In this episode, we hear a tale of a new vision for a previous estate that involves enriching the local community. Then we touch on a story from a small-production winery that strives to make the finest German and Alsatian-style wines in Oregon.
In 1989, Don and Grace Archer planted a vineyard on the southern slope of Parrett Mountain. At that time, the Oregon wine industry was still young, a little-known collection of wine enthusiasts making a go of it in the Willamette Valley. Grace had grown up on a vineyard in California and saw the potential for producing wine in Yamhill County. Don Archer, the namesake of Archer Vineyard, lived with his wife on the property he planted for many years.
In 2005, Saj and Pauline Jivanjee purchased the 8-acre property and brought with them a new vision. With the help of family and close friends, they converted the old Archer barn into a cutting-edge winery and tasting room, and set up a business committed to enriching the local community. Today, Archer Vineyard handcrafts a small production of estate-grown Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and gathers people around creative events that unlock the pleasures of wine—including music, art, and enjoyment of the natural environment.
Teutonic Wine Company
It all started in 2002 when Barnaby was the wine buyer at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Portland’s southeast location. German wine importer Ewald Moseler, showed him 14 different Rieslings from Germany’s famed Mosel wine region. Barnaby bought all 14 and started one of the largest German wine lists in Portland. That same night he told his wife, Olga that he needed to learn how to make wines that are as expressive to terroir (expression of the place the grapes are grown) as these Rieslings. Out of this came Teutonic Wine Co., now a small production winery in Oregon. Their wines are German and Alsatian in style, made with grapes from cool-climate sites.
Heidi Moore, Wine Enthusiast
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