Dukes Family Vineyard
Transplanting oneself into a historic old barn surrounded by vineyard is one way of getting back to basics with great wine. The Dukes’ low key life on Nipple Hill is a departure from the frenetic city life they once lived in Arizona and that seems to suit them just fine.
Following a passion for food and wine was the impetus for moving to the Pacific Northwest in the first place. After indulging his dream of finishing culinary school, Pat was looking for a place to start a restaurant. A fortuitous friendship arose with an iconic winemaker, Gary Andrus, which helped guide them towards a different path. Spurring a deep seated excitement and clear path towards a bigger picture, Gary mentored and encouraged the Dukes to reach for excellence in their pursuit for the ultimate Pinot noir which has sustained their trajectory long after his death. Finding a second and extremely capable wine consultant in Kelly Kidneigh, has cinched the continuity and longevity of the brand and continued legacy for the Dukes and their wines.
The vineyards are the centerpiece of Dukes Family Vineyard. Highly sought after by winemakers throughout the Wiillamette Valley, the fruit from these vineyards represents attention to detail, courage in style and immaculate execution in vine tending.
In addition to the traditionally spaced vineyards (9 feet by 4 ½ feet) planted on the lower block of the property in 1996 and 2000, the Dukes planted a narrow-spaced, high-density vineyard in the upper block expansion in 2006. These vines are planted 1 foot by 1 ½ feet with up to 3,000 vines per acre. This impeccable vineyard produces intense and complex fruit, making some of the most beautiful and thoughtful wines from the region.
A percentage of fruit is fermented in traditional old-world wooden fermenters imported from France. After fermentation, wines are barrel-aged for up to 18 months in 50% new French Oak barrels. This careful attention to both vineyard and production practices, creates wines worthy of any wine drinker or collector.