Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley near McMinnville, Oregon- Patton Valley Vineyards


In The Beginning
Patton Valley Vineyard got its start in Chicago, in the early 1980′s. Graduate students Dave Chen and Monte Pitt divided their time between their studies at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management and the windy city’s great wine shops, all the while dreaming of starting a winery together. After graduation they parted ways, heading to separate coasts, but their passion for wine continued to grow.

The Search For The Perfect Site
Monte seized every opportunity to visit Dave in Oregon, where he combed the Willamette Valley for the perfect vineyard site for growing world-class Pinot noir grapes. That search was guided by terrior. Loosely translated as “a sense of place,” the concept suggests that a vineyard’s characteristics—its soil, elevation, and topography—contribute to the unique qualities of its wine, especially Pinot noir. After more than two years and visits to nearly 50 sites, they landed in Gaston, Oregon, where they purchased an abandoned orchard planted with 72 acres of cherry and prune trees.


Jessyca Lewis, is a University Lecturer, and keynote speaker that is known for her excellence in wine marketing, social media marketing and international travel.

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