Ken & Grace Evenstad : From Oregon to Burgundy
April 2015

Ken & Grace Evenstad : From Oregon to Burgundy

Santenay, France - Grace and Ken Evenstad, Founders of Domaine Serene Winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, are bringing their passion for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay full circle to Burgundy. The Evenstads just purchased Château de la Crée, a Côte d'Or, Burgundy wine estate, owning vineyard property in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay, and Maranges. The vineyards are planted both to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, several are designated Premier Cru, and there are two unique Monopoles.

"Owning and farming legendary vineyards in Burgundy is a dream come true for us" says Ken Evenstad. "We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make our own wines from famous vineyards like Morgeot in Chassagne-Montrachet, Clos des Angles in Volnay, and La Garenne in Puligny-Montrachet where world class wines have been made for centuries."

The Evenstads' involvement in Château de la Crée is driven by their long-time passion for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The new owners will be highly immersed in their Burgundy project, bringing over 25 years of luxury wine branding, viticulture and winemaking expertise. The Evenstads plan to introduce the Château de la Crée brand to new markets, including establishing an expanded presence in the United States. There are future plans in discussion to create a prestige label offering a curated collection of the Evenstads' most prized bottlings. This latest endeavor brings Grace and Ken a new opportunity to further develop their expertise in their favorite varietals and to "discover" a new terroir from the place that inspired their winemaking pursuit over 25 years ago.