Our Wines: Unruly, Wild
Carefully managed Oregon grapes are fermented using native, ‘wild’ yeasts. We think this makes a more complex wine and produces the greatest expression of the terroir. We generally use a minimum of new oak to maintain focus on the fruit and strive to create Pinot Noir that is elegant, nuanced and cellar-worthy.
Our Pinot Noir is sourced from several wonderful vineyards from various AVAs within the north Willamette Valley. We also make small amounts of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley, Tempranillo from the Umpqua Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends from Walla Walla. Our Jezebel wines are approachable, fruit-forward wines perfect for everyday drinking and include a white blend and a pinot noir.
Our Winemaker: Determined, Pertinacious
As the saying goes, "where there's a will, there's a way," and owner/winemaker Pam Walden is nothing if not willful. Her intention has always been to live life to the fullest, with a strong work ethic and independent spirit that embraces the unknown.
Pam has been making wine in Oregon for over twenty years, starting with the creation of Daedalus Cellars with her then partner Aron Hess in 2000. She created Willful Wines starting with the 2011 vintage using the first crop from the vineyard that they planted in the Dundee Hills. After Aron died tragically young at the beginning of 2013, Pam sold the vineyard to be able to spend more time with her two young boys. Our production facility is now in NE Portland and we currently produce around 7000 cases annually. Read more about Pam's story here.