The Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Gris
Wine Maker: Jason Lett
Country: USA, Oregon
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Grape: Pinot Gris
Farming: Organic (Virgin)
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."
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.