At its core, Soter Vineyards is the culmination of many years of study and preparation. Ever since he came to the Napa Valley in 1975, Tony Soter has been fascinated with the process of grape growing and winemaking. He brings to Soter Vineyards the experience of over 30 harvests, the erudition and attention to detail reflected in countless wines, and most importantly, the desire to make great wines from very specific places on his own terms. A symphony, half a lifetime in meticulous composition, is now in performance. Tony Soter founded Etude Wines in 1982, and its name, “study,” describes his reverence for the ongoing learning process that is winegrowing. Tony sold Etude winery in 2006, but retains a consulting role. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Tony Soter was the winemaker who helped to establish and build iconic wineries that include Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Shafer, Spottswoode, Viader, Dalla Valle, and Moraga. After years of mentoring and encouraging some of Napa Valley’s most respected growers and winemakers as well, he ended his consulting roles to focus exclusively on Soter Vineyards, which was established and saw its first vintage in 1997. Apart from it being a culmination, Soter Vineyards is also a beginning. Soter Vineyards is a family enterprise; with the eventual help of their children, Oregon natives Tony and Michelle Soter hope to establish a legacy of august, estate-bottled wines, in the fashion of the great family Domaines of Burgundy, focused principally on Pinot Noir that speaks of its terroir at the Estate – Mineral Springs Ranch.
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