Christophe Baron, vigneron for Cayuse Vineyards near Milton-Freewater, Ore., holds a cobblestone from his estate vineyard. Baron, a native of France, was the first to recognize The Rocks District as an important growing area. (Andy Perdue)
For more than a decade, Casey and Vicky McClellan had the only winery on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. But being in Milton-Freewater was a bit of a no-man’s and. Seven Hills Winery was not a Washington winery, so it couldn’t easily be involved in Washington wine events. And it was more than 200 miles away from Portland and the Willamette Valley and, thus, was virtually ignored by the Oregon wine industry.