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Wine Family Spotlight 3

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Wine Family Spotlight 3

We founded Raptor Ridge in 1995 to share in the joy of wine-growing, a calling that brings us purpose through a close connection with the land, our community and the industry. Named for our location on a ridge in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Raptor Ridge is a haven for our native raptors and winery guests. We treat our guests to a revitalizing experience complete with vine side tastings, chef inspired pairings, and yoga retreats in a tranquil setting with a view of four mountaintops. We specialize in hand-grown single vineyard Pinot Noir sourced from a rich tapestry of select Willamette Valley sites plus our own estate, Tuscowallame. We create intriguing wines by blending intuition honed over 20 vintages with the methodical approach of maintaining hundreds of separate lots. The result is an array of vineyard-specific barrels, providing diversity and nuance to the final cellar-crafted cuvées.

Scott Shull
Founder and WinemakerSince 1989, Scott Shull has been making Oregon wines—first as an independent producer, and since 1995 as a commercial winemaker at Raptor Ridge Winery. Scott strives to craft wines that are interesting to the palate and to the mind—wines of complexity, finesse and place. Scott is a self-taught winemaker, having learned by doing, reading, and attending extension service courses on viticulture and enology offered by U.C. Davis, Oregon State University, and Chemeketa Community College, and by participating in the Willamette Valley’s Westside Winemakers Club for a number of years. Scott has served as a board member of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s Brand Oregon campaign; was a founding director of the Oregon Wine Board; and is president emeritus of the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Association.


Annie Shull
Proprietor, Director of National Sales, Marketing and DistributionAnnie joined Scott as his life partner in 1998 and as his business partner in 2001. She is very active throughout the Oregon wine industry. Her background in curriculum development for sales teams has proven a great segue to the role of business development and distribution sales management. The bulk of her time is now spent managing the direct and distribution sales teams, and traveling extensively throughout the United States to personally represent Raptor Ridge. Annie is president emeritus of Oregon Pinot Camp, and served as a director for nine years, contributing to review and revision of curriculum. Annie currently serves on the iSalud! steering and marketing committee. When she’s home, Annie enjoys the meditative refuge of endurance running, writing, practicing yoga, and trying to keep up with Scott and two bouncy Labrador Retrievers.


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