Jesse Lange of Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards
Thirty years ago, Don and Wendy Lange founded their winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley. The year 1987 marked the Langes’ first vintage and consisted of the three varietals they embrace today: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. New-world pioneers in the production of Pinot Gris, Lange Estate was the first to release a barrel-fermented reserve – an effort Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator calls “a bench-mark bottling.” Don Lange’s work as a winemaker has been termed “brilliant” by Hugh Johnson, and the Wine Enthusiast proclaimed Lange Estate to be “one of the great Pinot Noir producers in the United States.”
Lange Estate is known for crafting beautifully balanced wines from fruit grown on the winery estate, located in the heart of the prestigious Dundee Hills appellation. The further supplement their case production, the Langes purchase additional fruit from the best vineyards in the surrounding area. Long-standing relationships with these blue-ribbon sites have helped the winery establish a well-deserved reputation for consistency and complexity in the wines.
Jesse Lange, Don’s son, joined the winemaking team in 2004, continuing the legacy of Lange Estate. Jesse has been farming (read: hoeing) and winemaking (read: cleaning) since he was three feet tall, assisting his parents in Santa Barbara County. Jesse’s formal winemaking training occurred at New Zealand’s Lincoln University while on a student exchange scholarship from Oregon State in 1999. A two-year stint as a cellar rat for winemaker Bruce McGuire at Santa Barbara Winery rounded out his experience outside of Oregon.
Jesse also holds the title of General Manager at the winery and his duties include winemaking, vinyard oversight, distribution, and general management. Jesse also serves on several industry boards including: President of Oregon Pinot Camp, former President of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association, and the Willamette Valley Wineries Association.