Scott Paul Wines
Scott Wright of Scott Paul Wines on His Passion for Pinot
Our mission is to hand-craft small lots of exquisite Pinot Noir. To us that means wines that are focused on elegance and finesse, the benchmarks of what we consider to be the very heart and soul of Pinot Noir. The goal is wines that will seduce you, rather than hit you over the head. Think Audrey Hepburn, rather than Pamela Anderson. We produce a few different Oregon Pinot Noirs, the number of which depends on the character of the vintage and what each of our individual vineyards gave us that year. Our total annual production averages under 2,000 cases. Every vintage we produce our two mainstay wines, Audrey and La Paulée. In addition to our Oregon Pinot Noirs, our tasting flight includes a rotating selection of Burgundies — and occasionally Champagne too — that we import from small domaines in France. Red Burgundies are produced in the Burgundy region of France from the same grape we grow here — Pinot Noir — allowing us to offer visitors the unique opportunity to taste New World Pinot from Oregon and Old World Pinot from Burgundy side by side.
Located in the heart of Carlton, Oregon.
- Our mission is to spread the gospel of pure, elegant, graceful Pinot Noir to wine lovers everywhere.
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It wasn’t long though before Oregon’s cooler climate and great success with Pinot Noir lured us to the Willamette Valley. We began our Oregon winemaking starting with the 2000 vintage, and Scott took a position as Managing Director of Domaine Drouhin Oregon in 2001. We moved our production to the Carlton Winemakers Studio for the 2003-2005 vintages.
In 2003, Cameron Healy, founder of Kettle Chips, dear friend & mentor, became a partner in Scott Paul Wines. We were ready to have control over our winemaking environment and to grow our small brand, so we devised plans to build a new winery facility and tasting room. Excited by the opportunity to participate in Carlton’s rejuvenation, we bought two historic buildings and began their renovation in 2005. Our winery is housed in a repurposed granary, the former Madsen Grain Company, built in 1900, while our brick tasting room was originally a creamery, built in 1915. Renovation was completed just in time to open our doors in June 2006, and to start making wine in our new facility that fall. That same year we launched our import company, first bringing in exceptional wines from small family domaines in Burgundy, and then just two years later, adding stellar grower Champagnes to the mix.
We are absolutely passionate about the Oregon Pinots we make AND about the Burgundies and Champagnes that we import, and it is our mission and joy to share that passion with others. Our entire program — our tasting rooms, our events, our classes, our clubs and even our annual small group tours in Burgundy and Champagne — are designed to allow you, our guest, to learn so that you can enjoy these wine adventures as much as we have.