Lingua Franca

About the producer

Lingua Franca is a new project in Oregon that unifies several familiar names in the world of wine. The first vintage from Larry Stone was in 2015, a famous San Francisco Master Sommelier and veteran of several different wine projects in California and Oregon. Teaming up with Larry is consulting winemaker Dominque Lafon, the legendary Burgundy winemaker, along with the inquisitive mind of Thomas Savre, a brilliant young winemaker with experience at some of the best *domaines* in Burgundy.
  • Biodynamic
  • Sustainable
Under a name that resonates an ideology of bringing people of different worlds to common ground, the team at Lingua Franca proudly avoid conforming to a predetermined style of wine and instead allow the flavours and aromas of the place to express themselves in each bottling. The Lingua Franca Estate vineyard and winery are based in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, on Jory and Nekia-rich soils. The wines express the brightness and freshness afforded here by sea breezes, so important to this AVA.
They have received great praise from both the press and wine intelligentsia. Truly superb expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that speak of their *terroir*.


The winery is situated in the Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley. Biodynamic farming principles are followed, with cinnamon oil used in the place of sulphur and copper. The vineyards are planted with different Dijon clones, heritage clones and rootstock, mostly over volcanic soils such as Nekia and Jory. There is little top soil, provoking the vine roots to penetrate cracks in this hard rock to find moisture.


The Chardonnays are all treated the same: barrel fermented and kept on lees up until bottling. The Pinot Noirs usually see 30% whole-bunch fermentation before 11 months ageing in majority older barrels. A touch of carbonic maceration is carried out too, as and when.


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