With the purchase of the original Dundee Hills Vineyard, twenty acres planted with some of the oldest vines- dating back to 1974- in the Willamette Valley, Winderlea gained the opportunity to craft its wines from one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Oregon.
The vineyard sits on the south side of Worden Hill Road with ideal elevations of 480 to 570 feet. The original plantings include Pommard, Wadenswil and the so-called Coury Clone, a selection imported in the late ’60s by one of the early pioneers of Oregon grape growing, Charles Coury. Today the site is composed of thirteen blocks entirely devoted to Pinot Noir.
The vineyard has been meticulously maintained and enhanced since it was planted, including the introduction of Dijon clones on higher-density spacing. Farming practices have focused on reducing yields and improving canopy efficiency resulting in improved fruit and wine quality. To that end, the Winderlea Vineyard has been farmed Biodynamic® since 2009 and earned Demeter Biodynamic® Certification in 2015.
The wines we’ve tasted from this vineyard over the past several years have captivated us. The vineyard is known for its red fruit characteristics, especially dried red cherry and red raspberry. It also produces a hint of spice and vanilla and is recognized for its true violet nose. They are the elegant, sensuous, feminine and balanced wines we so love and look to produce.