Our family moved to the site of our estate vineyard in September of 1985. After spending many years of raising polled Hereford cows and horses, the idea took root that someday it would be exciting to join the pioneers of Oregon wine making and celebrate the ideal growing conditions of the Chehelam Mountains AVA by planting our own Pinot Noir vines. Our property sits at an elevation of 526 feet. The combination of it's southeast exposure, rocky Jory soil, and gentle slope make for a superb location for a vineyard.
Unfortunately, life had other ideas... raising three daughters, taking care of two busy businesses, and commitments to friends and our community forced us to set aside the dream for many years.
Fast forward to 2011; the dream came to fruition when we planted our vines. In 2014 we spent many weekends repurposing our equine barn into our winery, bottle cellar, and barrel cellar. It was a labor of love, but Roy Orbison had it right... Love Hurts! 2015 was our first harvest and yielded well-structured beautiful fruit. All four estate clones, Dijon 777, Dijon 667, Dijon 828, and Pommard went into our 2015 cuvees. Each year our fruit has matured, and we have found our identity as wine growers. We are excited for the future and look forward to many years bottling fine wine.
The winemaker for Anbrila Winery is Dr. Margaret Boone. Born on a family farm in Kansas, Magi spent much of her childhood living in the mountains of Colorado. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1978. After attending college at Lewis and Clark and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, she spent two years working in an immunology - virology lab at OHSU doing research. In 1986 she entered dental school and went on to earn her DMD. She has been a practicing dentist since 1989.
The nexus of art and science that led her to a career in dentistry is the same one that drew her to wine making. Her life long passion for horticulture only made the roll of a winery owner that much sweeter. Magi will be the first to say that she owes much of her success to our neighbors and dear friends Mike and Cara Hallock. Mike, the owner of Carabella Vineyard (www.carabellawine.com), has been a mentor, a coach, and sounding board... sharing his immense knowledge of all things wine whenever asked.
Magi is continuing her professional education and is currently enrolled in the viticulture and wine making programs at Chemekata Community College. For her, it is all about honoring the tradition of Oregon's winemakers and producing quality wine that will delight all of those who drink of it.
The general and business operations for Anbrila are managed by Rob Fernandez. Rob grew up in California. He came north to Oregon in 1977 to attend Lewis and Clark College and play collegiate soccer; he never looked back. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Rob spent 11 years working working for IBM. After earning his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Rob left IBM and has been involved with two technology start ups, one of which he sold and one of which he runs today in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Rob applies his love of business to the financial operations and marketing for the company. In addition to the back room, Rob led the construction of the winery and takes care of the machinery, vessels, and facility.
Alonzo has been with Anbrila since day one. In 2014 he took over as vineyard manager and runs all of the day to day care for our estate vineyard. Alonzo studied law enforcement at Portland State before beginning his career in vineyard management. He is a graduate of Chemeketa Community College viticulture program and is involved managing some of the largest and most valuable vineyards in the region.
We love meeting our customers, so please feel free to contact us an set up an appointment to visit the vineyard and winery.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WINERY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR VISITS DUE TO COVID
16530 SW Edminston Road Wilsonville, OR 97070
Tasting Saturday and Sunday: By appointment