In 1986, at a time when very few people really cared about Pinot Noir or knew where to grow it, founder Ken Wright planted his artisan winemaker flag deep in the ancient volcanic and alluvial soils of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Panther Creek quickly established a reputation for making single-vineyard wines and signature blends.
MAPPING THE TERROIR OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY
Panther Creek played a seminal role in establishing six landmark sub-appellations in Willamette Valley. Today, these AVAs (Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton) define a style of Oregon Pinot Noir that expresses region of origin and specific site.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH OREGON’S NOTED VINEYARDS
With Pinot Noir, where you grow the grape is pretty much everything. All year long, we hike the neighborhood, kick the dirt and collaborate with growers who appreciate Panther Creek wines that are always 100% Pinot Noir and capture the uniqueness of their vineyard.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Thirty years later, Panther Creek’s iconic black label is instantly recognizable and reinforces the visionary history of the winery. Ken Wright has handed-off his winemaking baton to renowned winemaker, Tony Rynders, who is still discovering new vineyards to produce wines that express purity of fruit, complexity and place of origin, carefully nurturing and evolving the Panther Creek legacy.