Real Nice Winemakers... wines with purpose, for the challenge, for life

As winemakers we live in relationships. The relationships between the vine and the land, from grapes to wine, and between people and place. Focusing on the relationships we find that point of balance and differentiation. We make wine from fruit sourced from vineyards with a unique vine to land relationship. Soil, elevation, aspect, micro-climate, clones, plant spacing all have a direct impact on fruit development and thus the resulting wine has a point of view and is specific to this place. In our winemaking we want the fruit to do what it wants. Each vintage, each vineyard, and each varietal is different and we thrive on the challenge of drawing out that personality. With each passing vintage we learn a little more about our vineyards, our wines, and ourselves.

The idea for Black Magnolia started with some good friends who are sommeliers at some of the best restaurants around the country asking us to create a Pinot Noir that is representative of the Willamette Valley and over delivers on quality for the price. We spent the last two years working on this and leaned heavily on our experience working in wineries in Burgundy, New Zealand, Australia, and of course Oregon. 

The first job was to secure great fruit. We were able to lock up two amazing blocks from the Hyland Vineyard, one of the oldest and most renowned vineyards in the Valley.  Hyland was first planted in 1972.  This is only 7 years after the first vine was planted in the Willamette Valley so this was very early days for the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry.  It was a back-bone vineyard for early Oregon producers throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Today Hyland is the epitome of old school Oregon wine growing, with its wide rows, non-irrigated vines, and non-grafted vines. Hyland Vineyard changed hands from the original family about 8 years ago and now it is farmed for the highest quality using organic and biodynamic farming practices.  

Pinot noir fruit hanging from the old vines at Hyland Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon

We then created a very lean business model to ensure we can offer the best quality for the price.  We share space in a state of the art winery in Dundee to keep our costs down. We do not have layers of management, expensive overhead, or any spending on advertising. Every dollar was invested into making the best possible wine for the money. We are so appreciative of the amazing response that Black Magnolia wines have produced so far, and continue to work hard to make fabulous Pinot noir at prices that make everyone happy!

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