Although we’ve expanded our plantings over the past two decades to include more than 1,000 acres of Northwest vineyard land, our initial foray into vineyard management was quite modest. Our first vineyard was just 13 acres, planted by the Doug and Jo Ann Fries in a small plot on their Dundee, Oregon, hazelnut farm in the mid-1980s.
A few years later, we began looking north to the warmer Eastern Washington growing region, where we could plant additional varieties of wine grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. Never ones to shy away from projects of massive proportions, we purchased a 540-acre plot of bare ground in the Columbia Valley and began planting the Desert Wind Vineyard. We did all this while simultaneously building and launching the Duck Pond Cellars winery facility and wine brand in Oregon. (Did we mention we don’t shy away from projects of massive proportions?)
Today, our vineyard holdings are greater than 1,000 acres throughout three Northwest AVAs. Our Oregon vineyards include the Duck Pond Estate Vineyard, St. Jory Vineyard, Hylo Vineyard, Delaney Vineyard, and Willow Creek Vineyard (all located in the Willamette Valley AVA), plus our Coles Valley Vineyard, located in the Umpqua Valley AVA. Washington State Vineyard sites include Desert Wind Vineyard, Sacagawea Vineyard, and X acres of experimental varietals surrounding the facility at Desert Wind Winery.
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