Thirty years ago, Don and Wendy Lange founded their winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley. The year 1987 marked the Langes’ first vintage and consisted of the three varietals they embrace today: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.
New-world pioneers in the production of Pinot Gris, Lange Estate was the first to release a barrel-fermented reserve–an effort Matt Kramer of the WINE SPECTATOR calls “a bench-mark bottling.” Don Lange’s work as a winemaker has been termed “brilliant” by Hugh Johnson, and the WINE ENTHUSIAST proclaimed Lange Estate to be “one of the great Pinot Noir producers in the United States.”
Lange Estate is known for crafting beautifully balanced wines from fruit grown on the winery Estate, located in the heart of the prestigious Dundee Hills appellation. To further supplement our case production, the Langes purchase additional fruit from the best vineyards in the surrounding area. Long-standing relationships with these blue-ribbon sites have helped the winery establish a well-deserved reputation for consistency and complexity in the wines.
Jesse Lange, Don’s son, joined the winemaking team in 2004, continuing the legacy of Lange Estate. Jesse also holds the title of General Manager and serves on several industry boards including: President of Oregon Pinot Camp, former President of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association, and the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. Currently, the father/son duo bottles six different Pinot Noirs, focusing on terroir through small lot, artisinal wine-making philosophies. Lange Estate sets the standard for truly hand-crafted wines.
While overseeing one of the most picturesque tasting rooms in Oregon, Wendy Lange tends to the day-to-day business of the winery, the grounds, and the resident canine corps. With panoramic views of the Cascade Mountain Range and two valleys, a visit to Lange Estate Winery is an experience you don’t want to miss.
The Lange Family owns 60 acres of land on three properties here in the Dundee Hills. A total of 45 acres are planted with a mix of Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Chardonnay vines.
The original Lange Estate Vineyard (30 acres) was purchased in 1987 and first planted in 1988 with a mix of all three varietals.
The Mia Block (15 acres) was purchased in 2003 and first planted in 2004 with Pinot noir vines. This block is adjacent to the original estate and named for Wendy Lange‘s middle name.
Redside Vineyard (15 acres) was purchased in 2006 and first planted in 2007 with Pinot noir vines. The vineyard is named for the gorgeous “Redside” trout which are native and indigenous to the Deschutes River Basin. “Redside” is also a reference to our red, volcanic soils found on all of our properties.
Lange Estate Winery is proud to be a located in the prestigious Dundee Hills Appellation, which is known for its volcanic soils (Jory and Nekia). These soils are deep and provide good drainage. Grapevine roots are encouraged to grow deep into the earth where the rich soils can provide nourishment. The ideal growing conditions provided by the soil, elevation, and climate of the Dundee Hills produce consistently excellent wines.
To further supplement our case production, the Langes purchase additional fruit from the best vineyards in the surrounding area. Long-standing relationships with these blue-ribbon sites have helped the winery establish a well-deserved reputation for consistency and complexity in the wines.
We are honored to be selected as Wine & Spirits 2012 Winery of the Year!
Thank you to all of our supporters, we wish to celebrate this honor with you. After 25 years of consistently striving to produce truly excellent wines, it is fantastic to be recognized for all of our efforts.
—Cheers! Don, Wendy, Jesse and the Team at Lange Estate Winery.
“Each year Wine & Spirits Magazine blind tastes more than 10,000 wines, to present the most compelling wines to our readers. We recognize brands with the most consistent performance and the highest scores in our tasting as our Top 100 Wineries of the Year. Lange’s range of exceptional wines makes it a great ambassador for Oregon.
—Congratulations from all of us at Wine & Spirits.”