A stunning Oregon property producing some of the finest Chardonnay & Pinot Noir under the stewardship of winemaker Shane Moore and vineyard manager Leti Catoira. A single vineyard in the Yamhill Carlton AVA of Willamette Valley Gran Moraine expresses terroir in a fashion rarely seen outside of Burgundy. The vineyard is planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is certified LIVE Sustainable, minimal interference once the fruit is picked results in arguably the best expressions of these two royal varieties in the country.
"They say I pick early, I say they pick late." – Shane Moore, Winemaker Gran Moraine
Leti Catoira cares for the Gran Moraine property with care and attention. Serving as Technical Committee Chair for the leading sustainability organisation LIVE, Catoira drives the standard for ethical viticulture in Oregon ever higher. The vineyard being LIVE certified only sees organic inputs while the winery is energy efficient and utilises recycled materials sourced locally.
A benchmark producer from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, WillaKenzie takes Pinot Noir incredibly seriously with 100% of their vineyards being planted to the variety. With a continual focus on quality and experimentation winemaker Erik Kramer crafts effortless and energetic expressions.
The vineyards are managed with uncompromising attention to detail with sustainability being non negociable. In 2008 WillaKenzie became the very first winery in the country to receive LIVE Certification going on to set up solar panels that currently supply the estate with half its energy needs.
Based in the Russian River Valley Hartford Family wines was started in the mid 90’s with a focus on locating the best vineyard sites around California to produce the finest Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. The Hartford family still runs the venture with patriarch Don and Wife Jennifer still at the helm. Whilst producing a number of single site wines the brand has become famous for its ‘Russian River Series’ that beautifully encapsulates the region by sourcing from a number of incredible vineyards.
The Hartford family have invested heavily in the Californian wine industry working closely with growers to ensure only the best fruit is produced. This includes utilising organic vineyard inputs, monitoring soil health and reducing water usage. All wines are vegan and made with the approach that the work is very much done in the vineyard.