Anne Amie Willamette Valley
About Anne Amie
The Anne Amie story began in 1999 when Oregon businessman and philanthropist Dr. Robert Pamplin purchased 62 acres of land from Fred and Mary Benoit in Yamhill-Carlton. The own-rooted Müller-Thrugau vineyard that blankets the hillside leading up to the winery was planted by the Benoits in 1979, making it one of Willamette Valley’s oldest vineyards. While that Müller is still put to good use, today it’s Pinot (Gris, Blanc, and Noir) that reign supreme at Anne Amie Vineyards. With a second vineyard site in the Chehalem Mountains, the winery produces approximately 18,000 cases of estate grown, LIVE certified and Salmon Safe wine every year. Harvest begins early to maintain acidity, and vineyard yields are kept dramatically low to bring depth and complexity to the fruit.
An exciting new chapter began for the winery with the 2021 vintage and the arrival of winemakers Jay Somers and Kory Sumner. Jay built his reputation with the J. Christopher brand over the early 2000’s, and teamed up with Kory more recently for his J.C. Somers label. The duo could not be a more perfect pairing for Anne Amie Vineyards. Jay is well known for making wines with bright acidity and layers of complexity, which is exactly what Anne Amie drinkers have come to expect.
While still a hidden gem of the region, for those familiar with Willamette Valley and its tight knit network of small to smaller producers, Anne Amie Estates has long been a winery to watch. As the reputation of the region continues to evolve, the Anne Amie mission stays true to the vision of Willamette’s original winemaking pioneers: to make wines of terroir and distinction in the Burgundian tradition.