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February 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special afternoon celebrating one of the best wineries in America!

THE EYRIE VINEYARDS CELEBRATION, recognizing the 55th anniversary of the first plantings of Pinot Noir in Willamette Valley

On February 22, 1965, David Lett bent the arc of wine history when the first Pinot Noir went into the ground in the Willamette Valley.

As the first one to defiantly dismiss the so-called ‘experts’ that said Pinot Noir couldn’t grow successfully in Willamette Valley, he and his wife Diana planted the first Pinot Noir vines in what is now considered one of the top (if not the top) wine region for Pinot Noir in the world.

Join us in a celebration of Papa Pinot, David Lett, and the history of his legendary winery and family as we taste through an amazing array of wines (some never before in Minnesota) including the “Original Vines” Pinot Noir from the historic first planting. 

Displays and photos will tell you the story, along with extensive maps and handouts and knowledge from those pouring the wines for you. The format is walk-around, giving you the chance to take your time and learn about this amazing winery. 

“So many hopes and dreams are held in these fragile leaves and tender shoots which seemed a few months ago to be only dead sticks pushed into the Oregon mud. I cannot help but feel now that success will be ours – there seems such a harmony between the earth, the sun, the cool breezes, the ranging predators which have so far kept injury from my vines, and myself and feeble scratching to keep away thirsty weeds and produce an occasional wetting. The vines seem now to be individual beings, each possessing for itself the same confidence which I have in them. I hope that the pervading spirit never leaves either of us.”

David Lett
Journal entry, July 1965


February 22
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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