"The Wines Are Made On The Vine"
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
and an elevation of 420 to 480 feet above sea level. These elements,
the naturally cool Gales Creek Valley, combine to create an environment
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
one of the
time-consuming methods of pruning, but is used to obtain the full
each plant. A lot of energy goes into the viticultural practices, and
reflect this effort.