AS WE APPROACH FALL AND THE BEGINNING OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON –THANKSGIVING THROUGH NEW YEARS—ARGYLE WINERY WITH ITS HIGHLY PRIZED PINOTS AND SPARKLING WINES IS THE PERFECT SELECTION FOR OUR FEATURED WINERY
In the early 80’s, Rollin Soles and Brian Croser came together on a common vision of prospecting the New World’s coolest latitudes for wine production. In 1987, they staked a claim in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a place ideal for late season ripened Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Argyle Winery is a Grower First, producing world-class Methodé Champenoise Sparkling wine, barrel fermented Chardonnay and silky textured Pinot Noir from low yielding vines on Argyle-farmed hillside slopes.
Argyle farms three vineyards, Knudsen vineyard, Lone Star, and Spirit Hill. All three of these vineyards are represented in pinotsonly offerings. The high elevation blocks of the landmark Dundee Hills site are key components in Argyle’s sparkling wines—many featured in our current offerings. Many of their sparkling wines are pinot based and consistently been among, if not the most revered sparkling wines produced in the United States and world class ranked. The high elevation blocks of this landmark Dundee Hills site are key components in Argyle’s sparkling wines. Knudsen provides Argyle a mix of old vine blocks and new high density blocks planted with “old world” Dijon Clones.
In 1996 Argyle purchased a spectacular 160 acre vineyard site in the east slopes Eola Hills, known as the Lone Star Vineyard. Located fifteen miles south of Argyle’s winery in Dundee, this warm site is planted ;primarily to Dijon clones of Pinot Noir.
Their newest and largest vineyard, Spirit Hill was purchased in 2007 and has 35 acres planted. This high elevation site in the gusty Van Duzier corridor of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA is ideal for the sparkling wine varietals. All Argyle grapes are hand harvested into small baskets and transported to the winery. Grapes are chilled overnight to 35f before crushing the next day. Chilling preserves the ripe fruit characteristic sand naturally limits oxidation.
DUNDEE HILLS AND EOLA-AMITY HILLS ARE DESIGNATED AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREAS OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON.