The Land: Le Puits Sec

Le Puits Sec, the gently sloping, east-facing vineyard is tightly-spaced and nestled on a low terrace (300-420 ft. elevation) on the eastern side of the Eola-Amity Hills ridge. This area, known locally as “Spring Valley”, has already proven to have one of Oregon’s best micro-climates for the production of fine wines from Burgundian and Alsatian varieties. It is here that the rather shallow volcanic basalt soils allow us to achieve the low yields we seek for wines of great intensity and complexity. As well, it is the uniqueness of this “terroir” that gives Le Puits Sec wines their signature.

In order to realize the goal of emphasizing the uniqueness of our terroir (and thus our wines), in 2000 Evesham Wood obtained organic certification of Le Puits Sec vineyard. With the enactment of federal regulations governing organic certification in 2002 (the USDA’s National Organic Program), our winery processing was certified as well. Additionally, we are charter members of DRC (Deep Roots Coalition), a group of local growers/producers which advocates the use of natural methods in the vineyard and cellar, especially the harvesting of grapes exclusively from non-irrigated vineyards (thus forcing the vine’s roots to grow deeper into the soil). Indeed, we feel that the concept of terroir would have little validity in an irrigated vineyard.

When sourcing fruit for our blends or vineyard designates, it remains vitally important to us to partner with vineyards who share our general philosophy. The growers listed below meet that criteria and more.  And we’re so very privileged to work with each of them in bringing to the bottle their unique interpretations of their land and what fruit is meant to be.

 

LE PUITS SEC (Estate)

Owner: Erin and Jordan Nuccio

Vineyard manager: Erin Nuccio

AVA: Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Vineyard size: 12.5 acres

Property size: 25 acres

Soil: Jory, Nekia, Woodburn

Elevation: 300-420 ft.

Vine age: Planted 1986

Clones:  Pommard, 115 and 114 for Pinot Noir and 96 for Chardonnay.

Certification(s): USDA Certified, Oregon Tilth, Deep Roots Coalition, Salmon Safe; certified organic since 2000

MAHONIA VINEYARD

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Owner: John Miller

Vineyard manager: Stirling Fox; SWiG

AVA: Willamette Valley

Vineyard size: 12 acres

Property size: 35 acres

Soil: Jory and Nekia

Elevation: 450 ft.

Vine age: Planted between 1985 and 1993

Clones: Pommard, 113, 114, 115, 777 for Pinot Noir and 76, 95, 96 for Chardonnay. Also Pinot gris and Pinot blanc.

Certification(s): LIVE Certified, Salmon Safe, Carbon Neutral Challenge (CRC)

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ILLAHE VINEYARD

Learn more about Illahe Vineyard →

Owner: Lowell Ford

Vineyard manager: Lowell Ford

AVA: Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Vineyard size: 62 acres

Property size: 80 acres

Soil: Dupee and Wellsdale, which are sedimentary yellow clay from the floods. Some jory in the east pommard.

Elevation: 250 to 400 ft.

Vine age: Earliest plantings in 2000

Clones: Pommard, 777, 115

Certification(s): LIVE certified

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TEMPERANCE HILL

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Owner: Edward Koo family

Vineyard manager: Dai Crisp

AVA: Eola-Amity Hills

Vineyard size: 100+ acres

Property size: 200 acres approximately

Soil: Primarily Jory. Nekia near top block, uppermost section.

Elevation: 800 ft.

Vine age: Planted in 1982

Clones: Pommard on its roots

Certification(s): Certified organic in 2012

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