Soter Vineyards – a retrospective

Soter Vineyards at morning; photo by James Pipkin

A legendary influence on Oregon Pinot Noir and sparkling wine, seen through wines spanning 25 years. Above, the estate bathed in morning light (photo by James Pipkin). See also Tony Soter – the quiet consultant.

By the time Tony Soter started Soter Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1997, he already had more than 20 years of winemaking experience working for some of the top names in Napa Valley. (Come back tomorrow to read the full story.) Starting Soter Vineyards was different. It was the first time he had the ability to make every decision – from the...