Sustainable farming, thoughtful winemaking & uncommon value – at Walnut City, these are our standards.
Since 1999, we’ve been crafting wines that promote distinctiveness, quality and sustainability, while delivering genuine value. Estate farming and fruit sourcing is the key to achieving these goals – from over 30 years of developing our vineyard portfolio, it’s at the core of what we do.
Long before we made wine, we planted and tended vineyards.
Twenty years before the old red building of The Willamette Valley Walnut Co. became our winery, owners John Davidson and John Gilpin were inspired by the Oregon’s viticulture pioneers.
Our farming expertise and understanding of our terriors have grown in perpetuity. By integrating diversity of vineyards into our winemaking, we emphasize site and AVA individuality over house style.
Our hand in the winery never speaks louder than the grapes or their place of origin. We embrace the strong influence of vintage in the Willamette Valley, identifying opportunity and adapting our approach with every wine we make. From cold-soak through barreling, our cellar program was built around handling our Pinot Noir in small, unique lots.
We are advocates and lovers of whole cluster fermentation in Pinot Noir, Oregon’s sparkling wine industry, and the influence of Willamette Valley Chardonnay!
MEET THE WINEMAKER
Michael is the 3rd generation to live on his family’s Yamhill County farm, and latest to tend its vineyards. Located a short hop from our McMinnville-based winery, Michael has been lovingly crafting the wine at Walnut City since 2010. Drawing from over 15 years of experience, his influence on the wines has been profound.
Being a native Oregonian, Winemaker Michael Lundeen’s calling to make fine wines began at home.
From honing his skill with Pinot Noir luminaries Belle Pente and Domaine Serene, to a stint abroad with Castello di Verduno, the Piemontese estate in Barolo, Michael’s style has developed from context. His debut in 2007, and subsequent four vintages, as founding winemaker at Illahe Vineyards solidified his place in the Willamette Valley.
Michael favors classically structured wines that express varietal and regional typicity over flashiness. Never hesitant to raise the bar in the cellar, he led the launch of our direct press Rosé, Riesling and méthode Champenoise wine programs. Fine-tuning whole cluster Pinot Noir techniques and the decoding the nuances of extraction during fermentation are ongoing pursuits and topics of interest. For Michael, worthwhile winemaking is never a process of repetition, it’s adaptive, reflective, forward-thinking and humble.