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Cristom Vineyards

Mark Feltz

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Some of my biggest childhood memories involve the vineyard. My father, Jim Feltz, planted Feltz Vineyard in 1973. He was a bit of a visionary – Feltz Vineyard was one of the first plantings in the Eola Hills, an area that’s now home to more than 2,000 acres of planted grapevines. As a kid I worked digging holes and putting vines into the ground. Later, in the early 1980s, I worked with Ted and Terry Casteel at Bethel Heights. Next came work in wine production: I was at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa from 1985 to 1989 and Chalk Hill in Somoma from 1989 to 1992. I was looking for an opportunity to get back into the vineyard when I got a call from the Casteels’. Ted and Terry had met Paul Gerrie, who was looking for someone to manage Cristom’s vineyards. I leapt at the chance to return to viticulture and my Oregon roots. I’ve worked at Cristom for 20 years – since the winery’s first harvest—and I love it. I’m an outdoorsman at heart, and love to spend time hunting and camping.

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