Plantings so far include Albarino, and Pinot Noir (Dijon clones 777 and 115). Rootstock is low vigor 101-14 and 3309. We are striving for organic certification, and dry farming techniques. Planted with biodynamic principles as inspiration, we aim for the most sustainable vineyard practices with a light touch letting nature do its thing.
“...the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
Jessica Applegate, owner, is a 6th generation descendant of Applegate pioneers. She created the vineyard with stewardship and longevity for the Applegate House homestead in mind. Her day jobs are managing editor for an environmental magazine and speech pathologist. She is excited about bringing together talented, like-minded spirits to fulfill a dream of local sustainability and environmental responsibility, accompanied by a magical glass of wine.
Isabel Newlin, our new vineyard manager, started out in the business as a sales rep in New York City. After many adventures, she moved to Burgundy, France to work with Domaine Guillot-Broux and completed a degree in viticulture and oenology at the Lycee Viticole in Beaune. She arrived in Oregon in November and is excited to be our vineyard manager and to make her first vintage this fall.
Nathan Wood, of Elkton Vineyard Management, installed and managed the vineyard until 2019. He continues as a consultant, friend, and good vibe giver. He introduced us to Luke, our winemaker, and to Isabel, the new vineyard manager. The Applegate family is forever grateful to this fine young man and his family.