1. Maresh Vineyard
Located in the Dundee Hills A.V.A, planted 1970
2. momtazi Vineyard
Located in the McMinnville Foothills A.V.A.
This stunningly beautiful vineyard in the Dundee Hills A.V.A. (American Viticultural Appellation) was first planted in 1970 by Jim and Loie Maresh on Worden Hill Road above Dundee. Situated on a mostly south-facing slope between 500 and 700 feet above sea level, these old vines planted in Jory soil produce Pinot noir with the most seductive texture.
The Maresh family has been living on the farm since 1959. There is tremendous biodiversity and balance here, because from the beginning, Jim and his late wife, Loie, had the foresight and common sense to avoid vineyard monoculture. There are hazelnuts, hundred-year-old walnuts, hundred-year-old Royal Anne cherry trees, other fruit trees and plenty of acreage of wild areas throughout the farm. Their daughter Martha keeps houses for violet green swallows and bluebirds on the trellis posts, and they are flying all over the place in the spring and summer. She lovingly refers to this land as "the farm" and so do I. It is not just a vineyard at all.
Maresh Vineyard is certainly one of the most sought-after fruit sources in the Willamette Valley, and it has consistently produced wines of clear transmission of site for decades.
Momtazi Vineyard is a Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyard in the McMinnville Foothills A.V. A. (American Viticultural Appellation). Please refer to Moe's description of how he farms biodynamically here.
Moe's wild turkeys are just one example of how very alive and vibrant this vineyard is. Life is everywhere here: wildcats, bats, falcons, herons, egrets, loons, ducks, trout, and much more. Recently, I saw at least fifty goldfinches in a moving burst of yellow. One of my favourites was when a brilliantly-plumed oriole followed me from trellis post to trellis post as I sampled one afternoon. A number of springs surface throughout the vineyard land, one of which is the source of water for their beautiful winery. Exquisite. The fruit has arrived at the winery before with butterflies and bees hovering along with it.
Momtazi Vineyard, for me, has a sure and true minerality and its song is both precise and wild.