Lenné Estate, USA

A love of Pinot Noir and a lot of hard nosed determination to hunt out the right site to fulfill their vision was what finally got Steve and Karen to their hilltop home in Yamhill county, Oregon.

The wine shows the potential of the cool climate when coupled with steep hillslides and the poor well draining soil. It helps confirm the growing diversity that exists along the West Coast.


Lenné was destined to be a great site. In the Northern Willamette Valley, great sites are characterised by well drained, low vigour sedimentary and volcanic soils. They also tend to be steep mountain sites between 300 and 600 degrees elevation, with a southerly aspect. It doesn't mean that great wine can’t come from other sites in certain years, but consistently great Pinot Noir in this part of the world comes from specific sites.

  • Minimalist winemaking includes no pumping of grapes or juice – all done by gravity.
  • Meticulous attention to barrel topping prevents oxidation and need for sulphur.
  • Very poor soils, an elevated site and dense planting restrict natural vigour. Cover crops grown and ploughed into soil to provide nitrogen to vines. Only use organic sprays. Dry farming reduces enviro