Historical Note

Myron Redford moved to Amity, Oregon after learning wine making in the early 1970s from Lloyd Woodburne and Neal Peck while working for them at the Associated Vintners Winery in Bellevue, Washington. That initial job was fortuitous happenstance; because of a chance placement of diners at the University of Washington’s Faculty Club in 1970, Redford overheard Woodburne and Peck talking about their winery. He interrupted and asked to visit, which led to a part-time job, and for the next three years he learned wine making under these two pioneers.

In 1974, Redford and his partner Janis Checchia purchased an existing vineyard in Amity, Oregon. The original owners of the property had planted Pinot noir and Riesling vines in 1971 and 1972, and Redford “fell in love with the view and the way the vineyard was situated” (Myron Redford, July 2010). The next two years were spent learning farming and preparing for their first vintage of wine. Redford built the winery himself in 1976, and while the winery was still under construction, he and his wife produced Amity Vineyards’ first commercial wine. In 1980, Amity Vineyards’ Pinot noirs won several awards, the first of many to come. Redford became the first U.S. producer of true Gamay Noir in 1988, and Amity Vineyards is still the leader with this variety. In 1990, they produced Oregon’s first sulfite-free wine from organically grown grapes. In 1995, Redford was again ahead of the times, recognizing Oregon’s potential to produce excellent Pinot Blanc, when he grafted all of Amity’s Chardonnay and switched to Pinot Blanc. Today, Amity Vineyards is a small, family-run operation, on 15 acres of land, with a production capacity of roughly 34,000 gallons annually. Amity’s philosophy is that wine should be shared with family and friends. Redford looks to the future of wine growing in Oregon, believing that “the real soul and passion of the industry is the young people trying to find their way in” (Myron Redford, July 2010).

Collection Description

Some items in this collection were initially digitized as part of the Oregon Wine History Project™, a collaborative research venture from the Linfield Center for the Northwest. For additional historical background and collection inventory, please see the Guide to the Amity Vineyards Collection 1974-2003.

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Images from 2010

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Amity Vineyards Library Wines Price Sheet, Myron Redford (circa 1998)

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Amity Vineyards Wine Fact Sheet, Myron Redford (circa 1990 or 1991)

Images from 2006

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2003 Amity Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 2004

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Amity Vineyards 2002 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 2003

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Amity Vineyards 2001 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 2002

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Amity Vineyards 1997 Oregon Select Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 2001

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Amity Vineyards 1999 Estate Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 2000

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Amity Vineyards 1998 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1999

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Amity Vineyards 1997 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1998

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Amity Vineyards 1983 Oregon Pinot Noir Release Announcement, Myron Redford

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Amity Vineyards 1996 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1997

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Amity Vineyards 1995 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1994

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Amity Vineyards 1991 Estate Bottled Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

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Amity Vineyards 1992 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1993

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Amity Vineyards 1991 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1992

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Amity Vineyards 1990 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1991

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Amity Vineyards 1989 Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

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Amity Vineyards Export Price List, Myron Redford

Images from 1990

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Amity Vineyards 1985 Estate Bottled Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

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Amity Vineyards 1988 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1989

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Amity Vineyards 12th Annual Pinot Noir Release Invitation (Back), Amity Vineyards

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Amity Vineyards 12th Annual Pinot Noir Release Invitation (Front), Amity Vineyards

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Amity Vineyards 1986 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Information Sheet, Myron Redford

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Amity Vineyards Information Sheet, Myron Redford

Images from 1988

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Amity Claims Consumer "Best of Show" at Newport Wine Fest (Press Release), Amity Vineyards

Images from 1982

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Amity Vineyards 1978 Pinot Noir Order Form, Myron Redford

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Amity Vineyards 1978 Winemakers Reserve Oregon Pinot Noir Release Announcement, Myron Redford

Images from 1981

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Amity Vineyards News, November 1981, Myron Redford

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Release and Tasting of Amity Vineyards 1979 Oregon Pinot Noir, Myron Redford

Images from 1980

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Amity Vineyards News, September 1980, Amity Vineyards

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Dinner Menu, 1980, Greatest of the Grape Committee

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1978 Estate Bottled Yamhill County Pinot Noir Order Form, Myron Redford

Images from 1979

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Greatest of the Grape Program (Cover), Greatest of the Grape Committee

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Greatest of the Grape Program (Page 1), Greatest of the Grape Committee

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Greatest of the Grape Program (Page 2), Greatest of the Grape Committee

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Greatest of the Grape Program (Page 3), Greatest of the Grape Committee

Images from 1978

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Amity Vineyards Scrapbook 3, Amity Vineyards

Images from 1977

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Amity Vineyards Scrapbook 1, Amity Vineyards

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Amity Vineyards Scrapbook 2, Amity Vineyards

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1977 Wine Festival Results, Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest

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Enological Society 1977 Wine Festival Flyer, Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest

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1976 Pinot Noir Nouveau Release Flyer, Myron Redford, Janis Checchia, and Ione Redford

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Amity Vineyards Winery Opening Invitation, Myron Redford, Janis Checchia, and Ione Redford

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Letter from Tom Stockley to Myron Redford, Tom Stockley

Images from 1976

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Amity Vineyards Scrapbook 4, Amity Vineyards