Bill Stoller’s family established their estate in Oregon’s Dundee Hills in 1943, and when Bill acquired the property in 1993 it was considered “marginal farmland, at best.”

But Bill was smart and understood that the site’s elevation, well-drained soil and south-facing slope were all great news for something even better: making wine.

Now, the 400-acre property has over 220 acres under vine (mostly pinot noir and chardonnay) and the surrounding mountain ranges work to buffer the vineyard, creating a warmer microclimate that ensures consistent ripening. Stoller produces award-winning wines – including pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot noir rosé and a brut rosé – that are balanced, complex and consistently exceptional.

In the Willamette Valley, women are said to make up over 30 per cent of winemakers – and Stoller is no exception. Head winemaker, Melissa Burr has been at the helm since 2003 and is joined by assistant winemaker Kate Payne-Brown, who manages Stoller’s Reserve winery. Both women juggle driving forklifts with motherhood and making excellent wines with the kind of sensibility more common to a small-scale operation.

Along with winning national awards for its well-designed tasting room and beautiful grounds (those views!) the winery is a leader in sustainability, too. Stoller is a solar-powered, B Corp and LIVE certified, and was the first in the world to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for sustainable building design.

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