Byron and Dana Dooley transitioned from high tech in 2001 to follow their passions in wine and chocolate. He studied enology and viticulture at Napa Valley College, interned for a respected Pinot Noir producer in Sonoma, 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 the late Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Computers.
Dana launched her business specializing in wine pairing chocolates. Byron works with many growers and sources his grapes from distinctive vineyards within the sub-AVAs of the Willamette Valley, producing single vineyard Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Byron crafts blends with site focus, capturing the broader expression of each vintage in the Willamette Valley. He also makes wines from the Columbia Valley (both Oregon and Washington) from sources that are ideal for the warm weather varietals including Bordeaux varietals, Rhone varietals, and many others. The winemaking philosophy and approach for each wine is to reflect the place which it was grown, modeled after traditional old-world wines. His Seven of Hearts wines are made using natural methods such as native yeast and whole cluster fermentation where appropriate, with minimal intervention and no additives.
Join Byron and Dana Dooley on a wonderful voyage through the waterways of Bordeaux, home to the many legendary chateaux and arguably the historic epicenter of world wine production.
Please note: This tour and cruise program is created solely for Seven of Hearts Winery by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The program will contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions outside of scheduled cruise activities. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.