The Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Gris

The Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Gris


Wine Maker: Jason Lett

Vintage: 2017

Country: USA, Oregon 

Appellation: Willamette Valley

Grape: Pinot Gris 

Soil: Volcanic

Farming: Organic (Virgin)

S02: Minimal

Tasting Notes: From the first vineyards planted with Pinot Gris in America. Aromatic with lime, pea shoots, lychee, all with a dry finish and uplifting acidity.



About the process


"'Sustainability' wasn’t part of the wine industry vernacular back in 1965. Our founders David and Diana just felt it was the right approach to business and farming. Since the planting of the first vine, Eyrie has farmed deep. Our vineyards have never used herbicides, pesticides, tillage or irrigation. We take organic certification as merely the first step, and then we build on it."


...more about winemaking technique here and grape-growing here


About the Winemaker 


“Grapegrowing in western Oregon is an adventure. The climate of western Oregon constitutes the risk, and also the reason, for this adventure.” – David Lett


EYRIE FOUNDER DAVID LETT was convinced that the climate of the Willamette Valley was potentially perfect for growing Pinot noir. But exactly where was the best place to put down roots? The Valley holds a wide range of microclimates and soils, and in 1965, David had the whole valley to choose from.

In February 1965, David rented a temporary nursery plot near Corvallis, and planted the 3000 vinifera grape cuttings he gathered from UC Davis and selected growers and brought with him to Oregon. This was the first planting of Pinot noir and Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, and the first “New World” Pinot gris.