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. — There is a joke in the Oregon wine industry that it has taken Cody Wright a decade to become the “new” 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.