First and foremost the Durants are viticulturists who remain pure to the block. Wines made from Durant vineyard are almost always vineyard designate—never blended, a testament to the meticulous and careful farming practices in the vineyard.
As founders in the Oregon wine industry, The Durant family is most proud of the forty years they’ve spent growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris fruit for some of the best wineries in Oregon. Durant vineyard sits on a gentle east facing slope rising from 200-700ft in the heart of the Dundee Hills.
The Pinot Noir sits at the mid-point of the hill rising up to about two-thirds of the way up. The site is optimally situated for collecting gentle morning sunshine, cooling the plants in the afternoon, and draining cold air down the hill. The iron-infused clay soils give wines from the Durant vineyard a silken texture, classic Dundee Hills aromatics, and weightless power.
Paul Durant is the second generation of Durants to farm this 60-acre vineyard, first planted in 1973. The Durant family also owns Red Ridge farms which is a plant nursery, and gift and culinary shop, which sells Oregon Olive Oil pressed from their own mill, as well as culinary specialties from around the world, including spices, salts, and cookbooks.
Elizabeth Chambers Cellar purchases Pinot Noir from the Stoneybrook Block above the olive mill that was planted in 2007. Our first Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir will be the 2017 vintage, scheduled for release in 2019. The Chardonnay we purchase comes from the Southside block below the Owner/Founder’s home and was planted in 2000. Our first Durant Vineyard Chardonnay will be the 2018 vintage, scheduled for release in fall 2019 or spring 2020.
Pinot Noir Clone:
Vineyard Acres planted:
60 – Entire property is 120 acres including 17 acres of Olive trees