Byron Dooley / Owner & Winemaker Seven of Hearts Winery – Carlton, OR
Byron and Dana Dooley transitioned from high tech in 2002 to follow their passions in wine and chocolate. He studied enology and viticulture at Napa Valley College, interned for a respected Pinot noir producer Williams Selyem in Sonoma Valley, planted a small vineyard on Howell Mountain in Napa, and produced wine from that vineyard. After Byron earned his winemaking degree, he and Dana were drawn to Oregon’s Willamette Valley for its beauty, climate, and remarkable Pinot Noir. In 2004, they purchased and planted the 12-acre Luminous Hills Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, a property once owned by Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple.
While Dana focuses on her chocolates business, Honest Chocolates, Byron works with many growers and sources different varietals from distinctive vineyards within the sub-AVAs of the Willamette Valley for cool climate varietals, producing wines with site focus as well as blends that capture the broader expression of each vintage in the Willamette Valley. Byron also makes wines from the Columbia Valley (both Oregon and Washington) from sources that are ideal for warmer weather French, Italian and Spanish varietals. The winemaking philosophy and approach for each wine is to reflect the place and vintage where it was grown, modeled after traditional old-world wines. Only natural methods are used in Seven of Hearts wine, such as native yeast fermentation, whole cluster fermentation where appropriate, minimal intervention and no additives.
Byron & Dana look forward to sharing their Seven of Hearts fine wines during a marvelous 5 days in and around spectacular Yosemite National Park. We’ll stay five nights at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, a AAA four diamond resort. The spring weather in late May should be delightful.