The 34 acres are comprised of: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer. Twenty acres were planted in 1973 - 74 with an additional 7.5 acres of Chardonnay in 1990 and 6.5 acres of Pinot Gris in 1997. The site is a gentle rolling hillside with a southern exposure, and an elevation pf 420 to 480 feet above sea level. These elements, along with the naturally cool Gales Creek Valley, combine to create an environment that ripens the grapes slowly, producing an abundance of varietal character and delicacy, similar to the growing regions of France and Germany.
Harvey Shafer's philosophy "the wines are made on the vine"
is reflected in the "TLC" given the vineyard. The cane-spur renewal
method of pruning is used in the vineyard. This technique is one of the most
time-consuming methods of pruning, but is used to obtain the full potential from
each plant. A lot of energy goes into the viticultural practices, and the wines
reflect this effort.
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