Oregon wine has been a constant presence in my family. In 1978 my parents left their home state of Kentucky and drove to Oregon in a Chevy pickup truck. A few years later they purchased a 10 acre vineyard in the hills of Dundee where they built a modest house in which to raise a family. This became our Holstein Vineyard, and it's where I was born and raised. At the time, my father Allen Holstein was managing vineyards for some of Oregon's wine pioneers, including Domain Drouhin, Stoller, Knudsen, and Argyle Winery. My earliest memories consist of bouncing around the back of a pickup truck from vineyard to vineyard, day after day. Tractors and wine barrels were my playground, and the smell of Pinot Noir was home. I may have gained more through the process of osmosis than I ever realized.
After earning my childhood allowance in the vineyards, I decided to spend my adulthood in the industry that raised me. In 2014, with the help of my now wife and some special folks around us, we established our own wine company. While it's no small undertaking, this is what we believe in and who we are. Most of our days are spent in the vineyards, practicing the art of wine growing and connecting with people who appreciate our goal of making products honest to the land. Our work starts at the beginning of every growing season and doesn’t end until we can share a glass with you. After all, we're only as good as what we stand on.