As a child, our Founder and Vineyard Manager, David Nemarnik, played on the wine press once owned by his great-grandfather, Salvatore Dindia, a farmer and Produce Distributor in Portland at the turn of the 20th Century.  Family trips to Italy and Croatia nurtured an appreciation for the timeless way of life his European relatives have embraced for generations, one that celebrates wine as a part of life and culture.  Following a long career in the Produce business and inspired to grow and make hand-crafted, world class Pinot noir, David set out to find the right soil.  After many years of scouting the Willamette Valley, David eventually found what would become Alloro, while searching by bicycle.  Les and Pearl Longway had been farming this soil since the 1940s and recall how their farm equipment skipped over the hardened paths that crossed the land; paths used by native Americans as they traveled down the hillside to get water from Baker Creek.  Located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this 78 acre site is ideally situated in a very special, temperate mesoclimate.

Alloro Vineyard is 78 acres of uniquely contoured, loess-derived, Laurelwood soil.  Located on a southwest-facing slope in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains AVA, within the Willamette Valley, this very special place is the heart and soul of our wines and is personally cared for by Founder, David Nemarnik.  We are an artisan, limited-production producer and are 100% Estate, crafting all our wines from this single vineyard.  Our Burgundy trained, UC Davis educated Winemaker, Tom Fitzpatrick, is focused on producing elegant wines of balance, with character and soul, that capture the distinct personality of our terrior, the purity of its fruit, and  that delight and inspire.

THE ALLORO STORY

Tom Fitzpatrick joined Alloro as Winemaker and General Manager in the spring of 2010.  Tom brings with him a belief that a wine should be an expression of place at a moment in time.  He therefore strives to capture the unique personality of a site as it expresses itself in a particular vintage.

OUR WINEMAKER

OUR TEAM

In 1999, the vineyard was planted and David set out to build a Mediterranean-inspired Winery with traditional underground cellars and a tasting room, reminiscent of the buildings from his childhood visits to Italy.  David enlisted the help of Architect Larry Ferrar and the winery was completed in time for the 2003 harvest.

Alloro, Italian for laurel, is the evergreen plant said to symbolize immortality in ancient times and often used as a symbol for peace today.  Our estate vineyard and winery are located on Laurel Ridge in the Chehalem Mountains and the vineyard’s ancient basalt and loess soil is of Laurelwood Series.  Alloro was chosen  to reflect our founder’s Italian heritage and as a symbol of this very special place.

David Lopez is our Vineyard Foreman and oversees all day-to-day vineyard operations.  Nancy Clark is our Tasting Room Manager and works very hard to make sure your visit to Alloro is unforgettable.

WHO WE ARE

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Tom began his winemaking career with a small estate winery in Washington State.  After working for a short period with Hunter’s Wines in New Zealand , he and his wife settled in the Napa Valley, where he worked for Pine Ridge Winery and Napa Wine Company.  He earned his Masters degree in Viticulture & Enology

from UC Davis, contributing to Dr. Douglas Adams’ research on the origin, nature, and behavior of phenolic compounds in both grapes and wines.  Tom then went to work in Burgundy with Domaine Hubert Lignier in Morey-St-Denis, whose holdings include Grand Cru, Premier Cru, and Village vineyards in Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-St-Denis, and Gevrey-Chambertin. Tom and his wife finally settled in Oregon, where Tom worked as the Associate Winemaker for Hamacher Wines, before arriving at Alloro Vineyard in the spring of 2010.  They currently manage, farm, and live on their own vineyard, Élevée Vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills.