A New Winery at the Starting Gate

Larry Stone's Lingua Franca Oregon Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays look promising
A New Winery at the Starting Gate
Larry Stone is developing a 66-acre vineyard and 18,000-case winery for Lingua Franca. (Harvey Steiman)
Oct 11, 2016

Longtime top sommelier and winery consultant Larry Stone told me his Lingua Franca Vineyard covered 66 acres in Willamette Valley. But when I visited last week, I was still unprepared for the size of Lingua Franca's long, low winery adjacent to it. Still a construction zone, the 18,000-case facility is big for Oregon, where they usually count Pinot Noir labels in the hundreds of cases.

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