Willamette Valley AVA
Crafting world-class wines from the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley, Soléna Estate celebrates life from vine to bottle through biodynamic farming and premium French winemaking practices.
Established by the acclaimed winemaking husband and wife team Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu, Soléna Estate is a boutique winery nestled in the Yamhill-Carlton District of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since opening its doors in 2002, Soléna Estate has primarily focused on single-vineyard wines that showcase the unique terroir of this prized winegrowing region, and we are happy to share their latest achievement with our Pinot Noir Wine Club members.
Laurent and Danielle are one of the best-known and most respected couples in the Oregon wine industry, each with their own impressive backgrounds and successful careers that led them to where they are today.
Laurent was first introduced to wine as a child growing up in Bordeaux; he actually took his first steps in his great-grandfather's vineyard! His eventual interest in viticulture led him to the Institute of Oenology of Bordeaux, where he immersed himself in studies of vineyard management and winemaking. It quickly became his passion. After graduating, Laurent worked for such luminaries as Château La Tour Blanche near Sauternes, and then Mumm Cuvée Napa in the Napa Valley, before finally moving to Oregon in 1988. It was here that Laurent settled at Bridgeview Vineyards in Cape Junction for seven years. He also established WillaKenzie Estate as a partner and winemaker in 1995.
A native Oregonian, Danielle was also introduced to wine early on, 'helping' at her family's Pine Ridge Winery in Napa Valley at the young age of ten. She returned home to the Willamette Valley in 1996 to start the family's other winery, Archery Summit, in Dundee. Over the years, Danielle's interest has grown to encompass all aspects of winery production, sales and marketing, and it is clearly a deep passion of hers as well.
After meeting, Laurent and Danielle dreamed of building their own winery together, and in 2000, purchased an 80-acre estate in the Willamette Valley's esteemed Yamhill-Carlton District to commemorate their marriage. They even registered with premium nurseries for six different clones of Pinot Noir vines as wedding gifts. They named their 'wedding vineyard' Domaine Danielle Laurent, and the fruit from these vines still produce some of the couple's favorite wines to date.
While waiting for the young Domaine Danielle Laurent vines to mature, the couple began exploring neighboring appellations and crafting wines made from other varietals. In 2002, they officially launched Soléna Estate with the bottling of their first vintage of Domaine Danielle Laurent Pinot Noir. Shortly thereafter, they also opened a tasting room in nearby Carlton. In 2007, they added the spectacular 100-acre Hyland Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA to their estate vineyard holdings.
The name Soléna is a combination of the Spanish and French words, Solana and Solene, celebrating the sun and the moon. It is also the name that Laurent and Danielle gave to their daughter.
Today, Laurent and Danielle are producing Pinot Noir from their estate vineyards, as well as Pinot Gris, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Late Harvest Riesling from select sites throughout Oregon and Washington. The wines are available for tasting at their state-of-the-art estate tasting room that offers an Old World warmth and elegance, as well as breathtaking views of the Willamette Valley.
In addition to owning and operating Soléna Estate, Laurent and Danielle also own Northwest Wine Company, the first fully dedicated custom crush facility in the Willamette Valley that processes grapes for an impressive twenty-five boutique wine labels.
Please enjoy this award-winning selection from Soléna Estate - a classic Oregon Pinot Noir that beautifully shows off the distinctive character of the Willamette Valley. Cheers!