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The Northwest was once called "Oregon."

In the early 1800s the entire Pacific Northwest was known as “Oregon.” Lady Hill Wines respects this heritage by sourcing grapes from across the region.

Character.

There was a time when “Oregon Country” meant the entire Pacific Northwest. Running north from the border of California and taking in what is now Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia, “The Northwest” was one vast contiguous territory.

As a wine region, it still is.

With Northwest roots going back five generations, family-owned Lady Hill Winery makes hand-crafted wines from grapes grown only at the region’s finest vineyards and by the most experienced winegrowers—no matter where they are in the Northwest. Wine grapes, after all, know no borders.

Carefully fashioned with a love for the region, respect for the heritage of the land, and a commitment to preserve it for future generations, Lady Hill wines express the authentic spirit of the True Northwest.

Jerry and Elaine Owen invite you to take your own True Northwest journey through the varying expressions of Lady Hill wines.

 

 

 

The Zorn House

The Zorn House, adjacent to Lady Hill Winery, has been continually occupied by the Owen family since the 1850s, and is on the Register of National Historic Places.

Authenticity.

Lady Hill wines are crafted by individuals, not manufactured by processes. Our pledge is to deliver delicious wines that are unique Northwest expressions of classic European varieties and blends and which reflect the individual qualities of each vineyard source.

To fulfill this promise, Jerry Owen, winemaker Dan Duryee, and the Lady Hill Winery team carefully select each vineyard source and personally work with growers to make the best viticultural decisions for each vintage’s conditions.

Attentive winemaking ensures that every lot of hand-harvested grapes is individually vinified in slow, cool, small-batch fermentations and then matched to the best barrel type for its character. Rigorous tasting trials of all the barrels in the cellar result in final wines that are richly aromatic, texturally elegant, and which are true to their varietal character, blending style, and Northwest roots.

 

 

 

Henry Zorn

Henry Zorn, farmer, writer, community leader, and grandfather of Jerry Owen, outside his milk house on the family farm in the 1930s.

Stewardship and Heritage.

Responsibly managing and preserving the heritage and bounty of the Northwest is a foundation value for Lady Hill.

As the fifth generation to farm his family’s lands, Jerry Owen is committed to working only with winegrowers who cherish and carefully cultivate their vineyards and the quality of their fruit. Lady Hill Winery is proud to partner with some of the Northwest’s most respected and pioneering growers.

The Lady Hill tasting room and winery are situated on the same land where Jerry’s family has farmed since the 1850s. Located adjacent to the Champoeg State Heritage Area where Oregon’s first provisional government was founded in 1843, the Owen family is proud to bring the taste of true Northwest wines to Willamette Valley wine country visitors.

Next door to the winery is the Zorn House, built in 1862 and still the Owen family home. Called Lady Hill by the family, and on the National Register of Historic Places, this working farm offers seasonal produce from their farm stand, as well as Lady Hill wines in the adjacent winery tasting room.

Connecting people to the region’s land and history is a vital theme for Lady Hill Winery.

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