In the summer of 2000, Greg Sanders knocked on the door of an old farm house sitting at the top of the Dundee Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The house was just up the gravel road from a few of Oregon's most notable wineries: Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin Oregon and Domaine Serene. Surrounding the farm house was a small vineyard, self-rooted in 1980, that over the years had become known for the quality of its fruit. St. Innocent, Panther Creek and Torii Mor, had all purchased fruit from this site, bottling wines and designating them as "White Rose Vineyard". Having been an impassioned fan of pinot noir for many years, it was Greg's dream to own a vineyard from which he could produce artisanal, hand-made wines of outstanding quality. His search had led him to the top of this hill, and when he left, he took with him the deed to a dream.

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Vineyards

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Planted in 1980 to own-rooted Pommard clone pinot noir, the 10-acre White Rose Vineyard is one of the oldest and most storied vineyards in Oregon. Planted on east-southeast facing slopes of volcanic Jory soils in the heart of the Dundee Hills, the vines consistently produce fruit of great character and complexity. The vineyard sits at the top of the hill at 870 feet elevation, overlooking much of the Willamette Valley. This hilltop location allows us to maximize "hang time", the length of the time the clusters are maturing on the plant, which results in greater flavor development while maintaing balanced sugars and acid.

 

In 2009, we acquired an additional 4 acres of vineyard immediately north of the original site. This vineyard, named Guillén Vineyard (after the Guillén family), was planted in 2001 to Dijon clone 115 pinot noir grafted to American rootstock.The site shows tremendous potential and is producing more substantial wines each year.

 

In addition to our own vineyards, we purchase fruit from of number of the Willamette Valley's top growers in the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA, Dundee Hills AVA and Chehalem Mountains AVA.

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People

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GREG SANDERS |  Owner

Greg grew up on the east coast and moved to Southern California when he finished college to start his career in manufacturing. After more than a decade of successfully building a company in the aerospace industry, Greg's penchant to learn something new and challenge himself in a new walk of life got the better of him. In 1995 he began taking courses at UC Davis in viticulture and enology with the hopes of someday owning a small vineyard. After several scouting trips to Oregon in search of land capable of producing world-class Pinot noir, Greg finally realized his dream in 2000. He purchased an existing 10-acre vineyard called White Rose Vineyard and started producing wine in 2001.

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