In January 1965, after earning a degree from UC/Davis, and research in Europe, 25-year old David Lett arrived in Oregon for the first time, “with 3,000 grape cuttings and a theory”. He planted the cuttings in a rented nursery plot, and went looking for the perfect vineyard site. It was the first planting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and related varieties in the Willamette Valley, and the first Pinot Gris in America. The Eyrie Vineyards, founded by David and Diana Lett in 1966, is located in the Dundee Hills. It was named for the red-tailed hawks who make their home (EYE-ree) in the fir trees at the top of the first vineyard plantings. The winery and tasting room is in nearby McMinnville. Jason Lett has recently taken over from his father as winemaker and vineyard manager at The Eyrie Vineyards.
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