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Carter Vineyard

Carter Vineyard

Carter Vineyard
PMB 270~25 NW 23rd Place, Suite 6
Portland, Oregon
USA 97210
Phone: 503-827-4086

Contact: Jack & Kathleen Carter
Email: info@cartervineyard.com

We purchased the 30 acre cherry orchard that was to become Carter Vineyard in 1979, the same year our second child, Lauren, was born. So it's always been easy to remember how old the vineyard is. In 1980 we planted an experimental acre of everything we could get our hands on, and quickly came to realize that Pinot Noir does well at the site. In 1983 we planted 2.5 acres of the Wadensvil clone and a like amount of the Pommard clone, both on their own roots. The Pommard is planted across the crest of the knoll, and is the section of the Oregon vineyard from which our Hillblock Pommard comes. Subsequent plantings in 1987 and 2000 brought us up to 22 acres of grapes. They are all Pinot Noir, and include, in addition to the Pommard and Wadensvil, clones 115, 667, and 777, and are all planted on rootstock.

In 1990 we began selling grapes to Ken Wright who was making wine for his own Panther Creek Winery and for Domaine Serene Winery. We have had a long and "fruitful" relationship with Ken, and still sell the bulk of our grapes to him at Ken Wright Cellars. Our Hillblock Pommard went to Domaine Serene, and they made lovely wine with it, in their Evenstad Reserve, and from 1999 to 2001, as a separate vineyard designation available only at the winery. With the 2002 vintage we elected to use these grapes for our own wine.

Winemaker: Ken Wright

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