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Erath

The winery is located in Dundee (Yamhill County) in the US state Oregon, It was founded in 1967 by Dick Erath. His family came from Germany, by the way, his paternal grandfather Otto Erath was a cooper. Erath had viticulture on the University of California studied and immigrated from San Francisco to Oregon. He is considered one of the Oregon wine-growing pioneers because he dared to focus entirely on European varieties. The first vines were planted in 1969 and the first wines from Pinot Noir, Riesling and Gewurztraminer were pressed in 1972. This year Cal Knudsen joined as a partner and the winery operated under the name "Erath Knudsen". The partnership ended in the early 1980s. In 1993 the oenologist Rob Stuart came as a new partner. This was now responsible for cellar management and Erath for the vineyards. Finally, in 2006, the operation of Ste Michelle Wine Estates (Washington) and Erath largely withdrew. The company's own vineyards in the North Willamette Valley and in the Dundee Hills cover almost 50 hectares of vineyards. They are planted with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Animated by Erath's trip to Italy, small quantities of the varieties Arneis and Dolcetto are also cultivated. Grapes are bought in from another 50 hectares. The premium wines include the single vineyards Juliard, Leland and Prince Hill from Pinot Noir.

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