Purple Hands Winery
Purple Hands winery strives for the expression of genuine soil and grape. Our wines bear an unmistakable connection to the earth and not only because grapes grow in dirt. Air, water, soil, animals entire ecosystems make our wines what they are. At Purple Hands, we find life in wine’s elusive spirit. It unlocks the pleasure of life cycles, sunshine, and storms. It gathers us around tables with family, friends, and foes. It fills us, Surprises us. Asks us to love the landscape, demands that we show it care. From the dirt, it delivers unexpected heights. Wine is for everyday life.
Located in the heart of Newberg, Oregon
- Our mission is to to bring the most honest expression of terroir and clone.
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Cody’s official foray into winemaking took off after he completed a degree in environmental science at the University of Oregon. He worked in various vineyard management and winemaking roles at Argyle, Ken Wright Cellars, and ROCO. Abroad, he further honed his craft at Knappstein Winery in Claire Valley, South Australia and Ata Rangi in Martinborough, New Zealand. In 2005, Cody established Purple Hands as a small boutique winery. And in ten years’ time—with no small help from Marque—the winery transformed into a cult favorite that produces several thousand cases a year of critically acclaimed wine.
Our winery’s name speaks to a juxtaposition we love: the earthen processes and exquisite products of winemaking. The toils and stains of working vineyards and crushing grapes lead to the shining bottle on your living room table. We hope you’ll share our wines with friends and family—and be uplifted by the power of place!
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Our wines bear an unmistakable connection to the earth—and not only because grapes grow in dirt. Air, water, soil, animals—entire ecosystems—make our wines what they are. Knowing this, we do our best to employ sustainable practices throughout our business. Whether we’re sourcing grapes from LIVE and Salmon Safe certified vineyards, hosting a winemaker dinner made from organic ingredients, or building the beautiful floor and bar in our tasting room with lumber salvaged from the 1935 farmhouse they occupy, we search for ways to work in harmony with the natural environment.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
AVA: Willamette Valley | Elevation: 400 feet
Soil: Bellpine Loam (marine sediment) | Clones: Pommard & Wadenswil
Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, toward the western edge of the Willamette Valley, in the Eola Amity AVA. With its Bellpine Loam soils, the vineyard yields fruit with pronounced dark fruit characteristics—such as blueberry, blackberry and plum. The resulting wines have an acid and tannin profile that allows for lasting beauty and structure.
Planted in 1982 by owners Dan and Helen Dusschee, the grapes from Freedom Hill make their way into the wine portfolios of some of the most esteemed, artistic wineries in the Willamette Valley. Dan and Helen’s son Dustin is now carrying the torch into the next generation as a vineyard manager, supporting the vineyard as it grows in acreage and prestige.
AVA: Dundee Hills | Elevation: 750 feet
Soil: Jory (volcanic) | Clones: Dijon 115 & 777
Holstein Vineyard sits at 750 feet atop the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The vineyard consists of 100 percent, well-drained Jory soil that formed from basalt rock sediment. Dark reddish-brown in color, the loam, silt, and clay of this site form a layer more than 40 inches thick above their basalt subsurface—a perfect place to grow grapes of outstanding quality.
Allen Holstein, the vineyard’s owner, originally found an opportunity to marry the art and science of grape growing in Oregon in 1980. He worked for the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry when their plantings became too large for them to handle on their own. Then later, while learning how to stabilize vineyard performance from wineries with successful operations outside of Oregon, he had the chance to acquire his own patch of ground where he cultivates grapes around his home in the Dundee Hills to this day. Allen’s unmatched vineyard experience—ranging from clone and rootstock selection to spacing, cropping, and vine balance—ensures that Holstein Vineyard yields fruit of the highest caliber every vintage.
AVA: Dundee Hills | Elevation: 500 to 600 feet
Soil: Jory (volcanic) | Clones: Pommard
Latchkey Vineyard—our estate vineyard—is situated at 500 feet on a southern aspect in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Its rich, 100-percent Jory soils are famous for yielding fruit of remarkable depth and complexity. Planted mainly to Pinot Noir from the Pommard family as well as Chardonnay, the vineyard spans 11 acres that stretch from the top of the hill down to the country road below.
Latchkey Vineyard is owned by Scott and Michele Campbell, long-time fans of Willamette Valley wine. When the Campbells discovered a plot of ground bordering notable vineyards—including Archery Summit, Willakenzie, Ayoub, and Holstein—they knew it was soil to build a future on. As investors in Purple Hands, their partnership with Cody and Marque Wright is the product of deep friendship, joyously empty wine bottles and a shared passion for wine.
AVA: Yamhill-Carlton | Elevation: 450 to 630 feet
Soil: Jory (volcanic) | Clones: Wadenswil
Shea Vineyard drapes over 140 acres of rolling hills in the Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA, stretching from 450 to 630 feet elevation. The vineyard is planted in sedimentary soils atop fractured sandstone derived from an ancient seabed. Our block—the highest in the vineyard—is known as the “Back Block,” where the famed property edges up to a towering oak grove.
Dick Shea first planted the Back Block in 1989 and then replanted it in the mid-90s to eliminate the problem of phylloxera, a microscopic insect that feeds on grapevine roots. Since then, it’s been a simple story of amazing wines. Visitors to the Willamette Valley quickly recognize the respect commanded by wines made from Shea Vineyard grapes. This fruit is some of the most coveted fruit in the state, as it consistently inspires critically acclaimed bottlings.
AVA: Dundee Hills | Elevation: 300 to 650 feet
Soil: Jory (volcanic) | Clones: Dijon 777 & 115
Stoller Vineyard is situated on the southern flank of the Dundee Hills, with an optimal winegrowing aspect. The vines are planted on a narrow elevation band—from 300 to 650 feet—on ancient Jory soils, the fertile and well-drained red soils that define the Dundee Hills. The vineyard is surrounded by protective mountain ranges that provide a slightly warmer microclimate, which ensures consistent ripening from vintage to vintage.
Bill and Cathy Stoller, owners of Stoller Vineyard, bought the former turkey farmland from a cousin in 1993. In 1995, they planted their first acres in the rocky soil: 10 acres each of Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Today, the vineyard is the largest vineyard site in the Dundee Hills—with nearly 200 acres planted to many different varietals and clones.
Kropf Family Vineyard
AVA: Dundee Hills | Elevation: 300 feet
Soil: Jory (volcanic) | Clones: Dijon 115
Kropf Family Vineyard sits at 300 feet in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This two-acre vineyard consists of the Pinot noir clone: Dijon 115, and 100 percent, well-drained, alluvial Jory soil that formed from basalt rock sediment.
Jody Kropf, the vineyard’s owner, along with his wife Michelle, own and operate Red Hills Market in Dundee.