This place held promise for much more than the rugged fields and scattered stands of fir trees foretold. After careful planning and site preparation the professionals were brought in to evaluate what grapes would grow best here on Pete's Mountain; 3 acres of Chardonnay & 19 acres of Pinot Noir. The rows were plotted to make the best use of how the sun moved across the sky. The soil was turned and stakes set in place. Acre after acre the vines were planted and strung up to take what nature had for them in this new home. One never quite knows what will happen. We waited. We were delighted to have harvested 1,575 cases of fruit in 2018, enough to produce our Estate Pinot Noir Rosé, Stainless Chardonnay, Barrel Select Chardonnay and our much anticipated Couer Blanc (a full bodied white from our estate Pinot Noir fruit), all of which will be available in the Spring of 2019 in our tasting room.
Looking forward, we envision being able to offer four additional Estate Pinot Noir wines in 2020. Until then we have been blessed to partner with local wineries for a splendid selection of classic vines to enjoy right here in this special place we call Tumwater Reserve. Our 2019 Summer Menu includes six Pinot Noirs, from award winning Willamette Valley vineyards.
With a smile and a pause to take in the bouquet, we sampled our very first small batch wine from the 2016 harvest. There was just enough wine to share between those gathered.
"It tasted like victory" was the response from Gordon Root, Principal developer of the Tumwater property. Well said Gordon, it has been one long row to hoe. Let us raise a glass to the future of this vineyard and the grateful heart we share in seeing it come to fruition. Cheers!
Laurent attended the Institute of Oenology of Bordeaux, where he immersed himself in studies of vineyard management and wine making. He worked in California’s Napa Valley before moving to Oregon. He has gained the respect of industry leaders and professionals with his passion for the highest quality standards in the vineyard coupled with a philosophy of minimal intervention in the production of hand-crafted wines. He produces Tumwater wines at his state of the art wine making facility in nearby Dundee, Oregon.
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