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Knudsen Vineyards Launches Limited Production Inaugural Pinot Noir

Posted on September 11, 2014

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014, Dundee, OR – Knudsen Vineyards, one of Oregon’s most storied vineyard properties and longtime grower for Argyle Winery, announces the family’s return to winemaking. The four children of Oregon winegrowing pioneer, Cal Knudsen, have just released 125 cases of 2012 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir. The pre-allocation for mailing list members began August 19 and closed September 6, selling through the majority of the first vintage. A limited quantity of wine is being made available for purchase by phone to 503-580-1596 for $55 per bottle.

For Knudsen Vineyards managing director, Page Knudsen Cowles, this launch represents the next era for her family business. According to Knudsen Cowles, “It is an honor for me and my brothers to carry on the vision our parents established for Oregon winegrowing. We could not be more thrilled by the strong demand for this wine and are very thankful for our vineyard and winemaking team who helped us realize this dream.” Knudsen Cowles oversees the property with her three brothers, Colin, David and Cal.

The Knudsen family works in concert with Allen Holstein, Mark Sheridan and Nate Klostermann to craft their wine. The trio has a combined more than 65 years of experience with Knudsen. Holstein started his viticulture career as vineyard manager at Knudsen in 1980, and today oversees all of Argyle Winery’s vineyard properties as head of operations. He appointed Sheridan as Knudsen vineyard nanager over 25 years ago. Klostermann joined Argyle Winery in 2005 and was appointed head winemaker in 2013.

Knudsen Vineyards was established in 1971 by Cal and Julia Lee Knudsen, who purchased and developed the then 200-acre former walnut orchard into the first large-scale premium vineyard property in Oregon. In 1975, Cal Knudsen formed Knudsen Erath Winery, a winemaking partnership with Dick Erath, and opened Oregon Bonded Winery No. 52, establishing the first commercial winery in the Dundee Hills on the Knudsen Vineyard site. Dick Erath made Knudsen Erath wines from 1975 until 1987 when Knudsen Vineyards entered into a long-term grape purchase agreement with Argyle Winery.

Today, Knudsen Vineyard spans 228 acres, 130 of which are planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The property contains twelve separate blocks across two southeast facing slopes with elevations ranging from 500 to 1000 feet. Knudsen Vineyards is Low Input Viticulture and Enology Certified (LIVE) and Salmon Safe certified.

The family will release a 2013 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay in the spring of 2015, and a 2013 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir in the fall of 2015. With an anticipated bountiful 2014 harvest, the family will increase Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production to support a growing demand.

The Knudsen property is privately owned and operated, and is not open to the public at this time. Those interested in acquiring the wines may visit or call 503-580-1596.

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