The wines of Apolloni Vineyards represent the roots of Italian tradition, brought to the soil of Oregon with quality of excellence in viticulture. Alfredo Apolloni, a first generation American, comes from a long lineage who has taken pride in retaining their family name. In each generation there has been either an Adolfo or an Alfredo, alternating by generation. Alfredo has continued the tradition by naming his son Adolfo, in honor of his late father.
The vineyards are the foundation of winemaking tradition. Great fruit is the heart of great wine. To continue the tradition of family winemaking, each vineyard has been named for Apolloni children, bearing their middle names: Filippo, Olivia, and Flaminia. In time, they may choose in their turn to carry on this tradition.
Alfredo and his wife Laurine purchased Apolloni Vineyards in 1999, when the 62-acre property had five acres of vineyard planted. The Apollonis have since purchased an adjoining 30 acre site and have developed 40 additional vineyard acres from 1999 to the present. They planted only grafted vines, predominately Dijon clones.
The wine Alfredo makes is traditional. The whites are traditional Italian-style whites: dry, fruity, crisp, and clean. They embrace the unique flavor of Oregon’s grapes and bring it to the table. They are fermented in stainless steel and do not go through malolactic fermentation. The bottle used for the white wines is in the Italian tradition, suggestive of the wine style.