- "Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers. Tony Soter founded Etude Wines specializing in Pinot Noir. After a lifetime of California wine consulting Soter decided to leave California for good. He currently spends all his efforts on his Oregon wine label, Soter Vineyards. Soter has worked with such famous wineries as Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Stonegate, Spring Mountain, Chappellet, Sequoia Grove, Robert Pepi, Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Shafer, Spottswoode, Viader and Dalle Valle, leaving his influence on some of Napa's top wines." (Into Wine)
- "Tony Soter has been making wine in his native state for long enough now that this iconic figure of California wine history can be said to have achieved a similar status in Oregon." (David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate)
Soter Vineyards began in 1997 when Oregon natives Michelle and Tony Soter purchased the Beacon Hill Vineyard in the Yamhill‐Carlton District of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Named for a lighthouse‐like structure at the top of the hill, this vineyard was the source of Soter’s first estate grown Pinot Noir and sparkling wines. Today, Soter Vineyards makes its home on the Mineral Springs Ranch near Carlton, Oregon. This 240‐acre property is the base for all Soter winemaking and business operations. The estate vineyard here is ideally situated on an east‐west ridge known as Savanna Ridge and planted to 30 acres of Pinot Noir. An additional 2 acres of Chardonnay are dedicated to sparkling wine production. Initial vineyard plantings began in 2002 and continued in 2006 and 2007. Remaining acreage is committed to forest, woodland, and grazing land for herds of sheep and goats. Soter Vineyards wines are made in a refurbished barn originally dating from 1943. All tirage, riddling, and disgorgement of our sparkling wines are performed here, allowing us to maintain meticulous control of these processes. In the hillside next to the barn, underground caves serve as our barrel room. The aim of Soter Vineyards is to produce Pinot Noir that is thrilling to the senses, complex, balanced and age‐worthy.
|Tony & Michelle Soter
|Tony Soter, James Cahill