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Terroir

The term “terroir” is of French origin meaning “soil” as used in the phrase gout de terroir (“taste of the soil”) to refer to the earthy flavor of some wines. However, terroir also has a much deeper, less literal meaning. When French wine producers use the term terroir, it not only includes reference to the type of soil (chalky, claylike, gravelly, sandy), but it also refers to virtually all other geographic factors that might influence the quality of the finished wine such as elevation, position relative to the sun, slope, and water drainage. Put another way, terroir refers to the sum of the influences of the natural environment on the growing of grapes and the production of wine.

Red Lily Estate Vineyards (All of our estate vineyards lie within the Applegate Appellation, which is surround by the larger Rogue Valley Appellation.)

Thompson Creek Vineyard

The vineyard was initially planted with two acres of tempranillo (Clone 1 and Duero) in 2004 and we had our first estate harvest in Fall 2006. The vineyard site has a predominantly western aspect on a 12% average slope that rises to an elevation of 1630 feet. This slope, combined with a predominantly Ruch gravelly silt loam soil composition, affords good drainage and makes for an excellent vineyard site. The vineyard name comes simply from the fact it is located on Thompson Creek and was our very first vineyard.

Bean Patch Vineyard

The vineyard was initially planted with four acres of tempranillo (Clone 1 and Duero) in 2008. We are expecting our first estate harvest in 2012. The vineyard site has a predominantly northern aspect that rises to an elevation of approximately 1600 feet. The site is comprised of primarily manita loam, with some vannoy silt loam. Manita loam is a deep, well-drained soil on alluvial fans that typically contains clay loam along with some gravelly. The name of this vineyard stems from the fact that the initial owners of the property (who homesteaded the property in the late 1800s), used to grow bush beans in this particular area.

Stargazer Vineyard

In 2011, we planted our newest vineyard. Comprising approximately 14 acres, the vineyard was planted with Tempranillo (Clone 1, Clone 5, Clone 11 and Clone 12), Verdejo (Clone 1), Grenache (Clone 1A and Clone 3), and Graciano (Clone 1). We are expecting our first estate harvest in 2013. The vineyard site has a predominantly northern aspect on a varying slope surrounding a knoll, and sits at an average elevation of 1500 feet. The soil is virtually identical to that of the Bean Patch Vineyard. The name of this vineyard stems from the fact that the elevated knoll in the center of the vineyard provides an incredible view of the night sky, thus a perfect place for stargazing!