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Vineyards

Over the past few years Ken has carefully selected the following vineyards to work with, most of which are found in the Eola-Amity Hills appellation of the Willamette Valley. Not only is the quality of the grapes essential, but the people who are tending the land as well. Our relationship with our farmers are very important and we proudly work with the following parcels of land and their stewards:

 

Walter Scott Wines Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard Eola Amity Hills

Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Kecia & John Keller

In 2011 began leasing a beautiful 2.8 acre vineyard on the South East slope of the Eola-Amity Hills off of Spring Valley Road and began a journey with this special piece of land. Today the land is owned by Kecia & John Keller, who upon falling in love with the site, purchased it and moved back to Oregon in the Fall of 2013.  As of the 2014 growing year the vineyard is Organically farmed, with Ken doing the majority of the tractor work, sprays and helping with the hand work thanks to the amazing direction of Ryan Hannaford, an incredible friend and Viticulturist.

 

Walter Scott Wines Crannell Vineyard Eola Amity Hills

Crannell Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Richard Crannell

This small vineyard was planted in 1999 by Richard Crannell in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills. The vineyard, at 450 feet of elevation, faces east with a beautiful view of Mount Hood. The soil is classic Volcanic over basalt rock, thinner than the Dundee Hills. The vineyard has 2.2 acres planted to Pinot Blanc that is dry farmed without any irrigation.

 

Judy Jordan Capra Eola Springs Vineyard

Eola Springs Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Judy Jordan and Scott Zapotocky of The Capra Company 
 

Eola Springs vineyard sits on the west slope of the Eola-Amity Hills in a section of transitional soils. The thinner volcanic derived red clay classically found here gives way to a ribbon of marine based sedimentary sandstone that is uncommon in this AVA. The vineyard blocks that we source fruit from are planted with un-grafted pommard clone Pinot Noir planted in 1985 and 1995 and include the St. Augustine and Dumb Ox blocks that we have fallen in love with.

After selling her J Vineyards and Winery earlier this year, Judy Jordan purchased Eola Springs Vineyard, which will be managed by The Capra Co., which in turn will fund a nonprofit arm to mentor youth ages 13 to 17.

 

Freedom Hill Vineyard, Willamette Valley Oregon

Freedom Hill Vineyard
Willamette Valley AVA
Dustin, Dan & Helen Dusschee

In 2012 we were thrilled to get grapes from the iconic Freedom Hill Vineyard, which Ken had worked with through St. Innocent for over 10 years. The vineyard was planted in 1982 by Dan and Helen Dusschee who own and farm the vineyard sustainably with their son Dustin. Located in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range, the Freedom Hill Vineyard is planted on Bellpine loam soils. The soils coupled with meticulous farming, create consistent, structured and powerful wines.

 

Dennis Lewman, Lewman Vineyard

Lewman Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Dennis & Kaoru Lewman

Nestled into Spring Valley, adjacent to the Bethel Heights Estate vineyards, sits a little known site called Lewman vineyard. First planted in 1992, Dennis Lewman and his wife Kaoru began farming the site in 2002, tending to the vines themselves, while maintaining fulltime jobs! They farm the vineyard LIVE certified sustainable.

 

Seven Springs Vineyard, Eola-Amity hills
 
Seven Springs Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Rajat Parr & Sashi Mormon
 

Widely considered one of the best vineyards in the Willamette Valley, and certainly in 2014 with Ryan Hannaford at the helm, it is amazing.  We were honored to be selected to work with this famed vineyard, one of only a few wineries in the Valley, thanks to Rajat Parr for believing in what we are doing and trusting us with this fruit.  Walter Scott sources one acre from the original 1984 plantings of un-grafted Pinot Noir vines found in the lower half of the vineyard.

 

Sojourner Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills
 
Sojourner Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Dennis and Thelma Peseau 
 

On the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills, facing west towards the coast range sits the Sojourner Vineyard.  At 650 feet in elevation, the site overlooks the valley and surrounding vineyards.  After over 30 years with Eola Springs Vineyard, Denny found the Sojourner property and developed it into an incredible 16 acres planted to three clones of Pinot Noir: Dijon 115, Pommard and Wadenswill and 3.26 acres of Chardonnay!  The soils are a rocky, volcanic clay with lots of round stones littered throughout. 

 

Temperance Hill Vineyard, eola-Amity Hills

Temperance Hill Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Dai Crisp

In 2012 we were offered a small block of Pinot Noir from the famed Temperance Hill Vineyard, located at the crown of the Eola-Amity Hills. The 100 acre vineyard has been farmed to Organic standards by Dai Crisp since 1999 and is certified Salmon Safe. At an elevation range of 660 to 860 feet, the site is cool, late ripening providing excellent growing conditions for Pinot Noir. The soils are volcanically derived as it is thought to be the remnants of an ancient volcano, giving many different slopes with varying exposures where vines are planted.

 

Walter Scott Wines Vojtilla Chardonnay

Vojtilla Vineyard
Chehalem Mountains AVA
Dennis & Charlene Vojtilla

This perfect little vineyard nestled in the Chehalem Mountains, was meticulously planted in 1990 to a plethora of varietals, but the Pinot Noir & Chardonnay have caught the attention of winemakers.  The vineyard has a Southeast exposure, sliding down Ladd Hill on a gentle slope, so tidy that you feel as if you should take your shoes off to walk in it.  Walter Scott sources both Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, but it is the Chardonnay that has repeatedly impressed over the past few vintages. 

 

 X-Novo Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills

X Novo Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Craig & Robin Williams

In 2010 famed California Cabernet Winemaker, Craig Williams came to Oregon and purchased a few pieces of land and began planting vineyards.  What he did would turn heads as he took an incredible site, facing east in the Eola-Amity Hills and planted it to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  But that's not what got people talking.  It was the Clonal selection that he planted.  The Chardonnay block that we are honored to work with is planted to eleven different clones of Chardonnay!  ELEVEN!!!  It is one of the most unique sites in Oregon, if not the West Coast.