Willamette Valley Vineyards expands

Publicly-traded company will break ground on new vineyard in Eola Hills.

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Publicly-traded Willamette Valley Vineyards will break ground on a new vineyard in Eola Hills this weekend.

It will be 50 acres and named Elton Vineyards.

Willamette Valley Vineyards has contract-managed the family-owned Elton property since 2007. Owners Dick and Betty O’Brien plan to sell the location to WVV as part of their will, with proceeds directed to Oregon State University and Chemeketa Community College to support viticulture and winemaking programs. New plantings will soon total 230 acres of Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes.

Elton Vineyards holds LIVE and Salmon-Safe certifications that hold operations to certain levels of environmental sustainability.

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

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