Happenings & Musing from the Eola-Amity Hills.

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October 14, 2019

The holiday season means festive gatherings with large bottles of everyone's favorite wine! An incredible vintage like 2017 offers the perfect time to invest in magnums. 

Here are our TOP-5 reasons to go BIG with magnum bottles.

Show up to a party with a big bottle and we guarantee
it gets opened and enjoyed that night. 

Magnums age much more slowly than 750mL bottles.
A classic vintage like 2017 produced wines that were built to age gracefully.

Did you get married in 2017? Did you become a parent or grandparent?
Mark that magnificent memory with a 2017 magnum. 

Pull one cork & serve 2x the wine? Yes Please!

It is the season of giving after all. Don't know what to donate to your favorite
charity's annual auction? Offer an Evening Land magnum! 

Oct 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
August 23, 2019

Fans of Evening Land know we are proud to farm roughly 10% of all the Gamay planted in the Willamette Valley. From our old-vines Gamay, planted in 1988 to our 'young vines' planted in 2003, the Gamay comprises a small portion of our acreage yet looms large in the hearts of our customers. 

After the 2017 vintage, our 1.1 acres of heavily phylloxerated old-vines Gamay needed to be removed. With decreasing yields and diminishing vine health, the time had finally come to bid farewell to these stalwarts of Seven Springs. Knowing this day would eventually come, we wisely saved cuttings from our winter pruning in 2017 and shipped them to Martinez Orchards, a nursery in the Sacramento Delta of California, for grafting and propagation. 

Winemaker Ben DiCristina personally ventured down to California's central valley to bring our Gamay seedlings back home and as we planted these new, healthy plants which came from our historic old vines, we ushered in the next chapter of Gamay here in the Eola-Amity Hills. Ben also shared his photo journal of the voyage with us. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE to purchase our 2018 Gamay Noir





Aug 23, 2019 at 8:43 AM
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By far, the number one question all of us at Evening Land get asked is some version of “We’re visiting Oregon! Any recommendations on where we should stay/eat/visit?”

And we do have recommendations…TONS of them. But it always gets clunky when we say “Absolutely, here’s my card, email me and I’ll send you a list” or even worse “Do you have a pen? Let me write down some places for you”…invariably on the back of an envelope or something likely to get lost.

We all wanted an elegant solution to our clunky responses and a better way to share our favorite places in Portland and in the Willamette Valley. And with a little help from our friend and illustrator, Blake Suárez, we now have our own little City Mouse and Country Mouse to help you navigate our team’s favorite places.

Next time you run into anyone from Evening Land, whether in our tasting room or in some far-flung locale and you mention you’re headed to Oregon…well, we’ll be ready with our favorites.

DISCLAIMER - Not all our favorites could fit on this card, but it's a solid start to a great visit.

Jun 12, 2019 at 9:14 AM
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Great Wine is Made in the Vineyard

This is a maxim one hears so often in the world of fine wine. But what does it mean to you, the wine drinker, with a glass of Evening Land Pinot Noir in-hand? Our historic Seven Springs Estate Vineyard is cared for and farmed by an exceptionally talented farmer named Jessica Cortell. Jessica, along with a host of other talented farmers is featured in this month's Oregon Wine Press profiling a remarkable group of women turning a male-dominated industry on its heels.  

photo by Kathryn Elsesser

We asked Evening Land winemaker Ben DiCristina 'How does Jessica's work in Seven Springs show up in a glass of Evening Land wine?'

"She is most concerned with the health of the vines and works diligently to make sure each vine achieves optimum health. She does this so that the shoots and flowers are strong and the fruit sets well. Throughout the growing season, she works hard to keep disease at bay and has really dialed this in over the past few vintages, despite many of our neighbors suffering great losses year after year. Towards harvest, she wants the canopy (the shoots and leaves on the vine) to remain strong so that ripening is not delayed. Jessica leaves no stone unturned to maintain the health of the vine"

Jessica likes to say "Don't just grow a vine, grow wine". This simple, seven-word sentiment holds within it a great truth that many lifelong grape growers never realize. We partner with Jessica and trust her to nurture and farm Seven Springs because she understands and enjoys the challenge of growing great wine, not just a vine. So next time you open a bottle of Evening Land, take a moment to appreciate the passionate and thoughtful vine-by-vine approach Jessica brings to every glass of our wine. 

Click HERE to read the great feature in Oregon Wine Press and HERE to visit Jessica's website. 


Jun 4, 2019 at 6:04 AM
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Look to the Future

Energy, vitality, tension, and freshness. How do these traits manifest in wine? How do they enhance our enjoyment of wine when young? How do they presage age-worthiness and promote a slow, compelling evolution in bottle? We spend a lot of time thinking about these traits and asking ourselves these questions. With the launch of our sparkling wine program at Evening Land, we take another important step in deepening our understanding of these traits and of the Seven Springs Vineyard.

Seeing Seven Springs, presented through the prism of traditionally-crafted sparkling wine, demonstrates these traits in a way that is all at once new, promising, and thrilling. 

