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Vineyards

Ken has thoughtfully selected the vineyards we work with, in part by the quality of the grapes and the location, but also in part by relationships. We look for good stewards of the land. We look for people who share our vision of letting the site and the vintage shine through. And we look for people we might like to sit down and share a glass of wine with. Most of the vineyards listed below are in the Eola-Amity sub appellation of the Willamette Valley, and all of them are friends. 

  

Walter Scott Wines Clos des Oiseaux Vineyard Eola Amity Hills

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

In 2011 we 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 Kecia overseeing the farming.

 

Dubay Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Ryan Hannaford

On the east slope of the Eola-Amity Hills sits a crazy, steep, rocky vineyard called Dubay. This epic little vineyard is farmed by a great friend and vineyard whisperer, Ryan Hannaford. He has to use a crawler to spray and do tractor work, but nothing great is ever easy. We get two strips of grapes from this site, touching all three clones planted here in 1998 by Dean Sandifer.

 

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.

 

Hope Well Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Mimi Casteel

Hope Well is a beautiful vineyard, tended by Mimi Casteel, where she encourages vines to stretch and mingle with the roots of a full and diverse ground cover. Here Mimi farms with humans alongside sheep, llamas, alpacas and goats to do the work of careful stewardship, encouraging tapestries of knotted and magnificent subterranean fabric of vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, fungi, bacteria. This vineyard is full of Mimi's energy and vision, and we are honored to work with her and fruit.

  

Justice Vineyard, Ted Casteel & Pat Dudley

Justice Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Ted Casteel, Pat & Barbara Dudley

In 1999 Ted, Pat & Barbara purchased a stunning twenty acre piece of land adjacent to their winery Bethel Heights.  This gave Ted the opportunity to plant Justice Vineyard using all the latest clones, rootstocks, vine spacing and trellising he had discovered while farming the Bethel Heights Estate vineyards over the previous 20 years. He was committed to producing the best grapes possible, farming the vines with the utmost care and maintaining biological diversity and ecological balance on the whole estate. After 5 years of harrasment, Ted finally broke down and offered a block of Pinot Noir to Ken! Our persistance finally paid off!

 

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 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.

 

Mike Etzel Sequitur Vineyard
 
Sequitur Vineyard
Ribbon Ridge AVA
Michael Etzel and Carey Critchlow
 

In 2010, Mike & Carey purchased an amazing property directly adjacent to Beaux Freres's Upper Terrace, where they planted a 12 acre pinot noir vineyard. What distinguishes this vineyard, in addition to the 17 clones of pinot noir planted here, is a forest of Douglas Fir enclosing three sides of the vineyard, which gives this gentle south slope protection from winds and preserves its unique terrior. The virgin marine sediment soils in the vineyard have only been farmed with organic and biodynamic principles in order to preserve the native ground cover. We are so incredibly honored to work with Mike & Carey and this incredible site!

 

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 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 fifiteen different clones of Chardonnay! It is one of the most unique sites in Oregon, if not the West Coast.