The Eyrie Vineyards
The Eyrie Vineyards was established by David and Diana Lett in 1966, and was named for the red-tailed hawks who make their home (EYE-ree) in the fir trees at the top of the original vine plantings. It was the first planting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and related vinifera varieties in the Willamette Valley, which pioneered this region's modern wine industry. In 1975, The Eyrie Vineyards produced the first American Pinot Noir to compete successfully with the renowned Pinot Noirs of Burgundy (Paris, 1979; Beaune, 1980).
The Eyrie Vineyards is quite small, with a total production of only 8,000 - 10,000 cases. In addition to handcrafted Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, The Eyrie Vineyards also makes limited bottlings of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier.
The philosophy of The Eyrie Vineyards, in both the vineyard and in the winery, is to interfere as little as possible with the processes of nature. All of the grapes used in Eyrie wines are estate-grown, without the use of insecticides, herbicides or systemic fungicides.