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The Vineyard

Ruby Vineyard is 7.25 acres of some of the oldest Pinot Noir in Oregon. Own-rooted Wadenswil was planted in 1973 and own rooted Pommard, Chardonnay and Riesling were planted in 1979.  The white wine vines were grafted to Dijon 115 in 1990, so now the vineyard is 100% Pinot Noir.  For over 35 years the roots have grown deep into the Laurelwood soil.  The old vines produce wines of great depth and character.

Our Wadenswil clone of Pinot Noir has special heritage, it was sourced from the famous South Block of Eyrie Vineyards, UCD clone 1A.   Our Pommard was sourced from Erath Vineyard and is the original UCD 4 or 103 clone.  The Dijon 115 used for grafting was also purchased from Erath.

The vineyard is located only 20 miles southwest of downtown Portland, in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, elevation between 340′ and 410′, with southeast, south and southwest aspects. The vineyard is farmed organically using sustainable agricultural practices. The soil type is Laurelwood and is unirrigated. Prior to conversion for viticulture, the property was a walnut orchard and a dairy farm.

The Wadenswil clones are trellised utilizing a modified Scott Henry trellising system and the Dijon 115 and Pommard clones are trellised using the vertical shoot positioning system.

PHYLLOXERA

Own rooted vines are special, but European vinis vinifera is not resistant to North American phylloxera, which chews on grape roots and can wipe out a vineyard. We investigated whether it currently had a phylloxera infestation, including digging up roots, and then driving them to OSU for microscopic examination. (Thank you Maggie!). The results: a clean bill of health.

Our challenge going forward is keeping these wonderful old vines phylloxera free. For more information on phylloxera, see this OSU publication. http://berrygrape.org/phylloxera-what-is-it/

PRESCOTT BLUEBIRD RECOVERY PROJECT

We are supporting the recovery of the Prescott Bluebird with nesting boxes on the edge of the vineyard. http://www.prescottbluebird.com/

DEER DAMAGE

One of the first challenges we faced when we took over the vineyard in August, 2012: deer had heavily grazed the lower end. After neighbors fenced their property in 2009, pressure increased on this vineyard because deer love tender, new growth. So we installed an 8 foot deer fence to protect the precious vines.

In the spring of 2013, we started seeing the old plants rebound, coming back to health. This year the vines are much happier and we should have grapes to ripen from the lower part of the vineyard.

Pruning Grapevines

Below is a YouTube video illustrating how vertical shoot positioning trellised grapes are pruned courtesy of Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Northwest Washington state. More information regarding the products and services provided by this nursery may be found by visiting their web site at: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org/

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