Ruby Vineyard is a family-owned and operated winery and vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, representing a confluence of old roots, both familial and viticultural. The 7.25 acres of Pinot Noir at Ruby are own-rooted vines and some of the oldest in Oregon, planted in a narrow band of rare Laurelwood soils.
Our vineyard is dry-farmed using sustainable agricultural practices and is organic and LIVE certified.
The history of our vineyard starts during the heyday of the Oregon Trail, with the arrival of the Hendricks family in the Willamette Valley.
Ruby Vineyard co-owner Steve Hendricks’ great-great-grandfather, Abijah Hendricks, arrives in the Willamette Valley on the first wagon train of the Oregon Trail and builds a homestead near Carlton.
The first vines at Ruby are planted by John and Beth Hiestand--Wädenswil clone Pinot Noir cuttings from the famous South Block of Eyrie Vineyards originally planted by David Lett, a pioneer of the Oregon wine industry.
Bill Beran plants the majority of what would eventually become Ruby Vineyard--seven acres of own-rooted Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay. The white wine grapes are later grafted to Pinot Noir Dijon clone 115 in 1990.
Bill and Sharon Beran convert an old dairy barn on the property into a winery. 1997 is the first vintage of Beran Vineyards wines.
Steve Hendricks and Flora Habibi purchase the vineyard from Bill and Sharon Beran and establish Ruby Vineyard and Winery, named after Flora’s favorite gemstone. For Steve, Ruby represents a return to his familial roots in the Willamette Valley.
Ruby Vineyard releases its first commercial vintage.
Steve purchases Pinot Noir grapes from Timbale and Thyme Vineyard, the land once owned by his great-great grandfather. These grapes are used to make the Hendricks Legacy Pinot Noir, with a label that bears the land deed originally granted to his family. Read more about the Hendricks Legacy Pinot Noir here.