Statera Cellars is owned and operated by two friends, Meredith Bell and Luke Wylde. Our mission is to make delicious, honest Chardonnay from the most distinct vineyards in our region. We are the first winery in the Willamette Valley to exclusively make Chardonnay—we love the grape and want to showcase its potential and diversity in the Pacific Northwest. Our wines are made using natural and traditional winemaking practices, resulting in wines that are compelling and markedly alive.
Corral Creek Vineyard
We have a special relationship with this vineyard: Both Luke and Meredith worked harvests with Harry & Wynne Peterson-Nedry at Chehalem Wines in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
Planted in 1983, Chardonnay at Corral Creek is Dijon clone on sedimentary, Laurelwood soil located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Their swale-like curved rows produce the only southern-facing fruit in Statera’s program. Like all of Chehalem’s vineyards, Corral Creek is conscientiously and meticulously farmed without the use of herbicides. Chardonnay planted on this site produces multi-layered wines that are expressive of each vintage and yet quintessentially Corral Creek.
Anderson Family Vineyard
Because of its unique soil composition, this organic, dry-farmed vineyard produces distinct wines in the Dundee Hills AVA; the basalt ribbon that runs through its steep slope adds to the wine’s character.
First planted by Cliff and Allison Anderson in 1992, Anderson Family Vineyard produces fruit that is rich and deep, which gives the wine an incredible aging potential.
As a Demeter-certified BiodynamicTM vineyard, Johan Vineyards is committed to growing fruit naturally on silt loam soils. They regard the entire farm as a living organism that finds health and beauty in biodiversity. This picturesque site within the Willamette Valley AVA also benefits from the cooling winds of the Van Duzer Corridor.
Being the coldest site in our program, this incredible vineyard produces wines with consistent salinity and a mineral focus.
Belle Pente Vineyard
Planted on a steep South-West facing hillside in 1999 by Brian and Jill O’Donnell, the Biodynamically farmed, Espiguette 352 Clone of Chardonnay is prized fruit in the Willamette Valley. Located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Belle Pente is our first vineyard planted to the famous Willakenzie soil composed of Ancient uplifted marine sediment.
The wine from the vineyard was fermented in a single neutral puncheon and fewer than 50 cases were produced.