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In 2015 Eyrie Vineyards celebrated the 50th anniversary of its original plantings. In 1965 David Lett had arrived in Oregon with 3000 grapevines and a theory. It was his determination and vision, planting the first pinot noir vines in the northern Willamette Valley, and indeed the first pinot gris vines on the entire continent of America, that broke the myth, the hitherto accepted wisdom that nowhere on the planet could grow pinot noir to rival the quality from its supposed homeland in Burgundy’s Cote d’Or.