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Sustainable farming, thoughtful winemaking and 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 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.

 

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Our hand in the winery never speaks louder than the grapes or their place of origin. We strive for natural balance in our wines and allow the strong influence of vintage in the Willamette Valley to shine through. From harvest to bottle, our cellar program was built around handling wine in small, unique lots. 

We are lovers of whole cluster Pinot Noir, Oregon sparkling wine, and the growing influence of Willamette Valley Chardonnay.

 
 
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Being a native Oregonian, Winemaker Michael Lundeen’s calling to make fine wines began at home.

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.

From honing his skill with Pinot Noir luminaries Belle Pente and Domaine Serene, to a stint abroad with Castello di Verduno, the historic 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’s wines favor varietal and regional typicity over flashiness. Never hesitant to raise the bar, he launched our direct press Rosé, Riesling and méthode Champenoise wine programs. Honing whole cluster fermentation techniques and decoding the nuances of extraction are ongoing pursuits and topics of interest. For Michael, worthwhile winemaking isn’t a process of repetition – it’s reflective, forward-looking, adaptive and humble.

 
A short hop from our McMinnville-based winery is Michael’s own estate vineyard. He is the 3rd generation to live on his family’s Yamhill-County farm, and latest to tend its vines.

A short hop from our McMinnville-based winery is Michael’s own estate vineyard. He is the 3rd generation to live on his family’s Yamhill-County farm, and latest to tend its vines.

 
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Long before we made wine, we planted and tended vineyards.

Fifteen years before the The Willamette Valley Walnut Co. became our winery, our first estate vineyards were planted. Our commitment, from the start, has been to promote farming and winery practices that protect the land and reflect Oregon values.

We’ve been involved with LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) since the beginning – La Cantera Vineyard being the first of our certified sites. Extending far beyond the vines, LIVE takes a whole-farm and whole-winery approach. Certified wines meet strict standards for environmentally and socially responsible winegrowing and winemaking.

With hundreds of acres under our care, LIVE is the standard for all the vineyards we farm and wine we produce.