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Scott and Annie Shull have nurtured Raptor Ridge for 26 years. From its infancy as a “garage” winery when they hosted tastings in their home to the clearing of their vineyard in 2000 and opening of the tasting room in 2010, Raptor Ridge is the story of a hand-grown winery built to share joy through connection to the land, the industry and the broader community. Scott’s winegrowing vision is to cultivate quality, consistency, and intrigue – balancing simplicity of expression with layers of sensory complexity by crafting wines interesting to both the palate and mind. Raptor Ridge sources from our estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, Tuscowallame, plus a rich tapestry of select Willamette Valley sites – up to 12 in a given vintage spanning multiple sub-appellations in the region. These long-term partnerships with storied vineyards throughout the valley such as Meredith Mitchell, Temperance Hill, and Gran Moraine have given us more “ingredients” with which to blend and ultimately provide sensory complexity  in our winemaking style. Tuscowallame Vineyard is an 18-acre site planted to predominantly Pinot Noir plus one and a half acres of Grüner Veltliner. It is comprised of 13 separate blocks, each planted to different clones and rootstocks that address distinct soil characteristics. The word, Tuscowallame, is an indigenous word meaning “where the owls dwell.”

 

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