Rabbit Run: Coelho Winery

Coelho Winery is a family-owned and operated outfit in the tiny town of Amity, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Coelho – which means ‘rabbit’ in Portuguese – draws on the family’s Portuguese heritage to make exceptional, unique wines.

The New Old School: Illahe Vineyards

Typewriters are by no means rare in Oregon. The Smith-Corona in the Illahe Vineyards office is not, however, a hipster accessory. Nor is the chalkboard where someone has scrawled: “Buy more chalk”. Or the phonograph and four-foot high wooden speakers bookending crates of classic rock LPs in the corner of the warehouse.

Left Coast Estate Then and Now

With its woods, bees, flowers, ponds, grasslands and vineyards, the estate would be a bucolic fantasy, if it weren’t real. The adjacent farm Left Coast bought weaves another thread into the tapestry: “It’s one of the original Oregon Trail properties,” Pfaff says.

Innovators: Abacela

The only thing rarer than original thought is, perhaps, the courage to act on it. “One of the criteria for doing a harebrained thing like starting a winery is you have to be a romantic idealist,” Earl says.

Connections: Landlines Estates

We have tasted a lot of wine together over the years, often hopping into a car on a Saturday afternoon to head to some fairy-dust sprinkled corner of the Willamette Valley to drink bliss-inducing Pinot Noirs and hedgehog-spiky Pinot Gris. This time, my husband and I were in our living room…