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Never has so much enthusiasm been generated by so few vines as it has in Willamette Valley by Chardonnay grapes. The wines made from those grapes are earning the kind of praise, prices and points that have everyone combing the region for available fruit. With only 2,200 acres of Chardonnay planted, it is a daunting task.
“All the fruit in the valley is locked up. If you want more Chardonnay, you have to plant it,” says Josh Bergström, owner and winemaker at Bergström Wines in Dundee, Oregon.