Willamette Valley Vineyards

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Willamette Valley Vineyards, inc.
Winery / Public (NASDAQWVVI)
Industry Wine
Founded 1983
Founder Jim Bernau and Don Voorhies
Headquarters Turner, Oregon United States
Website www.wvv.com

Willamette Valley Vineyards is an American winery located in Turner, Oregon. Named after Oregon's Willamette Valley, the winery is the leading producer of Pinot noir in Oregon,[1] and also produces Dijon clone Chardonnay and Pinot gris.[2] In 2016, the winery was the largest producer of Riesling wine in the Willamette Valley.[3]


The entrance to Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willamette Valley Vineyards was founded by Jim Bernau and Don Voorhies. [4] In 1997 Willamette Valley Vineyards merged with Tualatin Estate Vineyards, which was established by Bill Fuller in 1973.

Jim Bernau conducted the first crowdfunding in the U.S. to establish his winery, which was performed in 1988 after permission was obtained to do so from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The winery has expanded, and is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol WVVI.[5] Most recently, a successful campaign to expand the company was conducted to fund two new wineries. Shares of preferred stock listed on the NASDAQ at WVVIP were made available to those interested in becoming owners in this expansion.[citation needed]

Oregon Estate Vineyards[edit]

The Oregon Estate Vineyards division was founded in 2015 by Jim Bernau and Winery Director Christine Collier. The Elton and Pambrun winery is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA at Elton Vineyards and in the Walla Walla Valley AVA at Pambrun Vineyards. The wines at Elton Vineyards will focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.[6] Pambrun Vineyard is named for Bernau's fifth great grandfather, Pierre Pambrun,[7] a Walla Walla pioneer. The site was scheduled to be planted to Cabernet Sauvignon along with other Bordeaux varieties in spring 2016.[6][7]


Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently included Willamette Valley Vineyards' Whole Cluster Pinot Noir as one of America's Best Value Pinot Noirs.[8]

Great Northwest Wines named 2012 O'Brien Pinot Noir in their "Best Northwest Wines of 2015."[9]

Coordinates: 44°49′30″N 123°00′25″W / 44.824997°N 123.007053°W / 44.824997; -123.007053


  1. ^ Jenkins, T: "Top 25 Oregon Wineries", page 20. Portland Business Journal, August 11, 2006
  2. ^ McCarthy, E.; Ewing-Mulligan, M. (2011). Wine For Dummies. Wiley. p. 254. ISBN 978-1-118-05071-2. 
  3. ^ Haeger, J.W. (2016). Riesling Rediscovered: Bold, Bright, and Dry. University of California Press. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-520-96216-3. 
  4. ^ Danehower, C.; Johnson, A. (2010). Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho. Timber Press. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-88192-966-9. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Publishing, DK (2004). Eyewitness Companions: Wines of the World: Your Essential Handbook. EYEWITNESS COMPANION GUIDES. DK Publishing. p. 520. ISBN 978-0-7566-8927-8. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Focused on Oregon's Great Wine Terroirs". Wine Spectator. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Willamette Valley Vineyards Plans New Elton Winery Led by Isabelle Meunier". Wine Business. May 26, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ Gregutt, Paul (November 2015). value-pinot- noirs/#gallery-carousel- 2 "Wine Enthusiast" Check |url= value (help). 
  9. ^ "Page Not Found". Great Northwest Wine. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 

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