Valley View Winery
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The original Valley View Vineyard was started by photographer Peter Britt in 1854 and was located in the gold rush town of Jacksonville in the Rogue Valley. Britt produced wines under the Valley View label until his death in 1906.
In 1971, Frank Wisnovsky and his family purchased 76 acres (310,000 m2) in the Applegate Valley and planted 12 acres (49,000 m2) of grapes in the spring of 1972. In 1974, Valley View planted 14 acres (57,000 m2) more. The original 26 acres (110,000 m2) of vineyards consisted of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Gewürztraminer. Valley View’s first two vintages, which consisted of Cabernet Sauvignon, were produced by Tualatin Vineyard in the Willamette Valley. In 1980, Frank Wisnovsky died in a drowning accident at Lost Creek Lake. He is survived by wife Ann along with their daughter Joanne and their sons Robert, Mark and Michael.
The winery won a Double Gold medal for the 1990 Chardonnay in the World Wine Championships in Ljubljana, Slovenia. With the 1990 vintage, the winery began using the Anna Maria label for its best wines in honor of the founding mother Ann Wisnovsky.
University of California, Davis graduate Guy Ruhland was winemaker for the 1978 and 1979 vintages. John Eagle was winemaker from 1979 to 1982, and Rob Stewart from 1982 to 1984. In 1985, John Guerrero, a new graduate from UC Davis, became Valley View’s fourth winemaker in six years and has been with Valley View ever since.
- Southern Oregon Winery Association
- Greg Stiles (November 14, 2001). "Valley View Winery will open new tasting room". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
After founder Frank Wisnovsky died in a drowning accident at Lost Creek Lake in August 1980, the winery foundered until 1985, when Bob Wisnovsky - the eldest son - returned from Oregon State University and vintner John Guerrero arrived from the University of California at Davis.
- Cleve Twitchell (April 18, 2007). "'Greatest of the Grape' picks earned their honors". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 2013-07-10.