The mission of our vineyard is to follow farming practices that protect the land and ensure quality wines that reflect the elegance of Oregon.
The Pace Family Vineyard is a 56-acre property with 13 acres planted in five wine varietals. You will find beautiful sloping terraces of established vines planted in a cool marine influenced climate. The main soil units in the vineyard are Bateman silt loam and Bellpine-Windygap complex. This climate and these soils present the perfect terroir for the varietals we grow: Pinot Noir, Baco Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer.
The annual rainfall upon the vineyard is approximately 60 inches which allows it to be dry farmed. The four seasons in the vineyard are: bud break, flowering, veraison and harvest. Bud break occurs in March or April with flowering in early to mid -June, verasion (color) in August and harvest starting in late September. The first varietal to get to the winery in late September is the Gewürztraminer, with the Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir to follow in early to mid-October, and finishing with the Riesling in late October. This is an exciting and beautiful time in the vineyard; yet it always comes with stress due to weather, birds, vine conditions, labor accessibility and the fact that all of us growers do it at the same time!
We are always learning something new because each year it seems a new challenge presents itself and yet we always say “Harvest is our favorite time of year.”
The Vineyard is divided up into three separate blocks. (The South block, the House block and the North block.) The vineyard blocks are separated by trees and brush to provide habitat for the beneficial insects and predatory birds. The row orientation throughout the vineyard is North/South and the vines are planted on sloping terrain. All of the plants are self-rooted as opposed to using grafted rootstock. We are 35 miles from the coast at 357’ elevation and greatly influenced by the marine climate.
All the vines in the South block and House block were planted in 1983. The row spacing in this block is 12 feet with six foot spacing between plants. Beginning at the bottom of the South Block is an acre of Gewürztraminer. Depending on the year we can harvest as much as three tons/acre and as little as 1.5 tons/acre of Gewürztraminer. Moving up the hill is an acre of #777 clone of Pinot Noir. We decided to graft this onto the matured Gewürztraminer vines in 2007 as we felt this particular clone would add more intense fruit flavors to Anindor Pinot Noirs. Harvest of the #777 clone of Pinot Noir averages two to three tons per acre. On the next bench above the #777 are 1.4 acres of Wadensville and #115 clones of Pinot Noirs averaging close to two tons per acre. At the very top of the slope is just less than an acre of award-winning Riesling. We enjoy the mineral influence from the soil combined with some late season noble rot to produce this Riesling and average yield has been two tons per acre. In 2009 0.7 acre of Baco Noir was planted and will see its first harvest this year in 2013.
In the central part of the vineyard; the one we call the House Block, is an acre of Gewürztraminer. The row spacing on the House Block is 10 feet with six foot spacing between plants. Part of the rows in this block will be removed when the Anindor winery is built. The soil unit is split between the Bellpine-Windygap complex and the Bateman silt loam. Observation shows the Gewürztraminer does better in Bateman silt loam soil – less vigor and better fruit.
The North block consists of seven acres of vines and was planted in 1999. The row spacing on the North Block is 10 feet with six foot spacing between plants. Starting at the bottom of this slope are 12 rows or 1.1 acres of Pommard clone of Pinot Noir, followed by seven rows of Wadensville clone or 0.8 acre. Next, nestled between the Pinot Noir are 15 rows or two acres of Pinot Gris. The vineyard continues up the hill with 35 rows or 3.3 acres of Wadensville clone of Pinot Noir. There is actually a fault line through this block running from top to bottom and on the north half we have more vigor than on the south half. two halves are managed differently in terms of thinning and hedging and lifting wires. The North block has therefore presented challenges. We started with the Scott Henry system with four canes; then went to two canes and are considering using three canes to manage the vigor. Tonnage from the North Block has averaged 3.5 tons per acre.