Genius Loci
Genius Loci is a Latin phrase which translates as Spirit of Place.

Single-vineyard wines crafted for the patient palate.

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Michael Lundeen
Our wines are hand crafted by Michael Lundeen. Serendipity led Michael into the wine industry in 2001 and since then he has proudly worked on the winemaking teams of venerable Willamette Valley Pinot Noir producers Willakenzie, Domaine Serene, Belle Pente, Illahe, and Walnut City Wineworks.

In 2005, Michael traveled to Italy to produce world class Barolo and Barbaresco with his good friend Mario Andrion at Castello di Verduno. Michael brought home many vineyard and wine lessons and embarked on his greatest adventure to date, launching his own wine label. Thus were born Genius Loci, exclusively a boutique single-vineyard label, and Lundeen, your value-priced source of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

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Poverty Bend Farm
The grapes for Genius Loci's Cuvee Desiree Pinot Gris and Poverty Bend Pinot Noir are grown by Michael and his family at the Poverty Bend Farm. For three generations, the Lundeen family have been stewards of the Poverty Bend Farm, which is located just outside of McMinnville, Oregon in the heart of Oregon wine country.

Originally a working farm owned by Michael's grandparents in the 1950s, the farm became home to a small number of vines (Gewürztraminer) beginning in the late 1980s. Vineyard work began in earnest when Michael and his father planted 1,000 new vines in early 2000.

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Friends of Genius Loci Wines
Community is essential to the Genius Loci ethos. We are privileged to work with these fine local businesses:
  • Gaining Ground Farms
    Located in Yamhill, Oregon, gaining ground farm is an organic CSA offering seasonal farm subscriptions to families in the northern Willamette Valley.
  • The Bread Board
    Purveyors of artisinal breads baked fresh daily in a wood-fired oven.
  • Illahe Vineyards
    Located on 50 acres of prime farmland in the hills between the Oregon cities of Dallas and Monmouth, Illahe Vineyards produces fine Oregon wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and a much sought-after Viognier