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About Our Wines

In the early 90s we fell in love with Pinot noir. Its elegance and sensuality – and the beautiful way it paired with a range of foods delighted us. As we tasted through wines from across the country we found the characteristics we most loved in Oregon Pinot noir. We...

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Our Roots

When we made the decision to refocus and relocate our lives to Oregon, our driving ambition was to grow and make Pinot noir.  We’ve told our story thousands of  times.  Our favorite grape was Pinot noir and our favorite American Pinot noirs came from the Willamette...

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Winderlea Grafts Block 5

Winderlea Grafts Block 5

A lot has happened in the vineyard over the last week.   We replanted one of our Legacy blocks at the top of the vineyard, replacing the 45 year old own rooted Pommard with like Pommard on root stock.  We hope to start to harvest those new plantings in the 2024...

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Worden Hill Vineyard Gets Sheep

Worden Hill Vineyard Gets Sheep

When Winderlea started farming Biodynamic® in 2009, it was always our hope that one day we would be able to bring animals onto the vineyard (our labradoodles Monty and Celie did not count!)  We did bring honey bees on in 2010 and chickens in 2014 and they have been...

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Story of St. Vincent and History of Pruning

Story of St. Vincent and History of Pruning

There are at least 30 saints who are honored for an association with wine, but of all St. Vincent is at the top of the list. St. Vincent was born toward the end of the third century and is the protomartyr of Spain (first one martyred for Christian beliefs). He was a...

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Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

On Tuesday, Donna and I experienced one of the first signs of Spring; the blessing of the final blends of Rosé.  We’ll have two very distinct wines again this year, one from the Winderlea Estate Vineyard and the other, the Clos Vernier from Worden Hill Vineyard.  Both...

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Leaving Space for Beauty and Discovery

Leaving Space for Beauty and Discovery

I've been trying to compose this in my mind in the weeks before Father's Day but had trouble getting it to a final form.  I've been thinking about the idea of leaving space.  This takes many forms; leaving space for others, leaving space for beliefs that are...

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Pinot Blanc and Summertime Peach Salad

Pinot Blanc and Summertime Peach Salad

Seasonal and delicious, this salad only takes a few minutes to whip up and pairs perfectly with our Alsatian style Pinot blanc. The 2019 Pinot blanc shows notes of grapefruit and papaya, with an underlying briny character that compliments those juicy stone fruits...

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