Gamay is not the first grape variety that springs to mind when someone says 'Oregon.' Our region has spent the better part of the last four decades making itself synonymous with Pinot Noir. But our volcanic soils and increasingly warm growing seasons lend themselves beautifully to the supple and quaffable Gamay grape.
The Old Vines
It is a great privilege to farm some of the oldest Gamay vines; not just in Oregon, but in all of North America. Our old-vine, own- rooted Gamay comprises a miniscule portion of our planted acreage at
Seven Springs, but the resulting wine never fails to surprise and delight. These old vines contribute a deft structure and long finish to our final blend.
The Young Vines
Across the vegetable garden and just beyond our biodynamic compost
windrows sits 2 acres of Gamay planted in 2003. These 'young vines.' sit on a gentle upslope and face back to the west. These grafted vines contribute that quaff-ability, fruitiness, and freshness so often associated with the Gamay grape.