We believe that the most critical component in making fine wine is the quality of the grapes used to make that wine. As a source for our grapes we have sought out vineyards which are naturally restricted in production as a consequence of shallow soils and scarce water and which are further managed to yield small numbers of clusters with concentrated flavors. Another requirement is maturity, as we think that well established, older vineyards produce the highest quality grapes.
Elkton Vineyard: One of our two estate vineyards, it was planted in 1972 and is one of the oldest in Oregon. It is located on a steep hillside with a Western exposure at an elevation of 250-300 feet and has soils of moderate (3 feet) depth. Pinot noir (Wadenswil and Pommard clones) and Gewürztraminer are grown here.
Black Oak Vineyard: Named for the massive oak tree growing at its center, this is the second of our estate vineyards and also was planted in 1972. Situated lower on the same hillside as Elkton Vineyard, it has a gentler slope and is at 200-250 feet elevation. Soil depth ranges from 3 feet at the higher portion to as little as 1 foot in some sections. This vineyard produces the Pommard, Dijon 115 and Wadenswil clones of pinot noir.
We also source grapes from other Elkton vineyards. They include:
Bradley Vineyard: Located less than a mile from our estate vineyards and on the same hillside, this vineyard was planted in 1983 with the Wadenswil clone of pinot noir. The terrain is moderately sloped with soil depths ranging from 1.5 to 3 feet.
Pace Family Vineyard: Adjacent to our estate vineyards are twelve acres of vineyard owned by Rod and Nina Pace. It produces pinot noir, pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer. Half of the vineyard was planted in 1983, and the remainder in 1998. Like our estate vineyards, it is on a West-facing gentle hillside, is never irrigated, is own-rooted, and is farmed sustainably.
Myron’s Vineyard: This vineyard has nine acres of pinot noir vines. It was planted in 2003 and 2004 on a gentle west-facing hillside, situated between Bradley Vineyard and our estate vineyards. The first grapes were harvested in 2007.
Gillirose Vineyard: This vineyard, owned by Gillian Seitz, is located a half-mile west of the winery on very gently sloping south-facing land adjacent to highway 38. Planted in 2007 and 2008, these young vines produce surprisingly dark wines. The vineyard has pinot noir, pinot gris and Riesling vines.
Vintage Farm Vineyard: Located across the road and down the hill from our Elkton Vineyard, this growing vineyard, on a moderate west-facing slope, produces baco noir. The first block of vines was planted in 2011, and Ken and Etsuko Mason plan on adding blocks of aligote and sauvignon blanc in 2014.