Willamette Valley Oregon
Mahonia founder and owner John Miller began planting the 11-acre vineyard in 1985.
Mahonia founder and owner John Miller began planting the 11-acre vineyard in 1985. Working closely with Vineyard and Enology experts, he hand-selected the clonal material that best suits the hearty and volcanic Jory and Nekia soils of the vineyard’s site. The result was an unusually diverse planting ranging from classic Pinot noir selections, such as Pommard, to one of the earliest Oregon plantings of Dijon material, including 113, 114, and 115 for Pinot Noir, and 76 and 96 for Chardonnay.
The vineyard is trellised using a cordon training system that allows for optimum production and fruit quality. We proactively thin the vineyard to balance yields, and aim for crop levels in the 2.0 – 2.5 tons per acre range. This ensures ripening and flavor development that maximizes the quality of each vintage.
We believe that what is good for the earth is good for great wine, and our definition of profit includes actively supporting many community programs, especially those that benefit children and the environment.
Since its inception, the vineyard has been farmed using sustainable methods to control weeds and pests. We are committed investors in renewable technologies, such as solar power and locally produced biodiesel, and were one of the first vineyards in Oregon to become Carbon Neutral. We also participate in several independent, third-party verification and certification programs, such as: LIVE, Salmon-Safe, FoodHub, and the Carbon Reduction Challenge.
LIVE is a nonprofit organization that provides vineyards and wineries with official recognition for sustainable agricultural practices modeled after international standards of Integrated Production. liveinc.org
Salmon-Safe is an independent nonprofit devoted to restoring agricultural and urban watersheds so that salmon can spawn and thrive. salmonsafe.org
Mahonia aquifolium, also called Oregon grape because of its blue berries, was collected by Lewis and Clark on their epic journey to the Pacific. This native plant is the Oregon state flower and our vineyard’s namesake.