Ken Wright Cellars

Ken and Karen Wright

Ken and Karen Wright

Located in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to single vineyard Pinot Noir that showcase the terroir of some of the Willamette Valley's top vineyards. Assiduous attention is paid to optimal site selection and vineyard health. Source is everything. When you work with great sites, great things can happen. These great things cannot happen without a commitment by the Vineyard owner to the health of the vineyard and extremely low crop levels that ensure intensity of aroma, flavor and texture. Certain things in this world are better left alone. Minimal handling of the wine is essential to preserve what it is, a gift of nature. This winemaking philosophy defines Ken Wright Cellars. Ken Wright is very active in local charities and was instrumental in organizing the six new American Viticultural Areas that define the Northern Willamette Valley. Ken wrote the proposition for the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and served as the association's first President.




236 N Kutch St., Carlton, 97111

Wine Maker

Ken Wright






Columbia Gorge, Dundee Hills, McMinnville District, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton

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Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

A blend of lots from our traditional vineyard designated sites. While not as cmplexx as the vineyard designated offerings this is a wine produced for near term consumption with soft tannins and an immediately appealing aroma and flavor profile.All of the fruit sources were farmed to our exacting standards. Aging for 10 months in neutral french oak. 

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Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Blanc

This marriage of Freedom Hill and Meredith Mitchell provides tremendous complexity and vibrant minerality.

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Ken Wright Cellars Chardonnay

The  Celilo Vineyard  is a unique vineyard situated on a 1,000 foot bluff overlooking the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. It lies on the south face of Mount Underwood, which is currently an inactive volcano. The soil is pulverized basalt, extremely porous and loose, which promotes deep rooting. The vineyard was planted in 1983 using Wente clone. Unlike the Chardonnay grown in the hot eastern desert of Washington, this is a much cooler site. As a result, the fruit retains more acidity and the wine displays a clean mineral character with an expansive texture.

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Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Canary Hill

Canary Hill Vineyard Winemakers comments: Focused cherry and cola based aromatics. Bright acidity that keeps the wine lively on the palate. Tannins are very well integrated making the wine quite forward. Lots of higher register aromas making this the soprano of our offerings. Eola-Amity Hills AVA (volcanic). 1983 planting. Owned by Ken and Karen Wright.

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Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Carter

Black cherry, chocolate and leather aromatics. More tannin than most of our sites along with good acidity. This structure provides for effortless aging. Bright plum, blueberry and cocoa on the palate. Eola Amity Hills AVA (volcanic). 1983 planting. Long term lease by Ken and Karen Wright.

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Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Guadalupe

The first vineyard each year to ripen, Guadalupe has deep red and blue fruits dominated by  blueberry, plum and black raspberry.  

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Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Savoya

Complex flavors that mirror the nose and a forward mouthfeel with less acidity than the volcanic sites. Yamhill-Carlton AVA (sedimentary). 1999 planting. Owned by Ken and Karen Wright.

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