Our Story

In 2010, Master Sommelier Larry Stone began negotiations for the 150-acre Janzen Farm in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills. This prized east-facing site enjoys a 300-foot elevation gain, boasts favorable Nekia, Gelderman, and Jory soils, and sits beside some of the most well-respected vineyards in the Willamette Valley, including the Lone Star Vineyard of Argyle, Jerusalem Hill Vineyard of Domaine Serene, and Seven Springs Vineyard of Evening Land. 

ACQUISITION

At precisely 4 pm on December 31st, 2012, Larry completed this once-in-a-lifetime acquisition. The Janzen Farm, sought after for over 40 years by the finest names in Oregon winemaking, was now in his hands to develop.

LOW-IMPACT FARMING

Following low-impact, organic, and biodynamic farming principles under the guidance of dear friend and renowned regenerative viticulturist Mimi Casteel, our estate vineyard was planted with different combinations of rootstock and budwood to reflect the varying soil conditions within the vineyard.

EYE-CATCHING QUALITY

The exceptional fruit produced from this land showcased unparalleled purity and elegance, capturing the attention of esteemed white wine producer Dominique Lafon. 

THE LEGACY BEGINS

Widely respected as one of the top winemakers in Burgundy, Dominique Lafon took notice of this exceptional vineyard site and joined Larry Stone, alongside winemaking protégé Thomas Savre, to craft uniquely expressive wines harnessing the unique terroir of Oregon.

Lingua Franca Vineyards

The Willamette Valley is an ideal location to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Its average seasonal temperatures, long daylight hours in the summer months, and total annual rainfall resemble the conditions in Burgundy, where the fruit attains uncontested perfection. All of our work is guided by respect for the environment, encouraging healthy diversity of life around and among us.

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LINGUA FRANCA ESTATE

Our home estate vineyard, the 66-acre Lingua Franca Estate vineyard, is situated on Lone Star Road next door to two iconic vineyard sites in the Eola-Amity Hills: Seven Springs and Lone Star Vineyard. The site is rich in Jory, Jory-Gelderman, and Nekia soil, and the vineyard is a combination of 18 different Dijon clones and heritage clones and rootstock, sourced from specific vineyards when possible. The parameters here are perfect, with eastern exposure, morning sun, moderate cooling winds, slopes of 12-20% throughout the vineyard, and excellent drainage.  

BUNKER HILL VINEYARD

Bunker Hill Vineyard is a critically acclaimed vineyard site located in the South Salem Hills area, just beyond the city limits with a view of the Willamette River flowing below. Planted exclusively to chardonnay, the vineyard sits at 600-feet elevation with a western exposure and strong cooling breezes. The vine material includes some of the earliest plantings of Dijon clone Chardonnay 76 in Oregon, planted by the same Joel Myer who replanted Seven Springs that same year: 1995. The fruit sourced from this highly-lauded vineyard site is fermented, bottled and released as our Bunker Hill Chardonnay. Our 2016 vintage was selected as #34 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2018 and since then, this is one of our first wines to sell out each year.

Bunker Hill Vineyard

Paying homage to Larry’s vision of unifying people from every culture through wine, we would be known as Lingua Franca. 

(n): Lingua Franca: a universal language used to connect people of diverse backgrounds.

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