Walter Scott was established in 2009 by Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon, young wine professionals from different arms of the industry—Pahlow managed sales at two Oregon wineries, St. Innocent and Evening Land Vineyards; Landon spent her early career as a sommelier, working at 10-01 in Portland’s Pearl District and Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. The winery is on Bethel Heights Road, planted squarely in the blast zone of the Van Duzer Corridor. Focusing on chardonnay and pinot noir, Pahlow and Landon draw nearly all of their fruit from this southerly sub-AVA, turning out wines like the 2012 Temperance Hill Pinot: vinous, earthbound and savory, a wine true to its place.
photo by Ryan Ribary.