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Special Vintage 40 release tasting, dinner planned



SUBMITTED PHOTO - Bill Fuller pictured at Tualatin Estate in 2013.

Bill Fuller, Oregon wine industry pioneer and founder of Tualatin Estate Vineyards, has returned to winemaking.

Fuller — who in the 1970s partnered with San Francisco banker Bill Malkmus to establish Tualatin Estate — now will release “Vintage 40,” 2013 Pinot Noir ($45) and 2013 Chardonnay ($35) to celebrate his 40th vintage in the Willamette Valley during a celebration Sept. 12. The wines will also be available for purchase at the Willamette Valley Vineyards tasting rooms and online. Fewer than 200 cases of each wine were produced.

“For the Vintage 40 wines, I selected by favorite blocks from Tualatin Estate Vineyards, which I began planting in 1973,” Fuller said. “I hope people will come see me on Sept. 12, as we will likely be harvesting Vintage 42 that day.”

Fuller, 78, retired from winemaking in 1997 after Tualatin Estate merged with Willamette Valley Vineyards. But, he joined the Willamette Valley Vineyards staff in 2013.

“We’ve enjoyed having Bill back in our cellar,” said Christine Collier, winery director for Willamette Valley Vineyards. “It is rewarding to see his passion and to operate the historic Tualatin Estate winery once again. We even have the original vineyard crew that worked with Bill helping make the wines. Our blending sessions for Vintage 40 continued for hours longer than usual as we intently listened to stories of how the early Oregon wine pioneers collaborated to make their first vintages and share them with the world.”

Willamette Valley Vineyards founder Jim Bernau, credits Fuller’s vision and early plantings at Tualatin Estate Vineyards for making the difference in his winery’s growth.

“Our wines have greatly benefited from the quality of the fruit from this site,” he said.

The Vintage 40 celebration Sept. 12 at Tualatin Estate includes a tasting event from noon-5 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the tasting event are $20 per person or $10 for wine club members and shareholders, and include the limited releases, food pairings from Maggie’s Buns and live music. Tickets to the dinner are $65 per person ($55 for wine club members and shareholders) and include a four-course meal by Maggie’s Buns paired with Vintage 40 wines.

Reservations for both events may be made by calling 503-588-9463 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tualatin Estate Vineyard is located at 10850 N.W. Seavey Road in Forest Grove.

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