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A 30 Year Crush: Joe Dobbes Celebrates 30 Years of Winemaking

A Timeline Shared with Recognized Leaders in Oregon's Viticultural History
May 11, 2016

Dundee, Oregon - May 10, 2016: 2016 marks 30 years that Joe Dobbes has been making wine, and the Willamette Valley winemaker is celebrating! Having started his career as an apprentice in France and Germany, at Domaine Roumier and Weingut Erbhof Tesch respectively, Dobbes has spent the bulk of his career in the Dundee Hills of his home state Oregon. Mentors, partners and friends came together in Portland at Irving Street Kitchen to celebrate this milestone. Guests were treated to a tasting of library wines from the vintages Dobbes crafted while winemaker at Elk Cove Vineyards, Hinman Vineyards/Silvan Ridge Winery and Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Joe Campbell (Elk Cove), Liz Chambers (Elizabeth Chambers Cellar), Jim Bernau (Willamette Valley Vineyards), Michael Moore (South Stage Cellars) were all at the table, sharing stories and reflections about Dobbes, accumulated over the last three decades.

“My only regret, over all the time I’ve had in wine business, is that I was not able to grow Willamette Valley Vineyards fast enough to keep Joe, because he actually grew faster as a winemaker than I could grow my business,” commented Jim Bernau, Dobbes’ former employer and fishing buddy. “Otherwise, we’d still be making wine together and I actually hold out a hope that someday we will work together again.”

“These past 30 years have been an amazing journey, and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with such fantastic people. I remember when I was in France just getting started, I’d spend all my money to experience the food and incredible Burgundy. It made quite the impression on me,” remarked Joe Dobbes. “Over the last three decades, Oregon has grown tremendously, and our Pinot Noir has begun to be recognized worldwide. That’s very gratifying. But we’re still pioneering here and committed to charting our own course. Every year I’m still humbled and learn something new. Thirty years and this business still impresses me, something I expect will continue for the next thirty.”

During the coming months, Dobbes Estate Wine will be celebrating “Joe’s 30 Year Crush”, offering single vineyard flights at the tasting room in Dundee as well as special offers and events.

Dobbes Family Estate Tasting Room
Open Daily 11am – 6pm
240 5th Street Dundee, Oregon 97115
Tel: 503-538-1141 x 118

Single Vineyard Saturdays
On Saturdays, the Dobbes Tasting Room will feature unique single vineyard selections as well as the ongoing lineup of current and library offerings, showcasing Dobbes’ wines from premier vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette and Rogue Valleys. Winery tours are also available, as are reserve suite tastings which are accompanied by Red Hills Market fare.

About Dobbes Estate Wine / Wine by Joe

Joe Dobbes, an Oregon native, has built a thriving business by combining knowledge gained through invaluable apprenticeships in France and Germany and the experience of 30 years of winemaking. In 2002, Dobbes launched Wine by Joe, a multi-tiered business based in Dundee, Oregon. Recognized for the elegance and craft of his wines, Dobbes is now one of the largest producers in Oregon with 214 acres of estate vineyards. Dobbes’ focus is on crafting traditional Burgundian style wine under his three different brands: Dobbes Family Estate, the luxury label; Wine by Joe, a value-priced Oregon appellation label, and Jovino, dedicated to restaurant accounts. Dobbes Estate Wine / Wine by Joe is a Bacchus Capital portfolio company.

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About Bacchus Capital Management

Bacchus Capital Management is an investment firm providing strategic capital and making equity investments in United States wineries and wine businesses.

Current Bacchus portfolio companies are: DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate / Wine by Joe.

Prior Bacchus portfolio companies are Andretti Winery, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Qupé.

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