Our fruit sources are favored vineyards from both Oregon and Washington, some of which we have worked with for nearly two decades. Others are new explorations.
Elevation: 350 to 600 feet
Soil Type: Marine Sedimentary – Bellpine
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Clones: Pommard, 777
American Viticultural Area: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in Dallas, Oregon in the eastern foothills of the Central Oregon Coast Range and the southern end of the Willamette Valley. While this vineyard is a new exploration for us, we had been aware of its exceptional reputation for some time. The unique conditions of this location lend themselves naturally to the production of a firmly delicate wine with clarity and finesse.
Elevation: 100 to 400 feet
Soil Type: Marine Sedimentary – Willakenzie
Varietal: Pinot Noir
American Viticultural Area: Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon
Mount Richmond Vineyard is located in Gaston, Oregon in the eastern foothills of the Coastal Range, but north of the Freedom Hill Vineyard. The opportunity to make a wine from this vineyard began as a favor – a load of Syrah delivered to Oregon, a bit of Pinot Noir as a thank you, one winemaker helping out another. Fruit from Mount Richmond Vineyard is rarely available, and the opportunity to work with it is our good fortune. Planted in marine sediment soils at high-density spacing, this classic Pommard clone is often early to harvest and produces a deep, expressive Pinot Noir filled with complex richness and fine tannins.
Elevation: 800 to 1,100 feet
Soil Type: Volcanic Loam
American Viticultural Area: Columbia Gorge, Washington
Celilo Vineyard is located in Underwood, Washington in the south-eastern foothills of the Cascade Range. We began working with Celilo fruit at Canoe Ridge Vineyard more than 20 years ago and have worked with it each vintage since. It is a site that is nearly as cool as it could be and still ripen its crop, which results in beautiful, natural acidity. We are passionate about Chardonnay for its diverse expression and its ability to be at once complex and finessed, generous and delicate. This dryland-farmed vineyard produces a classic and stylish wine that has grace and impeccable balance.
Elevation: 670 - 750
Soil Type: Ottmar-Schlomer complex and Warden silt loam
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Clones: Cab clone 8; Merlot clone 3
American Viticultural Area: Columbia Valley, Washington
Bacchus Vineyard is located north of Pasco, Washington on the mighty Columbia River. Planted in 1972, it is some the oldest-producing Cabernet in the state of Washington. Merlot was added in 1997. In 2002, when the rare opportunity to work with this fruit became available, we signed the contract without hesitation. Complexity, finesse, balance, and fine-grained tannins are the signature characters of this fruit, and it has provided the foundation for every Cabernet we have bottled. The first Devona Cabernet Sauvignon will be released in the autumn of 2019.
A note about American Viticultural Areas (AVA) and labeling: An AVA is required on a varietal wine, but how specific it is depends on where the fruit is from and where the wine is produced. Because we are working with fruit from two states and producing our wine in the state of Washington, our labels can sometimes be vague in order to satisfy the labeling laws. To have the most precise AVA on the label requires that 85% of the fruit is from that AVA and the wine is finished in the same state as the AVA. You will notice that both of our Pinots and our Chardonnay have the broad state designation, but it is for different reasons. In the case of the Pinot Noirs, it is because we produced the wine in a state different from the one in which the AVA resides. Our Chardonnay is produced in the same state as its AVA, but sometimes more than 15% of the fruit is sourced from Gamache Vineyard, which lies outside of the Gorge AVA.