Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.
— KHALIL GIBRAN
 
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commitment to farming

Author Wendell Berry wrote, “eating is an agricultural act.”  We believe the same is true of drinking wine.  Amid pages of glossy magazines, white tablecloths and beautiful wineries it is easy to forget that the magic in the glass wasn’t conjured up from thin air.  It was grown.  Meticulously. By the hands of honest, hard-working people. Drinking wine is perhaps the most refined of agricultural acts.

PROJECT M believes in the power of farming so thoroughly that we value the quality of the farmer over the potential of the vineyard.  A great farmer can squeeze every drop of potential from every opportunity by making the right decisions at the right time.

Perhaps our greatest fortune is that we don’t have to choose between quality farmers and vineyards.  Our access to great sites, nurtured by expert farmers provides us with the opportunity to do meaningful work.

That work begins with each vine. The vine is comprised of two halves; that which lives above the ground and that which lies beneath.  The meticulous grooming of the canopy, leaves and shoots, keep the vine free of disease. The details and timing of grooming are used to modulate grape chemistry, giving us more of what we want and less of what we don’t, according to our desired stylistic outcomes.  This is the art of winegrowing.

Caring for the environment around the roots, nurturing both the vine and the community of life it depends upon, contributes to a wine's sense of self and by extension, place. 

Our farmers care for both halves of the vine as we believe this is the only way the wines we make can be whole.  All of our fruit is sustainably grown, some go a step further and are grown organically or biodynamically.  All of it is grown with respect for the land. It is with that respect and reverence that we can translate an agricultural act into something of beauty.


  • BEDNARIK VINEYARD

    PINOT NOIR

    Located west of Gaston, Bednarik Vineyard is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Coast Range. The vineyard’s soils are largely marine sediments, intermingling with fresh water sediments on its lower portions. The cool winds from the Coast Range moderate the warm daytime temperatures and south-southwest facing slope. Planted in the early 1990’s the vineyard’s Pommard and Wadenswil clone Pinot Noir provide an increasingly rare opportunity to work with “own” rooted vines.

    Managed by: Vineyard Brothers
    GPS: 45.451676-123.230009

  • CHEHALEM MOUNTAIN VINEYARD

    PINOT NOIR

    Originally planted in 1968 by Dick Erath, one of Jerry’s mentors, it is now owned by Judy Jordan and the Capra Company. Located in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, the soils originate from ancient sea beds and belong to the famed “Willakenzie” series. PROJECT M’s block sits on a gently west-facing slope with Pommard clone Pinot Noir grafted onto 3309 rootstock.

    Managed by: Alex Moeller and Scott Zapatocky for The Capra Company
    GPS:45.362082-123.059766

  • CORRAL CREEK VINEYARD

    RIESLING

    Corral Creek Vineyard, long associated with great Riesling, was the sole source for our 2016 Schlüssel Riesling. Located in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, the vineyard sits on Rex Hill’s western flank. Its 32 acres of vines, 3.4 of which are Riesling, were planted in 1983. The soils are composed of the wind-blown loams of the Laurelwood series. The PROJECT M fruit was sourced from a block near the top of the vineyard at nearly 450 feet.

    Farmed by: Chehalem Winery
    GPS: 45.312438-122.913155

  • EOLA SPRINGS VINEYARD

    CHARDONNAY

    Also owned by Judy Jordan and the Capra Company, the historic Eola Springs Vineyard is located at the southern end of the Eola-Amity Hills. Being on the hills’ west slope, it meets head-on with the cooling winds of the Van Duzer Corridor. PROJECT M sources clone 76 Chardonnay from a higher section of the vineyard with a slightly north-facing orientation. The volcanic, Jory-like, red clay soils remain cool in the early season. Jerry sought out this combination of geology and geography as he believes the resulting ripening dynamics are ideal for the Anicca Chardonnay.

    Managed by: Alex Moeller and Scott Zapatocky for The Capra Company
    GPS: 44.978034-123.160137

  • FILAMENT VINEYARD

    PINOT NOIR

    The Eola-Amity Hills have long been the source of some of Oregon’s finest Pinot Noirs. Filament Vineyard is located on the east side of Walnut Hill section of the AVA. Its high elevation and exposure, though indirect, to the Van Duzer winds slow ripening and maintain acidity.

    The Gelderman soils are volcanic in origin arising from weathered basalt from the ancient Columbia River basalt flows. Though deep, vine vigor is kept in check by the shallow rooting habit of the Riparia Galore rootstock. Planted in 2001, Filament’s 2.4 acres are a collection of Dijon and Pommard clones that are harvested in a single pass as a field blend.

    Managed by: Stirling Wine Grapes (aka SWIG).
    GPS: 45.126849-123.149067

  • MEYER VINEYARD

    RIESLING

    Also owned by Lemelson Vineyards, Meyer is a stark contrast to the Wascher Vineyard. Located high in the Worden Hill Road section of the Dundee Hills, the Riesling resides on a steep west-facing slope that tops out at 800 feet. The red clay volcanic soils are textbook examples of the Jory series. Its high elevation and cool clay soils delay bloom up to 10 days later than the Wascher Vineyard, with which it is picked and co-fermented. Though young, planted in 2007, it’s laser-like citrus qualities show great promise. Like Wascher, it is also certified organic.

    Farmed by: Lemelson Vineyards
    GPS Wascher: 45.263370-123.097383

  • MOMTAZI VINEYARD

    PINOT NOIR

    Located in the McMinnville AVA, the Momtazi Vineyard is just one chapter in the incredible life story of its founder Moe Momtazi. It is faithfully farmed biodynamically and Demeter certified. A large and diverse vineyard, PROJECT M sources from Block C, a large south-facing promontory with thin volcanic soils planted to Dijon Clone 115 Pinot Noir grafted onto Rootstock 3309. Though hot and dry by day, the vineyard is cooled by the evening winds coming from the Van Duzer Corridor.

    Farmed by: Moe Momtazi
    GPS: 45.156750-123.306585

  • WASCHER VINEYARD

    RIESLING

    Owned by Lemelson Vineyards and named for the family that homesteaded the property in 1906, the Wascher Vineyard was planted in the early 1990’s. Occupying a gentle south-facing knoll with thin soils, the Riesling here blooms up to 10 days earlier than the Meyer Vineyard, yet both are picked on the same day and co-fermented. It is, like all the Lemelson properties, farmed organically. Technically within the Dundee Hills AVA, its geology is more consistent with the neighboring Yamhill-Carlton AVA and contributes ripe stone fruit flavors and aromas.

    Farmed by: Lemelson Vineyards
    GPS Wascher: 45.263370-123.097383

 
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momtazi vineyard
McMinnville, Oregon

PHOTO:  MICHAEL CHAN