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New Owners of Vidon Vineyard Invite Community to Share in the Triumphs of Their First Year, Including Appointing First Black Woman to Oversee a Winery Nationally and Successful Harvest Season while Supporting Our Legacy Harvested
Vidon Crew (clockwise Erin Allen, Tiquette Bramlett, David Bellows, Dru Allen), Photo Foundry 503
NEWBERG, Ore. (Nov. 16, 2021) – Vidon Vineyard’s new owners, Dru and Erin Allen, will celebrate a remarkable first year with a weekend of wine tastings featuring paired bites, music, anniversary wine packages and more from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21. The winery, located in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, will honor the successes of the past year, including appointing the first Black woman to oversee a winery in the country, raising funds for Our Legacy Harvested, and accolades including Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Under 40.”
Vidon invites the community to raise a glass in celebration of the first anniversary of its new stewardship with the release of its new 2017 Saturn Syrah, tastings of its anniversary wine packages, paired bites from Biscuits and Pickles local catering, live music and more. Tickets are available now on Vidon’s website for $35 per person and Tock. A percentage of each ticket will benefit Our Legacy Harvested, a nonprofit founded by Tiquette Bramlett, president of Vidon, supporting the education, advancement and empowerment of the BIPOC community within the wine industry.
Anniversary Weekend Menu
(Anniversary flight with paired bites)
2017 Estate Chardonnay
Apple cider roasted turkey, crisp sweet onion rings, caramelized pumpkin brioche,
2017 Melange Pinot Noir
Crispy eggplant, late summer tomato conserva, aioli, confit garbanzo beans
2017 3-Clones Pinot Noir
Truffle-braised lamb shank, white bean cassoulet, crisp parmesan
2017 Saturn Syrah
“Mull”igan (mulled wine)
Winter spiced dark chocolate truffle
Anniversary bundles are available now through Sunday, Nov. 21, for pick-up or shipping, including:
- 2017 Estate Chardonnay
- 2017 3-Clones Pinot Noir
- “Mull”igan Red Wine with Spice
- 6-Pack: $180.00
- 1 x 2017 Estate Chardonnay
- 1 x 2017 Melange Pinot Noir
- 2 x 2017 3-Clones Pinot Noir
- 2 x “Mull”igan Red Wine with Spice
- 6-Pack Mystery Bundle: $300.00 (only six available)
Dru & Erin Allen, Vidon owners (Photo – Foundry 503)
Vidon Vineyard was acquired by Erin and Dru Allen in November 2020, who were drawn to the vineyard’s stunning wines and breathtaking views from its hillside tasting room. The Allens appointed Tiquette Bramlett as President in March 2021, the first Black woman to oversee a winery in the country, drawn to her passion for accessibility and diversity within the wine industry as the founder of Our Legacy Harvested. Throughout the past year, Bramlett has worked closely with the Allens to advance Vidon’s mission of responsibly growing diversity, inclusivity, and community through wine.
“Wine tastings should be accessible, inclusive, and most of all fun,” said Bramlett. “We encourage everyone to visit our winery to learn more about what makes Oregon wines special and to share and enjoy our estate wines. We’re proud to support Our Legacy Harvested and all that it stands for: bringing more BIPOC individuals into Oregon’s wine industry and fostering a welcoming community within this industry.”
In August, Bramlett was selected as one of the 2021 Wine Enthusiast “40 Under 40 Tastemakers,” recognizing the best winemakers, brewers, beverage directors, grape growers and others changing the beverage industry. In their first year at Vidon, the Allens have built an all-star team, successfully completed their first harvest season and have hosted a variety of events, including a popular “Raising the Temp!” Oregon Tempranillo festival in October, which brought together 12 Oregon wineries. Vidon’s new wine club offers three customizable memberships, with more information available at https://vidonvineyard.com/
“This first year has been filled with so many journeys along paths both well-traveled and new,” said Dru Allen. “We had no idea what we had in store when we started, and frankly we’re quite sure we haven’t figured it out yet. What we do know is this: harvest was a blur, although we’re told successful; experimenting with vessels, varietals, winemaking decisions and élevage is exciting and requires a lot of patience; this community is full of incredible people; we have an amazing team around us; and we have an opportunity to create a more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming place for us all to live.”
Our Legacy Harvested was founded in 2020 by Bramlett, working with BIPOC individuals at any career level to advance knowledge and expertise in the wine community. The funds raised for Our Legacy Harvested support its long-term goal to build a campus to host pop-up events, fundraisers, dinners, educational seminars, and to foster the growing and evolving BIPOC wine community. Our Legacy Harvested will launch its first internships in Spring 2022.
ABOUT VIDON VINEYARD
Vidon Vineyard brings a delightfully unconventional approach to everything it does: a bold mission to make the wine community a more welcoming and diverse place, its unique Chehalem Mountain vineyard varietals, the unconstrained yet balanced estate wines, and hillside tasting room which offers a first-hand look at the winemaking action. The Vidon philosophy is sustainable and minimalist. Both the vineyard and winery are certified under the LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) program and Salmon Safe, and every step in the process is done gently, mostly by hand. Founded in 1999 by Don and Vicki Hagge with a commitment to intentionally unconventional winemaking, Vidon Vineyard uses a traditional hands-off approach, allowing the unique microexpressions of the vineyard to come through in the final vintage. Lured into the winegrowing business by the Willamette Valley wine community’s commitment to sharing, kinship, teaching and quality, in November 2020, Erin and Dru Allen purchased Vidon Vineyard. Drawn to the Vineyard’s stunning wines and breathtaking views, they knew they had found the perfect place to facilitate their dream. Vidon’s current head winemaker is Dr. David Bellows, a former yeast biologist who also made the 2017 and 2018 vintages. The Allens hired Tiquette Bramlett in spring of 2021 as President to oversee the vineyard’s operations and ensure every aspect advances Vidon’s mission of responsibly growing diversity, inclusivity, and community through wine. Vidon Vineyard is located at 17425 NE Hillside Dr in Newberg, OR, and is open for indoor and outdoor tastings by appointment only. To schedule a reservation, call 503-538-4092. Find more information at https://vidonvineyard.com/ and sign up for the newsletter. Follow us on Instagram at @vidonwine or Facebook at @Vidonwinery.