This highly regarded, warm sun-trap set on ancient sedimentary soils in Yamhill, to the west of Dundee, was founded by Dick Shea in the late 1980s while he was still a trader on Wall Street. The land was planted plot by plot – reclaimed from open pastureland – and there’s circa 60 hectares under vine. Fruit from this revered vineyard is sold to a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the local wine scene, indeed there’s a huge list waiting impatiently to buy Shea grapes, not only in the region itself but the Napa Valley too! Dick’s original intention was just to farm and sell fruit. However, in 1996 – spotting the potential – Dick employed Patricia Green to create a series of wines from the choicest parcels and Shea Wine Cellars was born. Today around 25% of the vineyard is estate-bottled, with the highly talented New Zealand winemaker, Blair Trathen, producing the wines.