A Grower of Wine

Tony Soter helped set the course for Napa Cabernet before championing Pinot Noir in California and ultimately Oregon

A Grower of Wine
Soter’s Mineral Springs Vineyard in Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton AVA is planted to Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. (Celeste Noche)
From the Jun 30, 2022, issue

Winemaker, farmer, mentor—Tony Soter is all those things. One of the most respected winemakers in the business, he helped lay the groundwork for modern Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1980s, working with wineries such as Chappellet, Shafer, Spottswoode and Dalla Valle, only to walk away from it all in 2006 to move to his native Oregon to make Pinot Noir in Willamette Valley. Read more about Soter's story and his plans for the future, and get scores and tasting notes for his latest releases. 

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