Evans Vineyard owns vineyards located in the Columbia Gorge, across from Hood River, Oregon near the top of Underwood Mountain.
The Underwood vineyards consist of 12 acres located on three blocks. They are planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
At 1850 feet only early and mid season varieties will ripen properly. The deep volcanic loam composition of Underwood Mountain soils provides the grapes with depth and concentration of flavours not found on lighter soils. These soils also retain moisture and it allows us to grow the grapes without supplemental irrigation in most years. Although the soils are deep they are not extremely fertile being of volcanic origin. This unique situation of high elevation gives us warm days and cool nights retaining the acids in the grapes.
As in in our New Zealand vineyards hillsides can be difficult to farm but they are unique. One side of a hill may work better for on variety or clone than another. Much of this is due to sunlight, wind and the amount of topsoil. Many of these differences are not the same year to year…which can make it quite interesting.
We purchase all of our Bordeaux varieties from Eastern Washington’s Yakima and Columbia Valley’s.
Vineyards such as Pepperbridge and Seven Hills in Walla Walla provide us wonderful grapes. Claar Vineyards near Pasco also provide us with great Cabernet Sauvignon.
We prefer Merlot from the Yakima Valley and Two Mountain vineyards helps us with Merlot.
If we require Pinot Noir, Phelps Creek in Hood River has some of the best.
Two Mountain Vineyard
Pheps Creek Vineyard