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  • Our Yamhill-Carlton AVA Family Estate Vineyard enters production in 2015. Very limited quantities of our Estate Pinot Noir will be Available in 2016!
  • Empyrean is exploring making syrah in the new Rocks of Milton Freewater AVA of Oregon. It is a world renown growing area, and we are excited with its possibilities for long-aging Cygnus syrah.
  • Empyrean is currently selling the remainder of our 2004 vintage, which is drinking beautifully, just as intended!.
Christian Eddleman and Lisa McDonald Eddleman left legal and business pursuits in the US to study cool-climate viticulture and winemaking at the graduate level at New Zealand’s Lincoln University. After spending time in the industry in New Zealand they returned to the USA, where they established a vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of Oregon. Very limited quantities of Estate Pinot Noir will be available in 2016.
Christian Eddleman
Christian Eddleman is a seventh-generation Texan whose innate westering instincts have lead him as far as New Zealand, where he studied Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University in Christchurch, after some years in the financial industry. He did multiple vineyard site evaluations for a variety of parties while in New Zealand. Recent years have brought him to the Pacific Northwest, where Empyrean has its Estate Vineyard site in the western hills of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. In 2013 the family relocated to the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to work with the Empyrean family winery, Christian is a financial analyst manages money for private clients. He is an avid wine-lover, reader, traveler, music and sports fan (to the point of being a writer on a well-known blog covering his beloved Houston Rockets). Christian has a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, and a JD from The University of Texas at Austin.
Lisa McDonald Eddleman
Lisa is a fifth-generation Texan who loves challenges, as evidenced by her simultaneous work with Empyrean Wines, on a PhD in Philosophy/Medical Ethics at Rice University, and raising a child. Lisa made the momentous decision plunge into the wine industry in New Zealand along with Christian. She studied Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University, and worked in the wine industry in both the vineyard and winery during her time in New Zealand.
Lisa is a dedicated wine-lover, traveler, gardener, reader and mother. She holds a dual degree in Political Science and Plan II and a JD from the University of Texas at Austin and expects to receive her PhD from Rice University in spring of 2015.
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