For Bill Stoller, purchasing the family property brought his connection to our estate full circle. Bill’s father and uncle purchased our farm in 1943 to raise turkeys. When the family farm ceased its operations in 1993, Bill seized the opportunity to acquire it with the vision of planting it as our second estate vineyard. Our first commercial release from Stoller Vineyard was in 1997.
Planted in 1995, Stoller Vineyard sits on a 400-acre parcel, with 225-acres planted to vine, making it the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills. It is planted on Jory soil, a fertile and well-drained red volcanic clay that has come to define the Dundee Hills. Tightly spaced vines are planted at elevations ranging from 210 to 650 feet. The surrounding mountain ranges buffer the vineyard, creating a warmer microclimate that ensures consistent ripening.
Roughly 70 percent of the vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, 25 percent to Chardonnay, with 5 percent planted to other varieties such as Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, and Tempranillo. Characteristics of Pinot Noir from Stoller include bright red fruits, earth, tobacco, and spice.