De Nux is thrilled to add the excellent Raptor Ridge Winery to our ever-expanding repertoire of fine wines. This news is especially exciting as Raptor Ridge holds the distinction of being our very first Oregon winery! We fell in love with the Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Reserve Pinot Noir, and Estate Pinot Noir from this delectable Willamette Valley vineyard, and we're proud to bring them to some of our favorite Arkansas fine dining and retail locations.
The story of Raptor Ridge Winery is one of a true love for the craft. It was founded in 1995 by winemaker Scott Shull, who named the vineyard after the "the many families of raptors - red-tailed hawks, kestrels, sharp-shinned hawks, and owls - that share the winery's 27-acre estate ... The relationship between the winery and the raptors is a symbiotic one. As the winery provides a haven for these beautiful creatures, the raptors in turn serve as protectors of the vineyard, aiding the winegrower in the battle against tunneling varmints and migratory birds that damage the vines and eat the ripe grapes at harvest."
Scott and his wife Annie are dedicated to producing wines of "uncompromised quality," and the proof of their skill and dedication is immediately apparent in their bright Oregon Pinots.
Scott and Annie consider what they do an honor -- working with their hands, providing a product that brings joy, while employing a small, focused team of top wine industry professionals to make it so. For almost two decades as producers of Willamette Valley Pinots, the Shulls have realized their dream of achieving a measure of success and notoriety that allows the brand to flourish. From humble beginnings in a converted horse barn behind their home to a state-of-the-art winery on the vineyard property, the Shulls remain grounded in the purposeful production of sincere wines, true to their sites of origin.
Look for Raptor Ridge wines at the following fine dining establishments: South on Main, Trio's Restaurant, Stratton's Market, Red Door, SO Restaurant, Vesuvio Bistro, Sonny Williams' Steak Room, Via Roma, and Table 28.
Retail: O'Looney's Wines & Spirits, Colonial Wines & Spirits, Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe, Service Liquor & Wines, and Lake Liquor.