Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Grand Opening of New Winery

One of my favorite winemakers, Drew Voit, has opened his own winery! For years he has worked for others creating great wines. He worked at King Estate when I met him, then for Dick Shea where he used some of the best fruit in Oregon to produce amazing Pinot Noir. Now he is, as you will read below, on his own, but still reaching out to help his friends and fellow wine makers. His wine was featured in Rex Picket's book, "Vertical".
This has been a season of change for our family at Harper Voit Wines. Going into the fourth vintage of our family business, Drew has left his full-time role as Winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars, to focus on the Harper Voit label, act as consulting winemaker for a group of select clients(including Shea), and begin a new project as Winemaker for a small group of elite, small-production wine brands in our new winery.
The New Winery
We've just concluded a busy Harvest 2012 in our new facility located on the historic Beacon Hill Vineyard in the Yamhill Carlton District AVA. Drew will be producing the wines from a few brands whose names you will soon know and covet: Eminent Domaine, Old School Vineyard, Toluca Lane Wines, Rocky Point Cellars, plus a few top-secret new projects TBA.
The New Releases
This month we are releasing our 2010 Pinot Noirs and 2011 Pinot Blanc. The 2010 Pinot Noirs were made in very limited quantities. The near perfect end to the growing season was punctuated by an onslaught of birds which decimated the meager crop and left us with half the production of some of the most beautiful wines Drew has made over the years. Our production, cut in half by the loss, consists of 5 barrels of our flagship Strandline Pinot Noir, representing 125 cases, and a meager 23 cases of our finest effort to date, the 2010 Harper Voit Old School Vineyard Pinot Noir.
In addition, our new release 2011 Harper Voit Surlie Pinot Blanc is already nearly 1/3 sold out. Mineral driven and focused, this singular expression of a Old World classic variety won't last long
The Inaugural "True" Open House
Some of you have visited us in our earlier open house events in the past few years, huddled in the back of our favorite wine shops and wine country restaurants and wine bars. No longer...
Thanksgiving 2012 is our first open house event in our new facility, located just off Laughlin Road between Willakenzie and Colene Clemens, and just across the narrow valley from Beaux Freres and Patricia Green.
We will be open from 10-4 on November 17th and again on Friday-Saturday the 23rd and 24th. Pouring with us will be our good friends and winery-mates Wildaire Cellars and Eisold Smith Wines, as well as Drew's new winemaking clients, Toluca Lane, Eminent Domaine, and Rocky Point Cellars. Tasting fee $20 to taste all of these small production wines.

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