Champoeg Vineyard was planted in 1974 on an old volcanic butte that was known to early settlers as “La Butte”. In 1858 the Mathiot family (French immigrants) planted the first grape vines on “La Butte”. An 1880 farm census referred to Butteville and the neighboring community as the wine capital of the Oregon Territory. The Mathiot family were amongst those who helped usher in Oregon’s love and passion for all things wine.
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