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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


The Lenné Estate logo can be seen in the winery's tasting room in Yahmill, Oregon. This image was taken during an oral history interview with Steve and Karen Lutz on June 24, 2016. The Lutzes were interviewed by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody.

Steve and Karen Lutz are the owners of Lenné Estate in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, founded in 2000. The Lutzes moved to the area in search of a site to grow Pinot Noir. Although the site seemed perfect for starting a vineyard, the soil quality turned out to be very poor. After a few rough years, their efforts finally began to pay off, and they have been producing high quality wines from the site ever since.


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Oregon Wine History Archive. Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.


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