General Partner and Winemaker Mike Hallock began searching for an exceptional vineyard site on which to base Carabella Wines in the early 1980s. Initially it involved sampling many vintages of Pinot Noir sourced from single vineyards in the Willamette Valley. (An exhausting job, but someone has to do it!) Through good vintage years and bad, several vineyards emerged as consistent producers of superior wines, even if the grapes were sold to different winemakers. Hallock's background in geology and climatology convinced him that there were common factors involving soils, slope, exposure, elevation and climate contributing to this quality. He searched for these qualities on regional maps to pin down the "perfect" vineyard site, finally choosing an area on the southeast flank of Parrett Mountian called Ladd Hill.