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A tribute to my family who crossed The Oregon Trail in 1847... 

While the meaning of retour is the french term for going back, or homecoming, Manifest Destiny is an ideology rooted in the notion of  leaping forward, taking risks, and achieving one's full potential. It represents a true reflection of ideal American values, celebrating independence, innovation, exploration, and determination. This special project serves as a heartfelt and personal tribute to Lindsay Woodard's ancestors who were original pioneers in the Willamette Valley. The production of this wine is exceedingly limited each vintage, paying homage to its significance and heritage. 


"SIX GENERATIONS AGO, my family embarked on a perilous journey to explore unmarked territory. In 1847 they crossed the United States and arrived via The Oregon Trail, resolute in their mission to establish roots in the "Promised Land". Their endeavors led to the founding of three towns, a hotel, grist mill, flour mill, lumber mill, a schoolhouse, two general stores. They constructed bridges and ferries, orchestrated the railroad development and served on the first territorial legislature that officially made Oregon part of the Union in 1859. Their unwavering determination and adventurous spirit significantly shaped the development of the territories and the western frontier, ultimately contributing to the establishment of Oregon as a state. I consider it a profound honor to uphold and perpetuate my family's entrepreneurial spirit." - L.W. 

The Story Is In The Bottle

Each sip of our wine embodies a profound connection with the pioneers of this bountiful and fertile region. Hence, our passion lies in consistently offering a wine that holds meaning and purpose—a wine that shares the history and soul of this glorious place. The 2016 Manifest Destiny perfectly encapsulates the essence of a classic Pinot Noir—powerful, yet pure and precise. With its focused character, balanced elegance, and supple structure, it presents gorgeous acidity and fine integrated tannins that lead to a persistent and spicy finish.