In Flight for 20 Years
As we launch this new website and ready ourselves for our 5th summer of visitors to our Chehalem Mountain Estate, we plan to keep in closer touch with you through this Blog space. Scotty and I will take turns updating you with stories. From the windshield of his Tuscowallame Estate Tractor to my travels across the country and the connections I make through Raptor Ridge Oregon Pinot Noir, we have found that community can happen just as easily in a car working with a sales rep as it can at the tasting room bar, around a Summer Lunch table, or on a yoga mat at one of our Yoga In… the Vines retreats at Raptor Ridge. All of your stories and observations on and about Pinot and enjoyment of the Pacific Northwest are important to us. We value the time we take to get to know each and every one.
Scotty will undoubtedly add his quirky (and always educational) roving video footage as he checks vineyards and tends Tuscowallame Estate throughout the V.2015 growing season. I will regale you with stories and insights from the yoga and meditation mat to the road.
Top of mind right now is the fact that we are celebrating our 20th anniversary the same year that the Willamette Valley is celebrating its 50th. Relative to the rest of the winegrowing regions, Raptor Ridge is still a gangly teenager, while the Willamette Valley is perhaps more through graduate school and starting a family of its own. We’ve gone through quite an evolution in these two decades. Some of you Flight Club members may have met us when we were still holding private tastings in the kitchen at Wildhaven Lane, making the wine out of a converted sheep barn 50 yards up a forest path from that kitchen table. We’ve traversed the Willamette Valley since those days, making wine from Gaston, to McMinnville to Carlton, collaborating with other small brands along the way to get their vineyards and tasting rooms established while they were still growing.
When we commercialized in 1995, we were winery #172. The North Willamette Valley alone now boasts over 400 wine brands. We’ve gone from being distributed in 3 states in 1996 to nearly 30 in 2015. We now ship to 46 states, and have a 3-tier wine club. Growing can be a blessing and a challenge. The most important thing to us, however, is to keep a high quality product and customer service that continues to earn us a sustained connection to you: our Guests, Flight Club Members, Distributors, Retailers, Restaurateurs, Sommelier, and Server community. We are truly grateful for your support, enthusiasm and sustained interest in Raptor Ridge wines.