Add Evening Land's first ever Sparkling Blanc de Noirs to your cellar!

la Fôret - The Energetic Core of Seven Springs

At the summit of Seven Springs sits a minuscule and stunningly picturesque field of Pinot Noir we call ‘la Fôret’ (The Forest). Here, the vibrant green leaves of Pinot Noir vines are held in relief against the dark green needles of towering Douglas fir. Even in warm vintages - with which we’ve been blessed of many as of late - the vines on the edge of la Fôret struggle to ripen satisfactorily for a still Pinot Noir because they are shaded for parts of the day. In the 2015 vintage, we began the tedious work of hand-harvesting those shaded edges of la Fôret intentionally early and we embarked on serious and long-term sparkling wine program at Evening Land.

Crafting a compelling sparkling wine is a remarkably difficult endeavor. Harvest for sparkling wine usually happens 12 to 18 days before the harvest for still wines. Therefore you must begin with fruit that demonstrates compelling flavors and the capacity for great complexity at a very early point in the ripening process. In la Fôret, where the ripening process is slow and gradual, the fruit possesses these traits which become the essential building blocks of a promising sparkling wine.

The Craft - Patience and Expertise

The patience and expertise required to complete the laborious processes of tirage and disgorgement are rare but essential in the pursuit of great sparkling wine. We are aided in this effort by our friendship with Michael Cruse. His dedication to finishing sparkling wines is second-to-none. We first began working with Michael in the 2012 vintage at Sandhi and the resulting wines gave us the confidence to pursue this project at Evening Land in partnership with him.


The Wine - 2015 Seven Springs Blanc de Noirs

The 2015 Seven Springs Blanc de Noirs is energetic and focused, with bright-fruited aromas and notes of Alpine berries and botanicals. The refined mousse glosses the palate with richness and carries through flavors of citrus, toasted hazelnut skin, and ripe berries to a lively finish.

Hand-harvested Pinot Noir was gently pressed into neutral barrels. After fermentation, the wine was bottled sur lie and aged in bottle (under crown cap) for 3 full years before being disgorged by hand this past winter. The wine is classified as 'Brut Nature' or 'naturally dry' as there is no sugar added in the dosage before the bottle is closed with cork and cage. 


The Label

Our rocky, volcanic soils imbue all of our Seven Springs wines with character and minerality. We felt it appropriate to give that special soil center stage and emblazon our sparkling wine labels with a microscopic image of our soils. Seen in deep detail, the crystal formations of silica tetrahedrons show our weathering and decomposing volcanic soils here in the Eola-Amity Hills. 




Apr 30, 2019 at 5:00 AM
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What other wine region gets up off the couch and brings a contingent all the way across the continent for your enjoyment? We're hitting the road along with many of our Willamette Valley neighbors in celebration of Oregon Wine Month. 

BOSTON - May 2nd

Pinot in the City comes to Boston for the very first time! Evening Land is part of a cohort of 50 wineries descending on the commonwealth to pour our wines for consumers. Join us at The Castle at Park Plaza on Thursday, May 2nd for an evening of terrific Oregon wine. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 7th

Nothing elicits bipartisan joy better than a room full of terrific Oregon wine. We are excited to partner with Zachys in Washington D.C. to host an intimate evening with some tremendous wines. We'll be joined by our neighbors at Bethel Heights, Cristom, St. Innocent, Argyle, Brooks, and Elk Cove!


Apr 15, 2019 at 5:44 AM
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February 13, 2019


It is impossible to set foot in Seven Springs Vineyard and not feel a deep connection to Oregon’s rich history. Vines planted at the outset of the 1980s stand as proud reminders of the vineyard’s role in making the Eola-Amity Hills a world-class winegrowing region. We know each time we harvest these vines, we are just a small chapter in the story of this great vineyard.

For its first 24 vintages, grapes from Seven Springs were sold to many important Oregon wineries. 


Pinot Noir from the old vines at Seven Springs played an important role in the inaugural vintages of 2 seminal Oregon producers. Before Evesham Wood founder Russ Raney planted his now famous Le Puits Sec estate vineyard in 1989, he bottled his first vintage of Pinot Noir with fruit purchased from Seven Springs in 1986. Evesham Wood would go on to bottle Seven Springs vineyard designate Pinot Noir for much of the 1990s and early 2000s.

The 1992 vintage marked the beginning of what would become one of Oregon’s most recognizable wineries. Cristom bottled both a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Reserve Pinot Noir in the 1992 vintage with fruit from the old vines at Seven Springs. Winemaker Steve Doerner’s thoughtful notes from Cristom’s earliest vintages can still be accessed online. They offer a fascinating time capsule of many classic Oregon vintages.


To the best of our knowledge, 1990 marked the first vintage the name ‘Seven Springs Vineyard’ was designated on a wine label. Both Adelsheim and St. Innocent bottled Seven Springs Vineyard-designate Pinot Noir in the 1990 vintage. 

These two bottlings began an uninterrupted stretch of vintages that continues today, prominently placing the name Seven Springs on the front label of every bottle of wine.


