It is our passion to offer you a wine that matters, a wine that shares the history, purity and soul of the Willamette Valley. A wine that if you listen carefully – will show you the road home. Welcome to Retour.
Located in the heart of Carlton, Oregon.
Fax: 503 472 1859
- "When a vine is at home, it settles in and starts to transmit. We “hear” those transmissions as flavors." - Terry Theise
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After earning a degree in viticulture and enology at UC Davis, Eric Hamacher set forth to gain extensive winemaking knowledge and to date, has worked more than 30 harvests at numerous wineries around the world. After producing wine for esteemed wineries such as Mondavi, Chalone and Etude, he realized his heart was in Oregon and followed pursuit to travel North and create the perfect Pinot Noir. Eric founded Hamacher Wines in 1995 and has since proved an uncompromising commitment to quality. In less than a decade, he became one of the most respected and sought after producers in Oregon. He has established a reputation for being a masterful blender of expressive and balanced Pinot Noir and produces some of the most elegant Chardonnay in the United States.
The combination of Eric’s humility, world-class talent and years of experience shape a hand that is light. Track marks from Hamacher are nowhere to be found. His influence is fleeting – his job is to get out of the way, let the wine tell its story. Native yeasts, small open-top fermenters, a delicate approach that coaxes and nudges but does not intrude. Simple tools like meticulous fruit sorting, artistic temperature control, precise punchdowns and pumpovers, gentle gravity-fed movements, and a comfortable bedding of hand-selected French oak barrels. Raising the wine takes a watchful and experienced eye, knowing when to provide loving discipline and when to let go. It is an honor to be working with Hamacher, whose approach is perfectly aligned with the vision of crafting a wine that vibrates with spirit of place.
To unveil the purity of place and true expression of the vintage, the Pinot Noir is fermented with native yeasts, aged in individual lots and is unfiltered and unfined. Only one wine is produced each year and only the best barrels are orchestrated into the final blend. Retour is complex, nuanced, has pitch perfect acidity and an eloquent structure. It is a wine that is crafted to age gracefully in the cellar for years to come. Some consider this natural approach to winegrowing Burgundian; we consider it the only true way to make wine that reveals itself and the place where it is grown.
For those of you who have followed Retour over the years, you know that our goal is to produce an exceptional Pinot Noir, a wine that matters, a wine that shares the history, purity and soul of the region. While we’ve always focused on producing just one wine, last year was the release of two new siblings to the Retour family: Manifest Destiny Pinot Noir and a downright delicious, acid-driven Rosé. These two special bottlings are only available via the direct from the winery. It is our joy to offer you a wine that matters, a wine that – if you listen carefully – will show you the road home.
Sixth-generation Oregonian, Lindsay Woodard has been on a trailblazing path as a wine entrepreneur from an early age. Known for her steadfast ambition, she was one of the youngest individuals to start a winery in the Willamette Valley. Her experience in the wine business has been deeply rooted. Like all of us who are raised in one area, we dream to flee and experience exotic new places. In 2002, an outstanding opportunity led her to live in the Napa Valley and explore working in a different wine region.
Never forgetting how special and unique Oregon is, she was ultimately driven by a passion to return to her roots and set out to craft a complex and nuanced Pinot Noir that shares the purest expression of her childhood native soil. In 2005, with no fear of taking a risk, Lindsay founded Retour. “Retour is the French term for homecoming or returning home. I returned to my Oregon roots and set out to craft an exceptional old-vine Pinot Noir from highly acclaimed vineyards,” says Lindsay. In collaboration with consulting winemaker, Eric Hamacher, she crafts a complex wine that has earned copious accolades from the media and created a strong following among sommeliers and collectors throughout the nation.
Relentless when it comes to perfection, Lindsay is known for her hands-on tending of the vines—even going so far as to pluck unwanted berries from clusters with tweezers. While she leads the winery operations on a daily basis, Lindsay enjoys nurturing the vines and is known for her meticulous labor. All viticultural and winemaking practices are under her insightful vision with a strong commitment to push the edge, allowing Retour to constantly improve its quality to achieve the highest echelon.