We are dedicated to making wines full of energy, with the number one goal of truly capturing a place and time in each bottle. We work closely with our farmers to achieve this goal, and consider them to be the true inspiration of our work. Cheers to them for growing such beautiful fruit, and to you for reading this. You’re a bunch of gems.
-Ross & Bee
Temperance Hill Vineyard | Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Willamette Valley
Dai Crisp went to school at OSU for theatre and photo-journalism, and then earned a MFA at UC Irvine. After returning to Oregon from his studies, he went on to “do what you do when you leave acting school” and began working vineyards in the southern end of the Willamette Valley. He planted his family’s farm, Wren Vineyard, in 1985 and never looked back. Always farming organically, he began doing vineyard management for a number of well-regarded wineries in the area. He has been at the helm of Temperance Hill for the past 18 years and is considered to be one of the best wine growers in the state. He and his wife PK started their own wine label, Lumos Wines, in 2000.
Temperance Hill is a cooler site, consisting of varying slopes and exposures. The vineyard looks straight out over the Van Duzer corridor, the large break in the Oregon coast line, receiving the full effects of the famed afternoon winds that pull in cooler air from the Pacific ocean, allowing great ripening capabilities in the area.
|Acres under vine||80|
|Years Planted||1981. Nevada Block (our gris!) in the early 90s.|
Thistle Pinot Gris - Haakon/Lenai Vineyard | Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley
Jon and Laura Jennison moved their family from the east coast to the Dundee Hills of Oregon in 1996 to pursue their dream of producing wine from their own organically farmed vineyard. The vineyard was planted in 2000 to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. The vineyard is now owned and farmed by Cody Wright from Purple Hands winery and his team. Maloof wines continues to control the only two blocks of Pinot Gris on the site, which we still refer to as “Thistle”. This was the very first Pinot Gris site we began working with, and is a truly special place for us.
|Acres under vine||27|
Nemarniki Vineyard | Chehalem Mountains AVA, Willamette Valley
Diane Nemarnik farms a little slice of paradise in the Chehalem Mountain range. Diane comes from a family with a long history in farming and produce. She wanted to own and operate a vineyard since she was in high school. “I think it was just something that was in my blood.”
|Acres under vine||6 and counting|
|Years Planted||2011, 2012, 2013, 2019, 2020|
|Farming||dry farmed, in process of Organic certification via Oregon TILTH|
Mae's Vineyard / Eevee's Vineyard | Applegate Valley
These are a pair of vineyards Herb Quady planted on two neighboring ridges within their home property, each named after one of his daughters. Herb comes from a family of California winemakers, and has fully engaged himself in the southern Oregon wine industry. He farms his home site, as well as a slew of other organic vineyards in southern OR under his “Applegate Vineyard Management” umbrella alongside his mother-in-law. He also owns and operates Quady North winery. Pick up a bottle of their Pistoleta, you won’t regret it.
|Acres under vine||16 acres|
|Years Planted||2006 (Mae's) , 2011 (Eevee's)|
|Farming||Organic through ODA|
|Soil||Granite, gravely silt loam|
Beckenridge Vineyard | Willamette Valley
Ken and his wife Becky (hence BEC(K)EN RIDGE) purchased the then Ellandale vineyard in the late 90s. It was originally planted in 1976 by the Hudson family. After retiring from their respective careers in Seattle (Becky in telecommunications, and Ken in system engineering), they decided they wanted to return to their home state and begin farming. When they firs came in control of the vineyard, neither of them has any previous experience. “These last 19 years have been our best jobs ever. After multiple careers and things we’ve done, these years of farming have been the best.”
|Acres under vine||12.75|
|Farming||In transition to certified organic|
|Soil||Jory / Loam|
Johan Vineyard | Willamette Valley
Elise Hansen | Morgan Beck | Dag Sunby
Dag Sunby purchased the property in 2005, where he and his family continue to live. Dan Rinke joined Dag just two years later in 2007 to head up the farming. Dan began converting Johan into a biodynamic farm upon his arrival, and has aggressively grafted and replanted portions of the vineyard using lesser known varieties ever since. In 2020, Dan Stepped back from the day to day, leaving the farming rains to Elise Hansen, who has continued to do wonderful work growing grapes, and expanding the farming to include animal grazing, as well as beginning to farm vegetables for a Johan CSA. Morgan Beck heads up the cellar team and is producing some of our favorite wines in the area. The Johan crew continues to push the envelope in Oregon in both farming, and winemaking. It is a remarkably special place. Drink their wines!
|Acres under vine||85 acres and growing|
|Years Planted||2002 & 2003|
|Soil||Marine sedimentary with granite deposits|