These same old vines now form Evening Land’s Seven Springs Pinot Noir. Our 2016 vintage is a sublime and brilliant Pinot Noir. The signature smokiness of our volcanic soils hovers over a fine balance of bright red fruits and subtle savory aromas. The old vines imbue the wine with complexity and subtlety impossible to achieve from younger vines.

It is a privilege to farm and make wine from these old vines. Our responsibility as stewards of this site feels greater with each passing vintage and with each new chapter of the vineyard we discover. We thank you for making a place for our wines in your cellar and we invite you to visit us on your next trip to Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills.

Feb 13, 2019 at 11:50 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
January 28, 2019

Evening Land's very first sparkling wine has arrived! Today (1/29/19) we release our 2015 Seven Springs Blanc de Blancs to our mailing list. The wine will be poured in our tasting room beginning in March. Read on to learn the backstory behind the incredible process that goes into making classic, méthode champenois sparkling wine. 

The Wine


All sparkling wine begins with a 'base wine' or a 'still wine', The 2015 Seven Springs Blanc de Blancs is composed of 100% Chardonnay from block 9 of our estate vineyard, Seven Springs. 
We harvest fruit for sparkling wine much earlier than we would for still wines. We harvested this Chardonnay at 17 brix, which is about 2 weeks before we would have picked it for regular, still wine. As a point of reference, the brix level for grapes destined to be bottled as still Chardonnay are harvested in the range of 22-23 brix. Another way to consider the difference in the maturity of these grapes is to understand that we harvest the Chardonnay for sparkling wine 10-14 days before we harvest Chardonnay for still wine.

The grapes are gently pressed into neutral barrels where the Chardonnay juice undergoes a natural and spontaneous fermentation. The wine remained in barrel for 7 months before we sent it to our good friend Michael Cruse in Petaluma, California for the laborious process of TIRAGE and DISGORGEMENT.


Step 1: Bottle the base wine and seal with a crown cap (like the metal tops on soda bottles). This bottling is done immediately upon receipt of the base wine without any settling or clarifying. We want those lees (yeast cells) to live in each bottle, undergoing a slow, enzymatic self-destruction that builds long and luscious flavor protein chains...the building block of the wine's texture.

Step 2: Prepare the bottles for disgorgement and corking. Riddling is the time-intensive process here. It involves slowly twisting the and angling the bottles downwards towards the neck so the solids fall to opening of the bottle. Below, Michael is in the midst of riddling racks checking to see where the sediment sits in the bottle.

Step 3: Disgorgement and corking under the traditional mushroom cork and cage we're all familiar with. The necks of each bottle are frozen and the crown cap is popped off, jettisoning the tiny frozen bits of lees and solids that have been dutifully riddled to the top of the bottle. This would normally be the moment where dosage is added, but this wine is 'non-dosage' meaning totally dry. 


Now the wine is ready to enjoyed or cellared. Sparkling wines crafted in this traditional method are at their most effervescent immediately after bottling. With time the bubbles slowly decrease in size and intensity. If you are a regular drinker of Grower Champagnes you know that through careful sleuthing you can glean the vintage or vintages of the base wine and subtract it from the disgorgement date to deduce the time the wine spent on the lees. You can also subtract the disgorgement date from the date you pop the cork to determine how fine or effusive the bubbles may be. If you're on the hunt for a rich, nutty, and biscuity bottle of bubbly, look for a late disgorgement date. If you're desperately in need of something bright, bracing, and zippy, seek out a bottle who's vintage and disgorgement are both very recent. 



Our label is a microscopic photograph of silica tetrahedrons. This is the parent rock of our weathering, volcanic clay soils here in the Eola-Amity Hills. These volcanic soils imbue all our Chardonnay, both sparkling and still, with energy and an exciting thread of minerality that makes the wines come alive in your glass. 

Jan 28, 2019 at 12:11 PM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
January 16, 2019

IF YOU'RE ALREADY PLANNING YOUR VALENTINE'S DAY're doing it right! We're big fans of dining in on Valentine's Day. Avoid the restaurant rat-race and prepare a simple, delicious meal paired with Evening Land wines. We've really been enjoying Alison Roman's new cookbook, DINING IN. Two great recipes to pair with our Seven Springs Chardonnay and La Source Pinot Noir are below! 


This easy, homemade grissini, dressed with good butter and wrapped with prosciutto makes for the perfect toasty and salty foil to our bright and bracing Seven Springs Chardonnay


We do love our mushrooms here in Oregon. The only thing earthier and more soulful than mushrooms is Oregon Pinot Noir. This main course is comforting and pairs perfectly with our La Source Pinot Noir.

Jan 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM
Evening Land Vineyards ELV
January 11, 2019

We're fortunate to have several talented photographers (both amateurs and pros) visit Seven Springs Vineyard in 2018. Below are 4 of our favorite shots of Seven Springs along with the photographers Instagram handles. Enjoy!








Jan 11, 2019 at 7:19 AM

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