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Dobbes Family Estate Celebrates 20th Anniversary


The Roaring Twenties-Themed Event honored the Dobbes family, former and current winery leaders, and Oregon wine industry luminaries

Portland, Oregon (December 12, 2022) — Dobbes Family Estate proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday, December 9 with a festive, Roaring Twenties-themed soirée at the Ecotrust Building, an 1890’s era warehouse in Portland’s Pearl District. More than 150 guests enjoyed live music by a jazz ensemble, Dobbes library wines, a wine bar, and a preview of the winery’s 2023 releases.

From left to right: Gretchen Boock, Sarah Pearson, Amelia Dobbes, Joe Dobbes, Derek Einberger, Griffin Dobbes. Photo credit: Britt Eisele.

The night began with a special VIP hour featuring Dobbes’ CEO Sarah Pearson, Winemaker Derek Einberger, and appearances by Dobbes Family Estate Founder Joe Dobbes, his children, Amelia Rose and Griffin Dobbes, and former CEO and longtime Dobbes leader, Gretchen Boock. A diverse community of partners also dotted the crowd, including vineyard owners Moe and Flora Momtazi, from whom Dobbes has sourced prized Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir fruit for close to two decades.

During the main event, Pearson addressed the gathering, sharing her gratitude for Founder Joe Dobbes and her plans for how the winery will continue to grow: “Joe, I want to thank you for your commitment to Dobbes, for giving back to our community, and for your dedication to quality and to family. All have inspired us and are the foundation of our company’s values today–people, purpose, and progress. Your spirit of entrepreneurship is still strong at the winery, and I am committed to leading Dobbes’ next chapter with the fervor for innovation I know I share with the rest of this team.”

“We’re not straying from the path,” continued Pearson. “It is critical that we continue to welcome all into the world of wine and ensure all can access and enjoy the beauty and potential wine can offer.”

Pearson also highlighted the charitable work of the winery and her commitment to harnessing Dobbes’ resources and partnerships in the service of community. Throughout 2022, Pearson has overseen profit-sharing efforts with 1% for the Planet and their larger network of nonprofit organizations, as well as Portland’s Equitable Giving Circle, currently funding the organization’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs connecting local BIPOC farmers and families in need.

The freshest face at Dobbes Family Estate, newly-hired Winemaker Derek Einberger shared his respect for the winery’s storied history and the mark it has made on Oregon: “I’ve made wine all over the world, but Oregon is where I really fell in love with it. We make the best Pinot Noir in the world here,” he said to raucous applause. “But what I really fell in love with was this industry and this community. It’s special, and Dobbes has a longstanding legacy helping to build the culture of the Oregon wine industry. I’m so thankful to be a part of its future.”

About Dobbes Family Estate

An urban winery and tasting room in the heart of Dundee, Oregon, Dobbes Family Estate was founded in 2002 and celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2022. Makers of fine Oregon Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Cuvée Pinot Noir, Syrah, Late Harvest Viognier, and Port-style Syrah; Dobbes Family Estate crafts under 7,000 cases of wine annually with fruit sourced from the Willamette, Columbia, and Rogue Valley AVAs. A wine industry frontrunner in successful innovation–from their multi-tiered business model to their creative packaging solutions and their distinctive hospitality programs–Dobbes Family Estate is a refreshing leader in Oregon wine driven by a strong commitment to center people, purpose, and progress in all they do.



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