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.
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.