This year we celebrate 35 years - one of the oldest vineyards in the South Willamette Valley. Our region was recognized as the 2016 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine! How did it start?
What is today Pfeiffer Vineyards used to be a the Pfeiffer Farm – a sheep farm. When a proposal came from a French company to purchase the Pfeiffer land in the late ‘70’s, second son, Robin Pfeiffer, was intrigued. What did the French want with a 70-acre south-facing sheep meadow?
It wasn’t for cheese. With a little research, Robin discovered the French wanted to grow Pinot Noir grapes and the Pfeiffer land offered a fertile Bellpine soil, an ideal elevation of 500 to 750 feet, a textbook micro-climate of warm days and cool nights, and a relatively frost-free zone with a small creek running below tugging frosty air off the hillside and downstream.
By 1983, after convincing his father that grape-growing was a better exercise than sheep shearing, Robin eventually planted pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, muscat and merlot on the meadow, establishing one of the first premium vineyards in the South Willamette Valley.
Ten years later, through a newspaper ad, Robin met Danuta, a broadcast journalist and author. Love quickly flourished and within 12 days they decided to marry. More than 23 years later, Robin and Danuta had built a home, created the winery, established a cozy Tuscan-style tasting room, a lush 4-tiered Water Garden, and a hospitality Fireplace Pavilion. With a vision for environmental balance, they established one of the first solar-powered vineyard estates including an energy efficient home.
Today, Pfeiffer Winery is renowned for its exclusive, small-lot, estate-grown and produced on-site Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris sold only through their winery. Now, Robin and Danuta host their wines on exotic shores around the world, serving as ambassadors for the heralded New World wines of Oregon