S2, Episode 7: Yamhill Valley Vineyards & J Wrigley Wines
May 13, 2019
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Welcome back to Wine Crush! Happy Oregon Wine Month. We’re back with episode 7 of season 2.
In this episode, we talk with another two local winemakers, Ariel of Yamhill Valley Vineyards, from the oldest running winery in the McMinnville AVA – and Jody Wrigley, from J. Wrigley Wines a family vineyard with an extensive history of working the land with an absolutely romantic love story with wine!
Ariel has spent more than a decade at Yamhill Valley Vineyards (YVV) in the McMinnville AVA of the mid-Willamette Valley. Her passion for winemaking turned heads immediately and after just a single harvest in Oregon, YVV owner Denis Burger nudged Ariel elsewhere to round out her training. She worked a pair of harvests in New Zealand at Palliser Estate in Martinborough and Chard Farm in Central Otago before returning stateside.
Ariel is currently the head winemaker at YVV, which specializes in Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay. Her vast experience fits in well with YVV, among the oldest producers in the McMinnville area having launched in 1983. She is also the founder and vintner for A Cheerful Note Cellars, a micro-batch label with a percentage of the proceeds going in support of a handful of Portland-based nonprofits.
Congrats on their recent accolade by Great Northwest Wines for declaring YVV as Oregon winery of the year!
With a long love of wines, Jody met her husband John on a trip to Oregon. It was at that first meeting the two knew they were not only going to share a love of wine, but also a love for each other and building what is now known as J. Wrigley Vineyards.
Jody and John have invested their heart and soul in developing this family business. As it is often said, “Planting a vineyard and making wine is a lifestyle!” With the help of their team, John and Jody continue to share their passion with wine lovers one glass at a time.