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Founded in 1998, by husband and wife team Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars embodies the spirit and passion of a boutique producer specializing in Pinot Noir and old-vine Riesling from the northern Willamette Valley. Lynn continues to specialize with varieties such as Viognier and Syrah from Oregon’s Rogue and Columbia Valleys. With a portfolio spanning the whole of the Willamete Valley AVA and its six sub-AVAs, Penner-Ash sources from its renowned estate vineyard and well as some of the region’s most distinguished vineyards, including the Shea Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton, the Bramble Hill Vineyard in Ribbon Ridge, and the Zena Crown Vineyard in Eola-Amity.
The first woman winemaker hired in Oregon, Lynn began her career in the Willamette Valley with Rex Hill Vineyards in 1988. Often described as a master blender, Lynn skillfully works with each lot to bring forth the truest expression of a given vineyard site. In the winery, Lynn and her team focus on small-lot indigenous yeast fermentation with extended cold soaks to extract a rich, fruit-focused, textured mouth feel. Each lot is vinified separately then artistically crafted into nine single vineyard and three AVA wines or blended to create Lynn’s unique expression of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
In 2005, Lynn and Ron designed and built their sustainable, gravity-flow estate winery in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Surrounded by estate vineyards, the building appears to spring from the land itself and enjoys 360 degree views, making the Penner-Ash tasting room a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.