As a bi-cultural family, the story of Luis & Janice begins from their separate family heritage and cultural backgrounds. Luis was born and raised in Mexico. He spent his early years helping his father growing vegetables and tending to the family livestock. He spent several years working near their family home, by the time he was 14 he ventured further seeking better opportunities and eventually found himself living in Oregon. Janice grew up in northern Idaho and had a normal small town upbringing. In the spring of 1979, while visiting family in Oregon, Janice and Luis met. By 1981 Luis and Janice were married and by 1985 had welcomed two baby girls to the family! Life sped by, but Luis still had a need to get back to his roots of farming.
In 1988 they purchased their first piece of property, a small 9 acre parcel which became the family home and later the original site of the family vineyard. Early in 1997, the neighboring property came available, they decided to take the chance and put down more roots into the Southern Willamette Valley. In the winter of 1999 they planted their first Pinot noir and Pinot gris vines. Now these many years later the vineyard is a mature 94 acres, with Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay planted on mostly Nekia clay soils and elevations ranging from 400 to 850 feet.
Currently the whole family is involved in what makes Coria Estates an exciting and 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 with tasting room sales on the side of her professional job as a Speech Language Pathologist. Elizabeth’s husband Tyler handles all photography, as well as the design of all marketing and promotional materials.