GET TO KNOW THE CROFTS
LEE AND TERRI CROFT
Son Lee Croft and his wife Terri moved from Alaska to Salem to run the family business. They are currently working to transform Croft Vineyards' new property "Stomp" into a welcoming, hands-on winery and tasting room. Their vision includes creating natural seating areas from which to view the river and kick back with an excellent glass of wine. Lee has begun experimenting with different wine-making methods in the newly finished winery. Terri is enjoying the process of learning to utilize produce from the property, and nearby farms, to create menus and food pairings for the future tasting room.
ESTEBAN RAMOS AND STAFF
Long-time employee and all-around knowledgeable operations manager Ramos and his son Miguel head up a crew of farmers who deserve much credit in bringing Croft Vineyards wines to our tables. Their years of dedication and expertise are the backbone of Croft's fabulous offerings. Let's all raise a glass to Esteban and Miguel!
Third-generation Croft family
member James and his friend Nicky
helping to bring in the harvest.
It all started with the founders
CHANCY AND TONI CROFT
In 1983 a couple from Alaska started a brand new adventure, growing grapes in Oregon. While still working on their respective careers in law and education, the desire to be with the earth, honor it, and coax something lovely from its soil became a serious goal. With a free-spirited entrepreneurial spirit, they investigated the Napa Valley and its northern counterpart, the Willamette Valley. Acreage in Monmouth, Oregon proved to be the best fit for the couple and the adventure began! There were some hilarious, frightening, and light-shedding missteps along the way, all leading to years of growth and discovery. Growth and discovery for their families, the extended clan of Croft supporters, and, of course, the grapes. When asked about the motivation behind difficult and progressive farming decisions, Founder Chancy Croft was known to reply, "It's about the grapes, 'cause all great wines start in the vineyard." In the end, it really is all about the grapes, isn't it?
This past year Chancy and Toni sat down with their daughter Kym to record the Croft Vineyard story. In multiple interviews with her folks, Kym uncovered the joys, frustrations, and rewards of building the Croft Vineyards community into what it is today: a clan of warm, dedicated, genuine folks who know how to produce some stellar award-winning wines. Cheers to the founders and their steadfast commitment to the grapes!
5475 River Road South
Salem, Oregon 97302
CHANCY AND TONI CROFT
Field Operations Manager