In the autumn of 2000, Amy and David purchased the property, believing it was unplanted land, albeit a proven plot for excellent grapes, as seven acres had been planted in 1977 by Frank Gorretta. For three years in the ‘90s, Westrey made wine from the grapes from those seven acres with outstanding results. When Frank sold the farm in 1997, the new owner cut the vines down to make room for his horses. In the spring of 2001, as Amy and David prepared the soil for planting, they noticed rows of bushes emerging where the old plantings had been. The root structures of the vines had survived, and after several vintages of careful pruning and training, the original vineyard is back in production. Amy and David have planted an additional 15 acres of Pinot Noir and a bit of Pinot Gris, bringing the total planted acreage to 22. The 50 acre parcel of land is primarily Jory soil, with a narrow strip of Nekia running through the middle. The vineyard faces due south and sits at an average of 650 feet. The new plantings are closely spaced, single-cane pruned vines, and produce wines of intense depth and opulence. The original planting benefits from their massive 40-year-old root structure and yields grapes of truly exceptional balance and length. Partners Christine and David Vernier are helping to plant more acreage at this classic Dundee Hills AVA site.
Abbey Ridge Vineyard
Planted in the Red Hills of Dundee in 1978 by Bill and Julia Wayne, Abbey Ridge is one of Oregon’s oldest producing vineyards and, in our minds, one of the very best. Also our highest elevation vineyard, the fruit has ample time at this cool site to develop true varietal character. Abbey Ridge fruit is consistently elegant and complex, with truly incredible aging potential. We are fortunate enough to source both Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Abbey Ridge. The vines’ 30-year-old roots tap water from deep within the soil making irrigation unnecessary, a big advantage in an area where water is becoming more and more scarce. The vineyard’s natural balance generally yields only 2 – 2.5 tons per acres, contributing to excellent concentration in the finished wine.
Bordering Bethel Heights Vineyard, Justice sits in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. It is co-owned and farmed by Bethel Heights partners Ted Casteel, Pat Dudley, Mimi Casteel and Barbara Dudley. Planted in 1999 to a variety of Dijon clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the vineyard is coming of age, showing mature qualities in the fruit and wines. The quality of the fruit also reflects Ted Casteel’s 30+ years of viticultural experience. The vines are tightly-spaced and carefully pruned for balance and vine health. Shoots are individually positioned to maximize the function of the canopy. Fruit is carefully green-harvested to ensure complex, intensely-flavored wines. Justice Vineyard is LIVE certified (Ted Casteel spearheaded the development of the LIVE program in Oregon). Ted and Pat’s daughter, Mimi Casteel, has in recent years taken on much of the vineyard’s management.