An Oregon Company Will Take You on a Tour of Wine Country by Horseback

See and taste the Willamette Valley in the most bucolic way possible.

Willamette Week featured a story about our friends at Equestrian Wine Tours. We are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful wine country tour experience with our friends and neighbors Vista Hills & White Rose Estate.

“There are plenty of flashy ways to travel from winery to winery in the Willamette Valley. Stretch limos can help you revisit the glam of high school prom. A party bus screams, “I don’t care about vintage years and lot numbers, just get me drunk!” You can even rent a helicopter that uses the countryside as its landing pad. Equestrian Wine Tours offers a humbler option.” Read the full article here.

 

Racking 2017 Pinot noir

 

 

We are busy in the winery this week as we prepare our 2017 wines for bottling at the end of August.

 

Today Jason is racking barrels of 2017 Pinot noir.  Racking is the process of gently removing the wine from the barrel while leaving the sediment behind.

 

 

We use a special tool called a “Bulldog Pup”  (don’t ask me where the name comes from) to pressurize the barrel with Nitrogen gas and push the wine out and into a tank.  The wine has been resting in these barrels for the last 10 months, so there is an accumulation of sediment at the bottom of the barrel.  After the wine is transferred, we’ll wash the barrels with hot water, and store them until this fall, when they will be filled again.

 

 

 

 

 

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