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.