An idea took root fifteen years ago after a conversation among friends Antony Beck and Ken Wright about the potential for Yamhill-Carlton wines. The Beck family, long rooted in the South African wine industry, welcomed the opportunity to steward a very unique and storied place in Oregon’s wine history. Antony established the estate in honor of his wife, Angela with the goal of creating a warm, casual gathering place centered around wine and hospitality in the Willamette Valley.
Our winemaking team is guided first by what the vineyard provides, handling each vintage with a light touch and gentle coaxing to bring out the purity and individuality inherent in each wine. The grapes are hand harvested, carefully sorted either by whole berry or whole cluster, and encouraged into fermentation naturally, with the help of native yeasts and gentle extraction methods. Our wines see time in barrel, lending structure and gravitas, and are unfined and loosely filtered as the vintage allows to preserve expression and elegance. This minimal intervention philosophy in the cellar honors the nurturing that has taken place in the vineyard.
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