Collaboration over competition
During a recent tour of Durant Vineyards, I met with owner Paul Durant, as well as two winemakers who work with Durant Vineyards: Joe Dobbes of Dobbes Family Estate, and Chad Stock of Omero Cellars.
Together, the three represent the combination of long standing tradition as well as creative risk-taking that make Oregon wine growing and winemaking so interesting and diverse.
Durant Vineyards currently works with a total of 14 vineyard clients and winemakers in the region. For owner Paul Durant, these collaborations are important to his parents’ vision and are also a key element in informing the family’s wine growing practice.
Chad Stock (Omero Cellars) is the winemaker behind the 2012 Durant Vineyards La Casita Pinot Noir ($50 retail). The La Cosita block is situated at a higher elevation, and I found this to be a richer red with dark plums and currant, and soft tannins. This is a nice refined wine that is only available to club members.
Vineyard Walking Tour & Alfresco Lunch: September 13
Red Ridge Farms
$65 per ticket
Your tour will conclude with an al fresco gourmet catered lunch that showcases the distinctive Oregon Olive Mill extra virgin olive oils and Durant Vineyards estate wines in a private and secluded area of the vineyard. Because this is a tour through the vineyards, remember to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for outdoor hiking. In the case of rain, the tours will not be cancelled; but the lunch will be held in a covered area, outdoors.
5510 NE Breyman Orchards Rd.
Dayton, OR 97114