The Eyrie Vineyards Collection


This collection features archival photographs from The Eyrie Vineyards as part of the Oregon Wine History Archive. Some items were initially digitized as part of the Oregon Wine History Project™, a collaborative research venture from the Linfield Center for the Northwest.


Interview

With a degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis, David Lett moved to Oregon in 1965 in pursuit of the perfect vineyard site. The Eyrie Vineyards, were founded in 1966 by David and Diana Lett in the Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon. The Letts made Oregon Wine history, earning a little fame for the state after making the first American Pinot noir to compete successfully with the renowned Pinot Noirs of Burgundy in 1980. Jason Lett took on the positions of winemaker and vineyard manager in 2005, maintaining the family legacy.
In this interview, Diana Lett tells her side of the story; how she met David and what it was like to be a pioneer. She also addresses the community values of the Oregon industry and events such as Oregon Pinot Camp and the International Pinot Noir Celebration.


Photos

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David_20Lett_proof   David___Diana_harvest_1970   4   2   4.9   1974_jason_with_prunings  David__first_vines__bound_for_Willamette_Valley__1965


Documents

This collection features archival documents from The Eyrie Vineyards as part of the Oregon Wine History Archive. Some items were initially digitized as part of the Oregon Wine History Project™, a collaborative research venture from the Linfield Center for the Northwest.

09__Farm_News   1970_Pinot_gris_USAs_first_1   Beaune_Fax