Salem's Bi-cultural Family Shares their Taste of the Willamette Valley Wine Country
Luis + Janice
As a bi-cultural family, the story of Luis & Janice begins from their separate family heritage and cultural backgrounds. Luis was born and raised in Mexico. He spent his early years helping his father growing vegetables and tending to the family livestock. At the age of 10 he decided that it was time that he should get a job and contribute to the family. He spent several years working near their family home, by the time he was 14 he ventured further seeking better opportunities and eventually found himself living in Oregon. Janice grew up in northern Idaho and had a normal small town upbringing. In the spring of 1979, while visiting family in Oregon, Janice and Luis met. By 1981 Luis and Janice were married and in December 1982 welcomed their first daughter to the family and their second daughter in 1985. Life sped by, but Luis still had a need to get back to his roots of farming.
In 1988 they purchased their first piece of property, a small 9 acre parcel which became the family home and later the original site of the family vineyard. From there they grew their business by planting 200 acres of Christmas trees and started a forestry contracting company. Early in 1997, the neighboring property came available, they decided to take the chance and put down more roots into the Southern Willamette Valley. Early in the winter of 1999 they planted their first Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vines. Now these many years later the vineyard is a mature 81 acres with 14 acres planted in the spring of 2015. The entire family is now actively involved in creating a legacy for generations to come and this is joyfully expressed in each cluster of grapes and every bottle of wine.