About the Vineyards
Tyson’s 23 years in the Oregon wine industry provides us with a wonderful network of friends and growers. We work exclusively with sustainably and dry- farmed, family owned vineyards and have a close working relationship with all our growers. Together we grow balanced fruit that requires minimal intervention in the winery.
We farm and manage Four Winds Vineyard which is the primary source for our stunning Rosé, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This site sits at 800 ft in the McMinnville Coast range producing lean and striking Chardonnay and intense, focused Pinot Noir. The 30 yr. old dry-farmed vines are own-rooted and planted to Wente and Dijon Chardonnay as well as Oregon’s classic Pommard Pinot Noir. Newer plantings include recently grafted Draper Chardonnay and Wadenswil Pinot Noir clones. We’ve customized this site over the years with the intention of diversifying the material to meet our complexity goals for the wines. Ripening tends to be later which means the fruit retains acidity and develops mature flavor character. We’re always working on digging into the heart of this compelling site and each bottling continues to excite us.
DUNDEE HILLS AVA
La Colina was the very first vineyard we worked with in 2005 and we’ve proudly grown our holdings within this beautiful Dundee Hills site. LaColina was planted in 1999, is dry-farmed and is planted to our favorites Pommard and Wadenswil Pinot Noir. Over time we have witnessed this vineyard mature aromatically and in stature as it has quietly become 21…old enough to drink! A cornerstone vineyard for the winery it continues to deliver exceptional fruit for both our blended bottlings and a single vineyard bottling. The vineyard is farmed and managed by our good friend George Hillberry.
DUNDEE HILLS AVA
Tukwilla and Geary Claim
Tukwilla and Geary Claim of the Dundee Hills are both farmed and managed by Kathy and Lee Miller. Tukwilla was planted in 1994 and Geary Claim was planted in 2017. The sites are next to each other nestled below the Eyrie Vineyards oldest plantings and are both dry-farmed and organically farmed. Tyson and the Millers met in 1997 and developed a friendship first and then 10 years later a working relationship that has been special and rewarding as they provide excellent fruit for Crowley year after year. It’s always elegant and expressive and light bodied, epitomizing the feminine nature of Pinot Noir.
EOLA-AMITY HILLS AVA
Sojeau vineyard sits at 650 feet elevation at the southwest end of the Eola-Amity AVA. The site, previously a cherry orchard, was purchased by Denny and T Peseau in 2007. They planted 15 Acres of Pinot Noir vines – Pommard, Dijon and Wadenswil. The extremely rocky soils slope steeply to the southwest, and are a combination of Nekia, Ritner and Witzel.
Each afternoon the Van Duzer corridor winds sweep through Sojeau, creating a cooling effect through the various micro-climates across the site. The vineyard planted here cannot be classified simply as a “cool” or “warm” site, as Sojeau’s climate is incredibly dynamic. We purchased our first fruit from Denny in the 2021 vintage, and the wine (currently in barrel) is already expressing this unique vineyard beautifully.