Willamette Valley, Oregon
The development of Cristom Vineyard's is the result of a twenty-plus year collaboration between an engineer, a winemaker and a farmer - who are, first and foremost, stweards of the land. Founder Paul Gerrie hired Cristom's winemaker Steve Doerner and Vineyard Manager Mark Feltz in 1992. Together at the winery since day one, they have consistently produced masterful and expressive Pinot Noirs.
The four estate Pinot Noir vineyards - Eileen, Jessie, Louise and Marjorie - are named for Gerrie family matriarchs. Each vineyard has its own natural variances in soil, elevation and exposition, and Steve strives to craft wines that are an honest recording of both vineyard and vintage.
Our winegrowing philosophy begins with respect for our land and estate wines, and the natural process of fermentation. The vineyards and winery are Certified Sustainable by Low Input Viticulture & Enology (LIVE) and are thoughtfully and meticulously farmed with a focus on quality. With minimal intervention during the winemaking process, Steve guides the wines from vineyard to bottle, producing the ultimate expressions of the stellar fruit Mark grows every vintage.