Stone Griffon Vineyard
Stone Griffon Vineyard is the result of the passion and vision of winemaker and vineyard manager Terry McIntyre. The vineyard was planted in 2007, and more vines added in successive years. Our own estate grown wines are Tempranillo, Riesling and several clones of Pinot Noir.
OUR TASTING ROOM IS LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN CARLTON, THE HEART OF OREGON WINE COUNTRY.
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After settling in Carlton, Carol started her law practice in McMinnville. They originally had fallo deer on the property, later moving in cows, not knowing that the livestock were preparing the soil and fertilizing their future vineyard. While building a local winery, Terry had the opportunity to rescue 550 Tempranillo plants from the compost pile, and decided to clear the field and prepare the site for the first vines.
While building their own label and anticipating that first harvest, Terry and Carol purchased fruit from Spofford Station in the Walla Walla AVA, producing Merlot and Syrah. The first official release of the Stone Griffon label was the 2008 Merlot, and the 2012 Carol Jean Estate Reserve Pinot Noir and the 2012 Tempranillo were the first releases off of the estate. Every wine received rave reviews and they knew they were on their way to something special.
The Stone Griffon label is named after the “mascot” in the Tasting Room. It is a cement statue purchased on a hunting trip to South Dakota. Carol saw it and immediately knew she had to have it, as it is on the seal of her Alma Mater, Reed College, in Portland. At a “Name the Baby” party at the house, preparing for the release of the 2012 Carol Jean, a friend helped come up with the name when he saw the statue. Terry tells the story like no one can! The image on the label was drawn by Carol when she was in high school.
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Dustin Miller joined Terry as Vineyard Manager in 2012 to assist with the vineyard, equipment, and winemaking. He also brings in crews when needed for pruning and harvest.
Production, aging, and storage takes place on the estate property and in a rented facility in McMinnville.