Expressions of Pinot noir: Adapting to Vineyard Site Differences
Winemaking Breakout Session

What impact does vineyard location have on Pinot noir grape and wine composition? How will those impacts be shifted by a changing climate? This session will describe the findings of a five-year winemaking study of site impact using Pinot noir (clone 667) planted on three rootstocks. A replicated winemaking study that included formal sensory analysis showed that site and vintage significantly impacted wine color, aroma and varietal expression. Three winemakers will discuss the presented research and describe their own experiences with two of the vineyards included in the study.

*Applied for 1 Soil CCA CE Units for obtaining and using information sources to characterize soils and landscapes.

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Mikey Etzel
Beaux Frères, Oregon

Mikey Etzel was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, just three months before his mother and father discovered a foreclosed pig farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley on a road trip during the summer of 1986. After a whimsical decision to purchase the property, the family moved out the following year and began planting what would become known as the Beaux Frères Vineyard shortly thereafter.


Erik Kramer
WillaKenzie Estate, Oregon

Erik Kramer grew up in South Florida, a very long way from the cool vineyards of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. A scientist by training, Erik worked for several years as a hydrogeologist in the petrochemical industry long before realizing he could apply his passion for precision and balance to a subject that he was more enthusiastic about: wine.


Ron Runnebaum
University of California, Davis

Dr. Ron Runnebaum works on improving processes for more sustainable use of natural resources, including those important in winemaking. He is a faculty member in the Departments of Viticulture & Enology and Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis). His research program in the Department of Viticulture & Enology aims to combine his interests in sustainable winemaking with his research background in nanomaterials, adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis, and reaction engineering. Dr.


Jeff Stewart
Hartford Family Winery, California

Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California, Jeff Stewart is, not surprisingly, an avid skier. But it was a summer trip to France and an enthusiastic chemistry teacher that enticed him away from the mountains and into winemaking.

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