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Winemaker Cody Wright is shown at his Purple Hands Latchkey Vineyard. He is carrying on the tradition of a notable Oregon wine pioneer family.  

 

Cody Wright is steeped in Willamette Valley winemaking history. His father, Ken Wright, was a pioneer of the industry in Oregon.

DUNDEE, Ore. β€” There is a joke in the Oregon wine industry that it has taken Cody Wright a decade to become the β€œnew” winemaker in the Willamette Valley.

In 2005, Wright started Purple Hands Winery in Dundee, Ore. That year he produced 250 cases of wine with an Oregon-grown blend. Just three years later, Purple Hands Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir cracked the 90-point mark with a score of 92 from Wine Spectator. Wine lovers started to pay attention.