Winemaker Judith Thoet seeks out sources of fine wine to create the perfect blend for the brand. Prior to joining the Portlandia team in 2013, Judy honed her skills at a variety of companies in the industry. In 2005 Judy accepted a position at Sagelands where she eventually became assistant winemaker. Judy went on to spend crush in 2012 at Grand Cru Estates in Yamhill, OR, where she further refined her knowledge of Pinot Noir production and the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley. Judy is a champion for the region and believes in producing attention-demanding Oregon wines.
Portlandia is a peaceful, concerned, edgy wine that demands your attention with depth and drinkability for every occasion. What makes Portlandia special is its view on life—play hard, work later—like only an Oregonian can understand. Cheers! View all Portlandia Winery Wines
About Willamette Valley(will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.