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About Cellar Crawl

The Cellar Crawl was founded in 1997 by representatives of six of Oregon's premier wineries: Ken Wright of Ken Wright Cellars, Mike Etzel of Beaux Frères, Terry Casteel and Ted Casteel of Bethel Heights Vineyard, Steve Doerner of Cristom Vineyards, Lynn Penner-Ash of Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, and Laurent Montalieu of Soléna Estate. They were brought together by comradeship, curiousity and an abinding love for Pinot Noir.

Cellar Crawl is a place:

  • for fellowship and collaboration, for the sharing of intel
  • where there are no secrets
  • where there are only honest voices, noses and palates
  • where there is a common cause to raise the bar and elevate the game
  • where competition has been replaced with rejoicing at each others successes

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The Cellar Crawl Collection 2014

The collection is available from any of our six mwmber wineries. Links to their shops are on our Home page.

This is a collection of wine that will be both inspiring and educational, and we are pleased to offer this opportunity to you. Within the set you will receive 1 bottle of each of the following wines:

  • 2014 Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir from Ken Wright Cellars
  • 2014 Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir from Beaux Frères
  • 2014 Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir from Bethel Heights
  • 2014 Gran Moraine Pinot Noir from Ken Wright Cellars
  • 2014 Gran Moraine Pinot Noir from Beaux Frères
  • 2014 Gran Moraine Pinot Noir from Bethel Heights
  • 2014 South East Block Pinot Noir from Ken Wright Cellars
  • 2014 South East Block Pinot Noir from Beaux Frères
  • 2014 South East Block Pinot Noir from Bethel Heights
  • 2014 Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir from Cristom Vineyards
  • 2014 Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir from Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
  • 2014 Eileen Vineyard Pinot Noir from Soléna Estate
  • 2014 Lilies Vineyard Pinot Noir from Cristom Vineyards
  • 2014 Lilies Vineyard Pinot Noir from Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
  • 2014 Lilies Vineyard Pinot Noir from Soléna Estate
  • 2014 Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir from Cristom Vineyards
  • 2014 Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir from Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
  • 2014 Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir from Soléna Estate

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Winemaker Quotes

Steve Doerner: “Starting out, Cellar Crawl didn’t have a name or a particular goal other than getting together, tasting wines and asking questions. Over the years those questions have led to many collective experiments, which in turn have led to new understandings. In truth, we’ll never know all the answers, but the fun is in the quest."

Mike Etzel: "I can still to this day recall delivering my very first harvest of grapes 1992 from the Beaux Freres vineyard in a 1947 KB5 International truck with all of my three boys piled into the cab. Our destination, Panther Creek Cellars founded by Ken Wright. The level of commitment that we all had in those early years has made our Oregon Wine Industry what it is today".

Lynn Penner-Ash: "Over 30 years ago I moved from the Napa Valley to the Willamette Valley of Oregon. My peers in Napa warned me heading to Oregon would not be the best career move as there was no future in Oregon winemaking. We headed north to Oregon and found a very small community of passionate winegrowers here. Thanks to the welcoming and collaborative spirit of the Oregon wine community we thrived and built a very successful brand and business – Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. The Cellar Crawl is a continuation of this early spirit of research, collaboration, and passion."

Ken Wright: "The progression of quality in any endeavor is accelerated by connectivity between people....partnership. Our Cellar Crawl group, from the beginning, committed to spending time and resources on research topics we felt were the most critical to us and the industry as a whole, worldwide. We challenged, we tested, we often had surprising results that belied assumption and lore. This industry is our passion."

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Some of the Vineyards

Lillies Vineyard:
Lillies Vineyard is located in the Dundee Hills AVA. Planted in 2001, Lillie’s Vineyard features south facing slopes, but its orientation is south by southwest. It also includes optimal elevations of approximately 300 to 500 feet. Jory soil, volcanic in origin, is the dominate soil series of the 10 acre Lillie’s vineyard. The vineyard is planted exclusively with Dijon clone 115 on rootstock .

Eileen Vineyard:
Original planting of the Eileen Vineyard began in 1997 and was later expanded in 2006, resulting in a total of 16.61 acres, and making Eileen our largest estate vineyard. Perched atop the Cristom estate, ranging from around 550 feet to 730 feet, Eileen is also our highest-elevation vineyard, possessing commanding views of Oregon’s Cascade Range to the east, and Coastal Range to the west. The soils in the Eileen vineyard are volcanic in origin and are of varying depths. Eileen’s maritime climate features moderately warm days with especially cool nights, allowing the vines to retain acidity and produce intense aromas and flavors.

Savoya Vineyard:
Savoya was the first vineyard directly owned and developed by Ken Wright Cellars. Ken developed the property from bare ground between 1999 and 2003. Savoya is 18 acres in vine, located at 350-450 foot elevation in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA northeast of Carlton, on ancient marine sedimentary parent material. The clonal make up of the vineyard is predominately Pinot noir with a small percentage of Chardonnay: 25%- 115, 22% Pommard, 23%- 777, 14%- 667, 13% Wadenswil, and 3% 548 Chardonnay.

Bethel Heights Estate Southeast Block
Located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Bethel Heights Southeast Block is a six-acre section of the estate vineyard planted in 1979 on a south-facing slope between 420 and 520 feet elevation. The red clay soil is volcanic in origin, three feet deep and well drained. The vines are 100% own-rooted Pommard clone, one of the last plantings of own-rooted Pinot noir remaining in the Willamette Valley.