Corollary Unveils Plans to Become Oregon’s First Exclusively Sparkling Wine Estate
The new Eola-Amity site will see the light of day in the spring of 2023, with approximately 8 plantable hectares between 180 and 230 meters above sea level. Adding to the elevation, the property sits just in the way of the Van Duzer Corridor. The gap in Oregon’s Coast Range allows for a cool flow of Pacific air, which tempers the hot summer heat each afternoon – making the Willamette Valley as hospitable as he is to grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The new vineyards of the Corollary estate will be planted in four Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay. As the property was previously used for timber harvesting, it presents a blank canvas for viticulture. Diephouse and Feldkamp will work with a local vineyard management company to explore rootstocksvariety of clones and row orientation.
They aim to plant and grow the fruits best suited for sparkling wine production and share those lessons with the Willamette Valley wine community. The vineyards of the estate will be conducted in permaculture and regenerator agricultural principles.
The Corollary Wines duo began considering the possibilities of sparkling wine in Oregon after the cooler-than-average 2011 vintage, which saw sparkling wines begin to appear in more tasting rooms or wine club offerings. Willamette Valley wine. “Argyle has been leading the charge when it comes to sparkling wine here in the Willamette for a long time, but the 2011 vintage has seen a resurgence in popularity across the valley,” Diephouse said.
Perhaps most importantly, in 2014 Andrew Davis started Radiant Sparkling Wine Company in the Willamette Valley town of McMinnville, bringing the expensive and specialized equipment needed to make sparkling wines to the many small wineries across the valley.
This industry growth created a larger sample size that convinced Diephouse and Feldkamp, born near Beaverton, Oregon, that the varieties that have been successful in Champagne could perform well in the sites. fresh from the Willamette Valley. The couple moved from the Bay Area of California and started making sparkling wine at Corollary in 2017.
Corollary Wines will relocate production to the new property with plans to develop a tasting room and winery facilities on the estate in 2024.