We are so excited for our Winter Winemaker’s Dinner Series and sharing our kitchen for a fun and informative demonstration cooking class all about pairing Oregon wines with seasonal food! For this dinner, we welcome winemaker Chris Mazepink.
More About White Walnut Estate
White Walnut Estate is a USDA Certified Organic & Demeter Certified Biodynamic vineyard rooted in the epicenter of Oregon’s heralded Dundee Hills. Formerly a walnut orchard, the property had been unattended for several generations and was completely overgrown with bramble when Chris Mazepink purchased the site in 2013. Chris sensed the potential of the property to become one of Oregon’s premier vineyard sites—- after all, the site abuts the estate vineyards of legendary Oregon wineries Domaine Drouhin and Archery Summit.
Chris and his sons, Archer and Charles, cleared the land, by hand, in the summer of 2014 and then planted it to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 2015 and 2016. They preserved the remaining walnut trees on the property that continue to produce fruit and are now well over 70 years old, standing stoic amongst the vines. At 6.3 planted acres of vineyard, the flavors expressed in the first three harvests are remarkably complex in aroma, flavor and texture while also pulsing with energy. It’s this energy, this life force of both vine and land, that winemaker Chris Mazepink strives to cultivate in the farm, the winery and then deliver to your table.