Willakenzie Estate was founded in 1991 by Bernard and Ronni Lacroute in the Yamhill-Carlton district of Willamette Valley, Oregon. This small, family-owned winery produces handcrafted wines with minimal intervention using 100% estate fruit. The soil, cool climate and topography are ideal for growing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gamay Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyards at Willakenzie Estate are certified L.I.V.E (Low Input Viticulture & Enology), Salmon-Safe and are sustainably farmed with organic products.
Winemaker Thibaud Mandet, a University of Enology of Bordeaux graduate, combines the best of new and old world techniques. Red grapes are cold soaked and fermented in open-top fermentors with skin contact. Based on the vintage, the must is punched down and/or pumped over, macerated for 14-25 days post-fermentation and aged in French oak. The white grapes are whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel with no malolactic.