Some of you may know that I work with a small group of Oregon Pinot Gris wineries; others of you won’t know that until now. It’s been a very interesting snapshot for me, to gaze into a winemaking state, not just a region, to discover a collective think tank. Oregon State is a very different headset, than the state of California, where most of my wineries work and play. Honestly, I’m perhaps a bit more attuned to Oregon… Portland, Oregon was named for two adventurers (Asa Lovejoy, a lawyer from Boston, Massachusetts and Francis W. Pettygrove of Portland, Maine) who were the first to consider giving it Anglican names. They flipped a coin. It was either going to be named Boston or Portland , depending on who won the flip.You now know who won.
Since I grew up very close to Portland, Maine, and spent a couple of weeks each summer very close to Boston, Massachusetts, I find myself more closely aligned to Portland, Oregon, than I do to California. Don’t get me wrong, California has been very good to me, as far as my career goes; Oregon has been very good to me when I need to realign my soul.
And so, I’m delighted to help get the word out for Apolloni Vineyards. My contact there is owner Alfredo Apolloni, owner and winemaker. I follow Alfredo’s Facebook page, and I see him traveling the world extensively. It makes perfect sense to me that he now has someone whom he can trust, when he leaves his winery behind to explore more wine regions.
ABOUT: Apolloni Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard situated at the North end of the Willamette Valley. Our location provides a superb microclimate and suitable soil for the cultivation of premium Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grapes. We specialize in traditional Pinot Noir and Italian-style wines. Tradition. Italian. Family.
Also, Alfredo has just finished a huge cave project at his winery… So much to do, and it’s all been on him and his family. This is very exciting news. What’s more exciting is Kevin Green’s background… a perfect fit for this Oregon Winery.
With a love of Pinot Noir and more than eight years in the wine industry, Kevin Green has joined Apolloni Vineyards as full-time assistant winemaker. His prior worldwide experience includes working in Burgundy, France and Central Atago, New Zealand. Most recently, Kevin was as an assistant winemaker and viticulturist at Montinore Estate. Green will be contributing to all aspects of winemaking at Apolloni, including the estate and leased vineyards, grape analysis, laboratory, wine fermenting, blending, bottling, and finishing. Green holds degrees in Winemaking and Viticulture from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, as well as a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Alfredo is quoted as saying, “We’re very pleased to have Kevin join our team. His extensive experience will complement our efforts to continuously improve our wines with craftsmanship that reflects our meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard.”
Kevin counters, “I am very excited to be part of a small, family-owned winery where tradition is a priority. My family has a century old farm, so winemaking for me is intuitive, and it brings me back to my roots and connection to the land.”
ABOUT APOLLONI VINEYARDS: Established in 1999, Apolloni Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard and winery. Part of the Willamette Valley AVA, the location provides superb microclimate soil, perfect for the cultivation of grapes for premium red and white wines. Totaling just over 90 acres, the vineyard site includes 30 acres of Pinot Noir, 15 acres of white varietals (Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay), one acre of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo as well as pear and hazelnut orchards. The vineyards are certified sustainable by the Oregon LIVE Viticulture and Salmon Safe programs. Apolloni also produces Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Rosé and sparkling wine, as well as a Super Tuscan style blend, sourced from outstanding sites in Walla Walla and Red Mountain in Eastern Washington.
Alfredo Apolloni developed his passion for winemaking as a young man, working at the family vineyard in Italy. These Italian roots have a strong influence on his winemaking style and attention to detail. The wines of Apolloni Vineyards represent the best of old world tradition, brought to the soil of Oregon, representing quality and excellence in viticulture through wine making. Alfredo, his wife Laurine and their three children share in this family adventure.
Apolloni Vineyards is located at 14135 NW Timmerman Road (Hwy 6 @Milepost 44), Forest Grove, Oregon. For more information and directions please visit www.apolloni.com or call 503.359.3606. The tasting room is open Thursday – Monday, 11:00 AM to 5 PM.