Dan while working in the technology sector discovered Willamette Valley Pinot-noir working for Tektronix in the 90s. The raw beauty of Willamette Valley wine country attracted him along with its nascent state as a wine producing region. Daniel was a big proponent of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir while still living in California and running his Napa wine business at a time when even most savvy wine drinkers were still unaware of Pinot from Oregon.
Utopia was born in 2000 and Dan produced his first commercial vintage in 2006, 413 cases of Estate wines and today the annual production is around 3000 cases. Utopia currently produces four different Estate Pinot Noir’s, each a distinct blend of different clones from the Estate Vineyard. In addition, Utopia produces an Estate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Rose’and a Pinot Noir Blanc along with several other single vineyard varietals. All wines are produced onsite at the Estate Winery. Please visit Utopia’s site for more selections.
Dan’s wines have received numerous awards, In May 2020 “Cellar select ” award from Oregon Wine Press for his 2017 Pinot Noir, “Outstanding” award for 2016 Pinot Noir from Wine Press Northwest, Gold and Double Gold from Oregon Wine Awards for several vintages of Pinot Noirs, etc.