Oregon's earliest vineyards date back to the mid-1800s when an immigrant brought grapes across the Oregon Trail and planted them in the Willamette Valley. By the 1880s other grape types from California were introduced into Southern Oregon. The Pinot Noir era took blossom in 1965. (Gleaned in part from Lisa Shara Hall's wonderful book, "Wines of the Pacific Northwest.")
Draper Valley Vineyard's Pinot Noir will never experience the fermentation process. For this vineyard has been declared an alcohol-free zone by owners Al and Sandy Curtice. Their successful business model includes Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Riesling varietals bottled as premium juices. Need to or choose to avoid the fermented versions? Their passion will reward your tastebuds and leave your craving more! We call it Oregon Pinot without the vino.
Each year juicemaster Al Curtice of Southern Oregon's Draper Valley Vineyard creates a limited bottling of Early Muscat grape juice that is always sold out before a new crop is harvested. To our knowledge, this vineyard not far from the California redwoods is the only one in North America that grows wine varietal grapes exclusively for non-alcoholic juices. The wine-style bottle and cork stopper make this a truly gourmet product.
An old farmhouse, a vineyard in disrepair, and a transplanted teetotaling family from California's Napa Valley. Yes, those phrases correctly represent Draper Valley Vineyard's heritage. Today the vineyard is healthy, producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and Riesling grapes for gourmet grape juices. There are no fermenting tanks here -- just the goodness of Oregon's renowned grapes bottled wine-style.
Al and Sandy Curtice left California's Napa Valley never intending to become Oregon grape growers. That was before they discovered a run-down vineyard in Southern Oregon. Today the vineyard has been restored and is once again producing Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. But this vineyard is different; no wine is produced here. The Curtices, who don't use alcohol, produce only premium grape juices!
Oregon's Draper Valley Vineyard continues to delight juice connoisseurs with its Northwest grown varietals. Gewurztraminer, one of the most elusive wine grape varietals bottled as non-fermented juice, is one of those products! So if you want a sample of this year's limited production, you will need to move quickly.
Oregon's Umpqua Valley is surrounded by the Klamath Mountains, the Coastal Range, and the Cascades. Because the region's adjacent valleys look nothing alike locals sometimes refer to the region as the Undred Valleys of the Umpqua rather than as a single valley. Abacela lies near the southern end of the valley above Lookingglass Creek. In October 2011 Abacela released its Verjus, a blend of Grenache and Graciano varietals. With only 178 cases produced, the 2011 bottling will likely sell out quickly as did the previous year's juice.
In the rolling farm lands of Oregon's Tualatin Valley, Montinore Estate vineyard is home to 230 acres of grapes being tended using the strict methods of Biodynamic farming. This means that instead of applying chemical pesticides and herbicides, you might find the staff spraying chamomile or diluted milk, vines inter-planted with nitrogen rich cover crops, and grape skins, seeds and clippings returned to the soil as compost. Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris is used to produce Montinore Estate's Verjus.
Oregon Riesling grapes form the basis for Draper Valley Vineyard's first Verjus. The unripe grapes from the harvest were combined with a small amount of carbonation to create a new option for gourmet chefs. Though the taste is crisp, some enjoy the juice as an alternative to lemonade. Due to its limited production, you will want to order Draper's Verjus sooner rather than later!
Draper Valley Vineyard's Pinot Noir jelly begins with fresh grape juice squeezed from their own vineyard. It is then hand crafted into the finest gourmet jelly available.
draperpinotjellyRegular price: $5.99SPECIAL SAVINGS: $5.49