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.