Wine Star Ken Wright: Oregon Pioneer on Family, Geology & Pinot Noir


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The New York Wine Experience (NYWE) is a three-day celebration of great wine organized by the Wine Spectator. It’s an opportunity to taste wine from the world’s best wine makers. The wines almost all come directly out of producers personal … Continue reading

Ken’s 2015 Harvest Letter


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October 31st, 2015 Dear Friends, We have been blessed with receiving quite fortunate press over the last year. The cover of Wine Spectator last May, with the accompanying in depth article by Harvey Steiman, brought well deserved international attention to … Continue reading

Meet Chef Abby McManigle


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For years Ken and Karen Wright have provided lunch for their staff every day. Karen herself would come in and prepare a home cooked meal in the winery. This was the norm for years, dinning outside beneath the shade of … Continue reading

Thank You Friends


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Dear Friends,       Just a quick note to thank everyone for the terrific support we had regarding the 2014 vintage. As those who visited us during our open house mentioned, the numerous vineyards we tasted from barrels showed … Continue reading

Ken’s 2014 Harvest Letter


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Audio Version: 2014 Harvest Letter November 4, 2014 Dear Friends,     We produced the # 1 wine on the planet per Wine Enthusiast this year, but please read on…      As those who live here know, we experienced one … Continue reading

2014 Company Pruning Day

It’s that time of year again. The vineyards are busy with workers pruning and preparing for this year’s growing season. The KWC staff is not exempt from this hard work. On March 21st all KWC employees met at the Savoya vineyard to prune the company block. After a hearty meal, a few sips of bourbon and a quick tutorial from vineyard managers Mark Gould, Taylor Varuska and Seth Miller the company set out with clippers in hand. The company spent the sunny afternoon making thoughtful cuts, pulling old brush from the trellis system and then tipping and tying the new cane to the wire.

Chemeketa & Yamhill-Carlton High School Viticulture Video

Click on the picture below to watch a new video on the Chemeketa and Yamhill Carlton High Shool Viticulture Program!

Chemeketa and Yamhill Carlton High School Viticulture Program



2014 Augustan Producer Tour


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Last month Ken had the honor to be a part of the 2014 Augustan Producer Tour in Florida. This tour was a unique tasting experience where customers were able to interact with winery founders and winemakers and taste hundreds of … Continue reading

Changes at the Tasting Room

As many of you know, the Ken Wright tasting room is located in the old Carlton train depot on Pine Street. Ken and Karen Wright kept most of the original structure and look of the train depot when they bought it and renovated it over 10 years ago. In addition to its role of a tasting room it now serves as an historic icon for Carlton. Up until recently the back side of the building was a rotting wood loading dock that served no purpose to the business or its customers. It has now transformed into a cool new space complete with an ipe wood deck, fresh cement and pavers, beautiful landscaping, and three unique fire pits. It is still to be determined exactly how this new space will be utilized, but eventually Ken wants it to become a fun new place for people to visit. There has been talk of live music and tasty drinks and eats… but stay tuned for an official announcement. A big thank you to Kris Stubberfield and everyone who helped make this happen!