A Sense of Place
Some buildings are more than just structures. The special ones give you a sense of place, a feel for the heart of the people who live and work in them, a tactile sense of the terrain on which they are built. Just as a good wine makes us experience the world through our senses, tasting the earth, air and water from which the fruit came, to step inside an extraordinary building is to gain a deeper experience of the world around you. The Penner-Ash winery, completed in 2005, is such a place. Nestled into a hillside overlooking the Chehalem Valley, the building seems to spring from the land itself and reflects our values, spirit and winemaking philosophy. Embraced by 80 acres of land, the winery is stepped into the hillside on three levels and positioned to take full advantage of the breathtaking and expansive views of the Chehalem Valley bounded by the Chehalem Mountains to the north and the Red Hills of Dundee to the south. The surrounding property is planted with 15 acres of Pinot Noir grapes.
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars embodies the spirit and passion of small producers focusing on Pinot Noir in the northern Willamette Valley, Oregon. After working for some of Napa’s premier wineries and Rex Hill Vineyards in Oregon, Lynn Penner-Ash teamed up with husband Ron Penner-Ash to launch Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in 1998. In the winery, the focus is on small lot indigenous yeast fermentation with extended cold soaks to extract a rich, fruit-focused textured mouth feel. Each lot is treated individually and depending on the outcome, either blended into a reserve quality Willamette Valley Pinot Noir or bottled separately as a vineyard designate. Although the focus is Pinot Noir, Penner-Ash also produces limited quantities of Syrah, Riesling and Viognier sourced from warmer growing regions in Rouge River Valley to the south and the Columbia River Gorge to the northeast of the Willamette Valley. A sustainable three-level gravity winery building is sited within the Estate Vineyard.