Willamette Valley Vineyards – Sustainably Farmed


Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon is certified sustainable and supporter of LIVE: Low Input Viticuture and Enology, Inc. To be certified sustainable, a farm is scored on these objectives:

  • To see the vineyard as a whole system
  • To create and maintain a high level quality fruit production
  • To implement practices that reduce reliance on synthetic chemicals and fertilizers with the goal of protecting the farmer, the environment, and communities at large
  • To encourage responsible stewardship of the land, maintain natural fertility and ecosystem stability
  • To promote sustainable farming practices that maintain biological diversity in the whole farm

WVV also lauds itself as being the first to use cork that meets the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards for responsibly managed forestlands.

I’ve been watching Willamette Valley Vineyards since its founding in 1983. It had the model, unique for that time, of selling shares to the public. Several friends bought in. It gave a sense of ownership. The vineyard has also been a friend to walkers, hosting many a volksmarch event over the past 25 years. But the hill it is on is a killer one for climbing back up to the finish!

While WVV has some more expensive wines, we enjoy their basics for a nice quaff at a great price. The Tualatin Estate Semi-Sparkling Muscat “Frizzante” is always a crowd-pleaser. It is low alcohol and nice and sweet and fruity. We bought our first case when we went to a Thanksgiving weekend open house and were given a sample right from the vat. It was so good we wanted to drink the whole vat. We had a case of 2002 and 2004, so it was time to lay in a case of 2007. This is a wine that doesn’t need to cellar. This is the wine I serve to my walking buddies when we have a movie-watching get-together. Everybody enjoys it.

For another nice wine, we enjoy their Oregon Blossom blush wine. It’s perfect for a wine and cheese hour on the patio, or for serving with fish or pork. It’s fragrant, fruity, and slightly sweet. We bought a case to restock.

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