”, going on to establish the estate vineyards some 50km southwest of Portland. With the production of its first commercial vintage in 1970 – and its participation in the famous Paris tasting of 1979 – the history of The Eyrie Vineyards in many ways mirrors the evolution and rise to prominence of the entire U.S. wine industry itself. Today, The Eyrie Vineyards produce some 10,000 cases of wine each year. All of this wine is made from grapes grown in vineyards they own. Simplicity and minimal intervention are the hallmarks of the winemaking protocols, employing gravity to move wine around the cellars, and endeavouring to impose as little human interference as necessary on this collection of highly terroir’d wines.
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