By guest bloggers, Cydni C Anderson and Marina N Baldry, University of Oregon Seniors.
The 10th annual Barrel tour kicks off June 2 with four wonderful wineries: King Estate, Chateau Lorane Winery, Iris Vineyard and Saginaw Vineyard. To get a more personal touch about each of the four, we went out to interview someone from each winery to find out first hand, what makes their winery so special. Here is what we found:
King Estate first started up in 1992, by the Ed King Family. Through his work as a pilot Ed had traveled through Burgundy and fell in love with the wine business. His son attended the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business and used his knowledge to help get the winery started. In a short while, the business grew. What started out as a small winery without a tasting room (they sold wine out of their front desk) soon transformed into the King Estate we know today, complete with a visitors center and recently deemed Oregon’s best wedding venue by the Register Guard . As Tower Club and Direct Sales Manager for King Estate, Elizabeth Allcott states, “People have really indicated that this is a place they want to come. We are here because people have expressed passion for our wine and experience.”
Chateau Lorane’s use of unique grapes sets this winery apart from the rest. Owner, Linde oestor creates his wine to give people a variety of flavors. In some cases, he may only make one barrel of a specific blend. While he does create Pinot Noir and Rieslings, this year’s Petite Vertigo and Boudreaux blend, Entourage are come highly recommended. As Linde’s wife, Sharon Koestor puts it; “People know we make a variety.” These refreshing mixes, along with their beautiful tasting room, complete with lake view, draw people to Chateau Lorane.
This unique locale houses Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines that are done to the finest standards of preparation while incorporating sustainability . The vineyard holds almost all of its careful production process in a somewhat unconventional setting. When asked as to the reason behind the urban layout, Mike Lambert states that it plays a large role in maintaining a low carbon footprint. Iris Vineyards moved production to this location on Palmer Avenue in 2008, rather than building an entirely new large structure. Mike also mentions that the industrial-like building has won awards for its eco-friendliness.
“I know each barrel personally”, says Scott Byler who owns and runs the vineyard with his wife Cheryl. This level of close and careful dedication accompanies the winery’s small and historic charm. Just as charming as Saginaw vineyard are the lambs. At just the right height, the couples’ heard of lambs is able to prune the vines in a very valuable way. “The lambs get fat and happy and the grapes get cared for and fertilized”, notes Scott of their symbiotic relationship. Everything seems to run just right at Saginaw with grace and heart.
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