Reserved for our GOLD tour or Diamond tours, Willamette Valley cult wines can be some of the most expensive and cellar-worthy wines in America.
In a way, all Oregon wines can be considered cult, with tiny production, and relatively high price point.
What makes Willamette Valley cult wineries different from others?
Unlike traditional wineries, Willamette Valley cult wineries aren’t multi-generational family businesses. Instead, they are founded by newer, innovative, passionate winemakers.
Willamette Valley cult wineries produce wines from smaller vineyards, resulting in extremely limited production - an average of 100-1000 cases annually. The overall Oregon average is 5000 cases.
Additionally, most Willamette Valley cult wineries are not known, which creates an air of mystery around them. Even though most offer tasting experiences to the public, these cult wineries stay off the radar, and are very approachable.
Why are Willamette Valley cult wines so expensive?
Because of limited production quantities, Willamette Valley cult wines are tough to source.
Also, since these high-quality wines are highly-regarded among wine critics, wine lovers are ready to offer huge amounts to buy a fine cult bottle.
Besides, if stored properly, Willamette Valley cult wines can age gracefully for decades, developing delicious nuances while still keeping their black cherry and dark fruit & berry flavors intact.
So, naturally, their prices increase dramatically with age.