Left Coast Cellars is one the Willamette Valley’s rising stars. A bucolic parcel of land purchased in 2003, by founders Suzanne Larson and Robert Pfaff, today represents a remarkable transformation guided by a unified vision devoted to sustainability of the land and the production, with care and patience, of wines of the highest quality that intrinsically reflect their unique terroirs.
Serendipity led Viticulturist and General Manager, Luke McCollum, from highly visible positions in Napa Valley to Oregon, where he was offered the opportunity to develop and expand a wine estate from the ground up. Together, Luke and the Pfaff family over the last 12 years have sculpted rolling Oregon countryside into one of the Willamette Valley’s most beautiful wineries, aided by Winemaker, Joe Wright who joined the Left Coast Cellars team in 2011.
With an eye toward building a lasting and enduring legacy for generations to come, growth is still on the Pfaff family’s horizon. There is no doubt that Left Coast Cellars will continue to evolve into an emblematic winery for premium, estate-grown Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.
Left Coast Cellars Estate is one of the largest contiguous vineyards in the Willamette Valley, spanning 350 acres, with approximately 150 acres under vine including Pinot Noir (61%), Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Syrah, and Viognier. The vineyard is divided into eight unique microclimates, each with its own set of characteristics based on soil type, exposure and elevation ranging from 225 ft to 510 t above sea level. There is not one terroir at Left Coast Cellars but many, allowing our wines to showcase multiple personalities of Willamette Valley wines, bound together through the thoughtful work of Luke McCollum in the vineyard and Joe Wright in the cellar. Left Coast Cellars is known for its cooler micro-climate, owing to its location at the head of the Van Duzer Corridor, an east-west valley that creates a break in the coast range of mountains that shields most of the Willamette Valley from the Pacific Ocean. This break allows cool marine breezes and ample fog to penetrate deeply into our part of the Willamette Valley, whereas in other parts of the Willamette Valley, this is not the case. Being in the Van Duzer Corridor helps preserve natural acidity, and adds vibrancy and freshness to all Left Coast Cellars wines. Our soil composition is mostly marine sediment, with some broken volcanic soils at the higher elevations and some alluvial wash from the Missoula Floods, including giant erratic boulders, unique to Left Coast Cellars.