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Alexana's Founder & Sole Proprietor, Dr. Madaiah Revana, immigrated from India to the United States in the early 1970's as a young and ambitious Med School student. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to become a leader in the cardiology community for over 40 years, honing his skills and building a reputation as one of the top doctors in Houston. He balances a successful practice as a cardiologist in Houston, Texas with his commitment to the Revana Wine Portfolio. Today, he is the only immigrant from India to own three wineries that have all been featured on Top 100 lists and are highly acclaimed.
In 2005, while representing his Napa Winery, Revana, at a wine conference in Houston, Dr. Revana met Lynn Penner-Ash, who was attending on behalf of the Willamette Valley Winery that she owned at the time, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. He shared his love of the great wines of Burgundy and became fast friends with her. In the spring of 2005, Dr. Revana enlisted Lynn’s expertise to begin a search for both the ideal piece of land and an experienced winemaker to produce Pinot Noirs that could rival those from Burgundy. His search ended with an 80-acre estate that was largely unplanted, and Lynn agreed to make his wines at her facility for the first seven years.
Alexana is Established in the Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon
Dr. Revana purchases 80-acres of pristine vineyard land that was only planted to 13-acres of Pinot Noir and 3-acres of Pinot Gris. He hires Lynn Penner-Ash as winemaker and makes plans to further develop his Dundee Hills Estate Vineyard under the guidance of Results Partners.
First Vintage of Revana Estate Pinot Noir & Further Vineyard Development
Winemaker, Lynn Penner-Ash made 935 cases of our first vintage with 613 cases being our Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir, 151 cases of Pinot Gris, and 221 cases of Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir. Under Lynn’s guidance, east and middle blocks 6, 9-15, and 18-19 that face to the south and west are planted to 15.08-acres of Pinot Noir and 2.97 acres of Riesling bringing the total planted acreage to 33.93 acres.
Vineyard Development Continues
The west blocks 20 – 28 that face to the north and west are planted to 17.32 acres of Pinot Noir bringing the total planted acreage up to 51.25 acres.
Corazón del Sol established in the Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Dr. Revana purchases and plants 11 acres of prime vineyard land in the Uco Valley, Mendoza, to a diverse selection of grapes such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Santiago Achával is hired as a consulting winemaker.
Winery Concept & Design
Dr. Revana hires renowned Architect, Larry Farrar, to design and build our Gravity-Flow Winery & GOLD LEED Certified Tasting room. Also, clone 943 Pinot Noir is grafted on to 1.02 acres of Pinot Gris vines and the Alexana Estate becomes one of the first vineyards in the Willamette Valley to plant this rare clone.
The Transition Begins
Alexana’s tasting room is completed and we begin receiving guests. Winery construction begins as Lynn hires Bryan Weil, for Alexana’s Associate Winemaker. Also, Chardonnay is planted for the first time in the vineyard in blocks 29 & 30 that total 3.48 acres of Chardonnay and 54.73 acres of total vines.
Winery Is Complete
The 3-level gravity-flow winery is completed just in time for our winemakers, Lynn & Bryan, to receive fruit and start crafting our 2012 vintage.
Awarded the #17 Spot On Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List
Alexana’s 2010 Revana Vineyard Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir scores 94 points and is named #17 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2013. This marks the second winery of Dr. Revana's to be named to this famed list.
Lynn Passes The Baton To Bryan
This historic milestone marks Lynn's last vintage as consulting winemaker. The Associate Winemaker, Bryan Weil, that she hand-picked out of hundreds of applicants back in 2011 is to become her successor in the next vintage.
Bryan Weil Becomes Head Winemaker & Test Vineyard Planted
Bryan’s hard work and impeccable attention to detail have earned him a promotion to Head Winemaker. Also, in the spirit of constant exploration and experimentation, Dr.Revana plants 0.12 acres of a test vineyard with 13 clones of Pinot Noir.
Tasting Room Expansion Begins & New Vineyard Purchased
Construction begins of a 7,500 square foot addition to Alexana's tasting room. This is Alexana’s first-ever space dedicated exclusively to customizable private tastings and events. The addition includes a 2,400 sq. ft. indoor main level, a 2,800 sq. ft. outdoor covered deck, and a 2,300 sq. ft. indoor lower level for temperature-controlled wine storage.
Additionally, Dr. Revana purchases an additional 64-acres that is contiguous to Alexana's existing 80-acres and the first 9 acres of Pinot Noir are planted on this property.
New Vineyard Development Is Complete
In the spring of 2021, an additional 27 acres are planted on the new property with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris vines. Completing the vineyard development with 35.97 total acres planted.
Tresider Burns becomes Head Winemaker
In 2022, Tresider Burns became Alexana's Head Winemaker. His extensive knowledge of the Willamette Valley makes him an invaluable additional to our team.