Cória Estates is a Mexican-American family-owned vineyard, winery, and tasting room in South Salem, Oregon. They have been growing grapes for more than 20 years in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
The story of Luis & Janice begins with separate family heritages and cultural backgrounds. Luis Coria was born and raised in Mexico spending his early years helping his father on the family farm. At age 14 he ventured further seeking opportunities and eventually found himself in Oregon. Janice grew up in a small town in northern Idaho. In the spring of 1979, while visiting family in Oregon, Janice met Luis and married him two years later. By 1985, they had welcomed two baby girls to the family! By now, Luis felt a need to get back to his farming roots.
In 1988 they purchased a small nine-acre parcel and in 1997 they purchased a neighboring property. They planted their first vines in 1999. Today, the vineyard is a mature 104 acres planted in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Riesling. The well-drained soils are mostly Nekia clay at elevations ranging from 400 to 850 feet.
Currently, the whole family is involved in what makes Cória Estates a thriving vineyard and winery. Luis and Janice manage the vineyard and administrative side of the business, and their youngest daughter, Aurora, is the winemaker. Their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, helps in the tasting room while her husband, Ty, handles a variety of design & marketing tasks.
At Cória Estates, wine is a symbol of unity, love, and hard work. Winemaker Aurora says, “No two vintages are the same, which provides us with a unique and expressive wine each year. This makes the entire process an exciting and mysterious part of the beauty and joy we gain from the vines and from winemaking itself. Disfruta!”