Corollary Wines Purchases 57 Acres in Eola-Amity Hills to Develop Oregon’s First Property Dedicated Exclusively to Sparkling Wines

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Plans include planting a 15-20 acre estate vineyard, conducting research focused on sparkling wines, and building a purpose-built sparkling wine tasting room and cellar.

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 27, 2022) – Corollary wines, known for producing distinctive Traditional Method sparkling wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, has purchased 57 acres in Eola-Amity Hills where they will develop Oregon’s first property dedicated exclusively to sparkling wines. Plans for the land, which will be managed and developed using the principles of permaculture and regenerative agriculture, include an estate vineyard as well as a tasting room and winery, with the tasting room expected to open by spring 2024.

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The land, formerly used for wood, has never been planted with vines. Corollary founders Dan Diephouse and Jeanne Feldkamp will prepare the land and plant the inaugural vines specifically for sparkling wine on 15-20 acres beginning in the spring of 2023. They will also focus on traditional Champagne varietals including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and pinot meunier. as less commonly used sparkling varieties Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. As one of the few vineyards to be planted for sparkling and the only vineyard in the state to be planted exclusively for sparkling, Dan and Jeanne will use the extensive knowledge they have acquired over the past five years to experiment with rootstocks, clones and rows. guidance as they work to find the best ways to farm to sparkle in the valley.

Dan and Jeanne’s path to winemaking began over a decade ago when they immersed themselves in their love of sparkling wine through tastings, visits to their favorite champagne growers-producers, and extensive reading. By spending time in Oregon’s Willamette Valley near Jeanne’s hometown of Beaverton, they realized the potential of Oregon’s geography and climate and saw an opportunity to continue the conversation around bubbles through the exploration of different sites and styles. They currently produce about 1100 cases per year.

“We believe the Willamette Valley is one of the best places on the planet to produce world-class sparkling wine,” says Jeanne Feldkamp of Corollary Wines. “The early years of Corollary were spent exploring, understanding, in broad strokes, the relationships between site selection, agricultural choices, winemaking practices and finished wines. Now, with our very own vineyard, we’re excited to take the next step in our journey: creating an integrated, regenerative farming system that’s all about bubble farming. »

Jessica Cortell, owner of a vineyard management company Vitis Terra wine services, helped them find the site and will guide the management of the vineyard. Since 2017, she has helped Corollary source grapes from many talented growers and farmers who are committed to growing sustainably, whether organic, biodynamic or LIVE certified.

“There’s so much we don’t yet know about farming specifically for sparkling wine,” says Jessica Cortell. “Through thoughtful design, choice of plant material and methodical experimentation, Corollary’s new vineyard will help the entire industry better understand the connections between how we grow and what we produce.”

Follow the evolution of the property on corollarywines.comand @corollarywines on instagram and Facebook. Join them for a private wine tastings from April to October at 6451 NE Hilltop Ln, Dayton, OR 97114. Tastings take place by appointment only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A fee of $35/person will be waived for each purchase of three 750ml bottles.

ABOUT COROLLAR WINES

Corollary winesfounded by Dan Diephouse and Jeanne Feldkamp, ​​has been creating distinctive traditional method sparkling wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley since 2017. Dan and Jeanne began their journey into winemaking by learning as much as possible about sparkling wine through tastings, visiting their favorite winemaker-producers, reading books and possibly experimenting with traditional sparkling cider in their garage.

Spending time over the years in Oregon’s Willamette Valley near Jeanne’s hometown of Beaverton, they realized that Oregon had the perfect geography and climate to produce amazing sparkling wines. They are dedicated to exploring the terroir of the region and its expression in each bottle. Intention, care and precision are paramount in every detail of their process, from viticulture to winemaking to customer experience.

Corollary currently produces approximately 1100 cases per year. They are committed to working with growers who follow sustainable farming practices. Building on that commitment, they recently purchased a sprawling 57-acre property in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA where they will plant estate grapes and conduct sparkling-focused research. The management of the property will be guided by the principles of regenerative agriculture. Additionally, the company plans to build a purpose-built tasting room and cellar for sparkling wines, with the tasting room expected to open by spring 2024.

The corollary will provide private wine tastings until October 6451 NE Hilltop Ln, Dayton, OR 97114. Tastings take place by appointment only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They also offer a bottle of 3, 6 or 12 wine club where members get first access to new and limited-release wines, including magnums and extended-run bottlings.

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Shirley M. Pinder