Winderlea followers surely know of the Pinot noir and Sparkling Brut that we’ve made from the Crawford Beck Vineyard since 2010.  Jeanne and David both left careers in the sciences and moved to the Willamette Valley in 2006 to pursue their love of Pinot noir here.  They purchased an older, and somewhat under farmed, vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA and have focused their energies and immense talents on transforming the vineyard into highly coveted fruit pursued by some of the best wineries in Oregon.  We thought you would be delighted to read this story in Newsweek Magazine about a project that Jeanne and David have led with the engineering department and students at one of our local universities, George Fox.  Although not specifically mentioned, the section of the Crawford Beck Vineyard used for this project has been the block that Crawford Beck Vineyard sells to Winderlea each year.  On Saturday, September 24th harvest commenced for Winderlea with a pick of the Pinot noir from the Crawford Beck Vineyard of the aforementioned block of fruit that has been used to develop and test the “vitobot.”  We knew you’d want to learn more.  You will next see this fruit in our 2022 Winderlea Vintage Sparkling Brut!

Click here to read the Newsweek Article.