A Few Surprises Along the Way | 2020 Harvest

A Few Surprises Along the Way | 2020 Harvest

On Wednesday October 7th we officially concluded harvest for 2020 by picking Chardonnay from the Meredith Mitchell Vineyard.  In general, 2020 has been a year that has required a lot of adaptation and the Oregon grape harvest has been no different.  We’ve...
Cheers to Number 15!

Cheers to Number 15!

And just like that, it’s harvest.  Really, I thought I had another week.  Or more.  Perhaps it’s like that every year, we think there’s time to prepare and then harvest sneaks up on us.  But I feel more unprepared than usual this year.  We had a...
A Fondness for Lower Yields

A Fondness for Lower Yields

Over the past week we’ve been getting estimates on what harvest will look like later this year.  It appears that it is going to be significantly smaller than usual. The forecast for the Winderlea Vineyard is about 40% lower than it was for last year. We...
Cheers to Number 15!

A Sunny Reward Post Harvest

As I write this I am sitting in my living room with the sun shining on my face while my field of vision is of blue skies over ribbons of fog in the valley.  Closer in, the last yellow and orange grape leaves are hanging on in the vineyard.  The last ten days or so...
The 2018 Vintage Has Arrived

The 2018 Vintage Has Arrived

Last week when I wrote about harvest being close, I had no idea we would be picking just a few days later.  Harvest kicked off for Winderlea, Saturday September 1st, with Chardonnay from Carabella vineyard for our Sparkling wine program.  We sampled the vineyard the...
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