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, a 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 for what reason some difficult or unusual farming decisions were made, Founder Chancy Croft was known to reply, "It's the grapes, stupid!" 'Cause 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!
GET TO KNOW THE CROFTS
5475 River Road South
Salem, Oregon 97302
CHANCY AND TONI CROFT
Field Operations Manager
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 help result in some fabulous offerings and we're all thankful for that. Let's all raise a glass to Esteban and Miguel!
LEE AND TERRI CROFT
Son Lee Croft and his wife Terri are settled in Salem, transforming the Croft Vineyards' new property "Stomp" into a welcoming and 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 your favorite Croft varietal. Terri plans to stock the shelves of the tasting room with local offerings such as nuts and cheeses produced nearby. Lee is looking forward to the wine facility where he can advance his knowledge of viticulture and wine making.
KYM CROFT MILLER
Daughter Kym Miller assists in getting the word out to volunteers when it is time to bring in the fruit, distributing Croft Vineyards' much-anticipated bottles to local shops and restaurants, and just generally bringing good cheer to everywhere she goes on company business.
Third-generation Croft family
member James and his friend Nicky
helping to bring in the harvest.