At Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard we produce handcrafted, small-lot wines using only grapes grown on the Estate.
Whether we grow grapes, hazelnuts or hay we are all farmers. As farmers our energy goes into the land and the plants we cultivate and it is essential that we nurture that relationship. We are not in control; we are at the mercy of the elements – our soil, the weather, pest, diseases and economics. It is challenging and a big responsibility to the land, the environment and our potential customers.
Grape growing, Viticulture, is one of the most analyzed enterprises in Agriculture. Although there is no one right way to achieve success there is definitely a wrong way. Every decision made in the vineyard affects the plants and the grapes this year and into the next. The attentive farmer must check the vineyard every week to look for disease, poor nutrition, and look at the grapes in relationship to the canopy that nourishes and shelters them.
Tending the vines can often be intimidating but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the efforts we make produce succulent clusters of grapes that with the magic of winemaking become the “Nectar of the Gods”.
Three Feathers Estate is a high elevation vineyard at 750 feet in the Chehalem Mountains on Laurelwood soil.
Three Feathers Estate and Vineyard is located in the heart of the Chehalem Mountain AVA at the northern most corner of Yamhill County Oregon. Although the property comprises rolling hills from 700-1000 feet in elevation its hills form a natural heat sink, sheltered from winds and capturing summer warmth in its own natural microclimate.
Good wine starts in the vineyard and one of the essential elements is the vine itself.
We have chosen two Pinot Noir clones and one Pinot Gris for our Vineyard- Pinot Noir 667, Pinot Noir 115 and Pinot Gris 152. Each clone has its own characteristics of flavor, ripening and yield and when blended together give the wine a depth of flavor and complexity that is not found with one clone alone.
Because of the elevation our grapes can be harvested for several different styles of wine- Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Blanc, Rose, or even sparkling wines depending on the ripeness of the fruit. We plan on selling the bulk of the fruit and keeping a small amount to make very exclusive Estate wines for a limited market.
Soils of the Chehalem Mountains
The vineyard may be young but the Terroir was millions of years in the making. Volcanos, floods and primordial winds have formed the Laurelwood soils. Very fine in texture and high in iron that gives the characteristic red color, these soils run deep. Beneath are huge boulders rolled over by the prehistoric Missoula floods.
Three natural springs form a year round aquifer feeding the two acre pond used for irrigation. It is a peaceful spot to enjoy a respite from the daily work.
Three Feathers Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountain AVA
Recent genetic studies of grape varieties has identified Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grapes in the world. A small cluster variety, Pinot Noir has a reputation for being a finicky grape. Culturally, Pinot grapes prefers cool nights and warm days. The Willamette Valley, Oregon has the perfect growing conditions. The wine is light in color, on the dry side with a subtle, not assertive flavor.
In 2016, we experienced a relatively dry and warm spring followed by a dry and warm summer. Perfect for a great harvest. The only “damper” on this was an early start to our rainy season; just as we were starting to harvest mid-September! Everyone in the valley was doing a balancing act between picking with the proper amount of sugars (Brix) and picking before the rains came in earnest. learn more…
Enterprise, Hard Work & The Harvest
Three Feathers Estate and Vineyard is the endeavor of three women, Christine Stimac, and her daughters Elise Stimac and Cynthia Sciarratta. The name not only refers to them but also the three Ostrich Plumes in the Roosevelt Family Crest that is our logo. Christine’s mother, Dorothea Virginia Roosevelt was a cousin to Theodore Roosevelt and grew up in the family enclave on Oyster Bay, Long Island.
Virginia passed away in 2010 leaving a legacy to her daughter and granddaughters. When they purchased 155 acres in the Chehalem Mountains to farm and raise grapes, they adopted the family crest in her honor. The motto Qui Plantavit Curabit is Latin for “He who plants shall gather” or, in the vernacular, “You Reap What You Sow”. The motto reflects the values of Enterprise, Hard Work and the Harvest that goes on every day at Three Feathers.