SchöneTal Cellars pays tribute to our family's German heritage and our journey here to the Willamette Valley. After my wife and I married we settled down in McMinnville, Oregon where we had four beautiful children. Our life has blossomed here, for many reasons, but the wholesome people, captivating landscapes and the undeniable culture of wine and food is what's kept us here for so many years.
My love for wine-making initially started when I began volunteering my time during harvest. The cold brisk mornings and the purple stains on my hands never seemed to last quite long enough, and in 2014 I managed to source some of the best Pinot Noir grapes in the northwest and SchöneTal Cellars finally came to life.
Our approach to wine-making is simple, fermentation occurs naturally in nature and that's exactly how we keep it in the cellar. We believe in allowing our grapes to express their true eloquence by naturally undergoing fermentation without any manipulation. Letting the grapes reveal their natural beauty and balance from the surrounding terroir is what makes our wines recognizable.
— David Ulbricht —
2015 Single Vineyard Meredith Mitchell
The Meredith Mitchell Vineyard is a bio-dynamic site located in the McMinnville AVA planted on Marine Sedimentary and Basalt soil. We sourced from block 3 which is 100% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir rooted on it's original root stock. We fermented with 25% whole cluster and aged this wine for 14 months in neutral French Oak barrels. The grapes were harvested on 09/16/15 at 24 brix and 3.3 pH
2016 Single Vineyard Meredith Mitchell
The Meredith Mitchell Vineyard is a bio-dynamic site located in the McMinnville AVA planted on Marine Sedimentary and Basalt soil. For this vintage we sourced from blocks 2 and 3 which are both 100% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir that's rooted on it's original root stock. We fermented 40% whole cluster and aged this wine for 16 months in neutral French Oak barrels. The grapes were harvested on 09/20/16 at 24 brix and 3.3 pH.
2016 Single Vineyard Hirschy
The Hirschy Vineyard is located in the Yamhill Carlton AVA planted on Willakenzie soil. For the '16 vintage we sourced our grapes from block K which is 100% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir planted on the highest side of the vineyard. We fermented 40% whole cluster inclusion and aged for 16 months in neutral French Oak barrels. These grapes were harvested on 09/08/16 at 25 brix and 3.8 pH.
2016 Willamette Valley Blend
$50.00/bottle Only 24 cases produced!
Our Willamette Valley Blend is where we have taken the time to select some of our favorite barrels of the '16 Meredith Mitchell and the '16 Hirschy and made a beautifully classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The ratio of the two is about half and half since both sites are 100% Pommard. We did a 40% whole cluster inclusion and aged this wine for 16 months in neutral French Oak barrels.
Office: 328 NE Davis St Suite 3, McMinnville OR 97128
Winery: 1722 SW Hwy 18 Suite C, McMinnville OR 97128
Tel: 503 - 701 - 7774