A Spark of Passion for Oregon Wines

Brian and April Zawada are originally from Ohio, but throughout much of Brian’s professional career, he had the opportunity to work with clients in Oregon. During those work trips, he experienced Oregon Pinot Noir, and it quickly became his – and April’s – favorite varietal and wine-growing region.

They quickly realized that the natural beauty of this state was where they wanted to spend the second half of their lives as well as follow their dream of owning a vineyard and winery.

Brian and April, Owners of Violet Vines

How it All Started

When the Sheridan, Oregon property became available, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. Brian and April purchased the 88-acre property in late September 2019 with a small Pinot Noir vineyard already planted. They harvested a VERY small 1.1-ton crop a few weeks later. Violet Vines was born!

In the Fall of 2020 and the Fall of 2022, they planted an additional 22 acres of vines in Sheridan – Pinot, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Albariño.

Also in 2022, they purchased an additional 5-acre cherry orchard in the Rocks District of the Milton-Freewater AVA to further showcase the diversity of what Oregon wines have to offer, planting Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre.

Our Source Vineyards

The diverse terroir throughout Oregon offers Violet Vines the opportunity to bring in wines grapes that are very distinct and produce wine profiles that are reflective of each vineyard.

  • Violet Vines Estate Vineyard

    McMinnville AVA

  • Set in Stone Vineyard

    The Rocks District in Milton-Freewater AVA

  • Johnson Ridge Vineyard

    Eola-Amity Hills AVA

  • Eola-Springs Vineyard

    Eola-Amity Hills AVA

  • Stiling Vineyard

    Eola-Amity Hills AVA

  • River Rock Vineyard

    Milton-Freewater AVA

  • Rock Bottom Vineyard

    Milton-Freewater AVA

  • Winesap Vineyard

    Milton-Freewater AVA

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is your winemaker?

Tim Wilson is our winemaker. Tim started his wine-making career in California, and then Washington, before realizing his dream of making Oregon Pinot Noir. In 2008, he and his wife Denise launched their own label, Denison Cellars.

What is an Ultra Violet Wine?

It’s the name of our reserve wine, made from the very best barrels from only the most exceptional vintage. We won’t always make an “Ultra Violet” but when we do, it won’t disappoint.

Our first “Ultra Violet” was our 2021 Chardonnay. Our first “Ultra Violet” Pinot Noir, made from our 2021 estate fruit, was bottled in December 2022. In early October, we identified the two best barrels and when we brought them together, it was absolute perfection!

Where can I find Violet Vines Wine?

We’ve spent the first three years building inventory and are just now offering our 2019, 2020, and 2021 wines in our online store and in our tasting room.

Soon you will find our wines in restaurants and clubs starting locally in Oregon, as well as back home in Ohio.

We will continue to expand our offerings domestically in 2023 and internationally starting in 2024. 

I don't live in Oregon, can I still buy your wine and join your wine club?

We can ship wine to most states.

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Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future


We purchased the 88-acre Sheridan vineyard with 3 acres of Pinot noir Clones 777, 115 and Pommard.


We planted 12 acres of vines – 2 acres of Clone 95 Chardonnay, 3 acres of Clone 76 Chardonnay, 2 acres of Clone 828 Pinot noir, 2 acres of Wadenswil Pinot noir and 3 acres of Clone 115 Pinot noir.

Fall 2022

We planted 2 acres of Cabernet Franc, 3 acres of Syrah (plus .2 acres of Viognier for co-fermentation with the Syrah), 2 acres of Chenin Blanc, and 2 acres of Pinot noir Pommard.

Spring 2023

We planted 1 acre of Albariño on the Estate vineyard and 5 acres of Syrah and Grenache at the Rocks District Set in Stone Vineyard. Also, we opened the tasting room to the public.

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