Our Story

Two generations of Oregon winegrowing

 
Kramer Vineyards is a two-generation family business offering delightful wines of high quality, terrific value and variety. For 30 years, we’ve been growing wine from our 22-acre, sustainably farmed estate vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. We serve our wines with a warm, inviting approach and we look forward to meeting you at our charming tasting room in Gaston.


THE FIRST YEARS

 
We knew we wanted to be in Yamhill County, because that is where most of the vineyards were located in the early 1980's. In 1983, we eventually found a hillside property in Gaston. This property had been fallow for at least seven years so blackberry brambles, clover, wild daisies, and onion ruled the field. However, we saw great potential, and the slope of the site was ideal. We later learned that our vineyard soils are silty clay loam Peavine and Willakenzie—excellent soils for growing wine grapes.
 
We started planting the vineyard in 1984. We rooted the plants from cuttings taken from a neighbor’s vineyard, and every year we planted additional acres, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Müller-Thurgau. In later years, we planted Carmine, Muscat, Pinot Meunier and Grüner Veltliner.

 

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KRAMER MILESTONES

 
2015 - Wines on tap introduced
2013 - Carlton Tasting Room opens
2013 - Kramer Vineyards celebrates 30th year in Oregon wine industry
2012 - New labels unveiled
2010 - Kim works harvest in Burgundy at Domaine A. F. GROS - PARENT
2009 - First Brut vintage released
2008 - Kim Kramer joins winemaking team
2005 - Estate vineyard LIVE certified
2001 - Celebrate sparkling Müller-Thurgau introduced
2000 - Estate vineyard certified Salmon Safe
1998 - Inaugural Rebecca’s Reserve created --first of three single block designate Pinot Noirs
1994 - Experimental block of Dijon clone Chardonnay established
1993 - Cellar Door wine club launched
1990 - Tasting room opening
1989 - First vintage produced from estate grown fruit; first Carmine planted
1988 - First commercial vintage produced under Kramer Vineyards label
1986 - First Pinot Gris and Müller-Thurgau vines planted
1984 - First Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling vines planted
1983 - Purchased Gaston property to establish vineyard and winery
1978 - The Kramers plant a small test vineyard at their home in Warren, OR
1971 - Trudy and Keith Kramer produce their first amateur wine