Style & Quality from the famous Columbia Gorge.
“Live the Good Life” Martin Ray would say. As he and Paul Masson before him.….I am inspired by the solitude and beauty of a mountain vineyard and winery.
Evans Vineyard specializes in Cool Climate Wines.
Evans Vineyard was founded in 2006 when we were looking to make wines in the Northern Hemisphere. We were motivated to find a place where we could grow Grapes such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in a cool climate similar to New Zealand. We also wanted to be close to vineyards that grew Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc….varieties that are not well suited to New Zealand. The Columbia Gorge viticultural area provided that opportunity.
Underwood Mountain, located at 1850 altitude and above the Columbia River is definitely cool climate…perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Access to the stunning vineyard sites in eastern Washington allows us to purchase Bordeaux varieties and make those wines. Perfect….cool climate and access to warm climate reds.
So here we started again, growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, just as we do in New Zealand but 8000 miles away. Phil and Sheryl are based here from April through October with our New Zealand crew making a few trips a year to assist in the wine making. As we are all trained winemakers.…the experience is humbling. Making the best wines we can is the ultimate goal and already starting to show itself in the reviews and awards we are seeing from our Pacifica wines. We are also developing a reputation for the grapes we sell to other wineries.
Making Pacifica wines has been exciting. We are also the Northwest’s only winery making Kosher Wines. It has opened up the wonderful world of Oregon and Washington wines to the kosher world. As time passes we are introducing new wines such as our wonderful Rose and Riesling… already winning gold medals. The Columbia Gorge is a wonderful place to work and play and we look forward to many more years ahead.
Philip and Sheryl Jones