After a decade of garagiste winemaking, Keith and Trudy fell in love with Pinot Noir. In the early 1980s they searched for a property to fulfill their dream of having a vineyard in the Willamette Valley. In Gaston, they found great potential in a 60-acre parcel of undeveloped land on the edge of Yamhill County. They started planting in 1984, and opened the tasting room in 1990, showcasing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, and Riesling. A family of five, the Kramers raised their children on the vineyard while Keith was a pharmacist and Trudy focused on building the business. The vineyard has grown to a total of 22 acres, averaging 5000 cases annually. Keith is now retired and enjoys his days on the tractor and in the cellar, while Trudy is the President and CEO of Kramer Vineyards. Together, Keith and Trudy enjoy their vacation time at their condos in Otter Rock.