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Deep Roots Coalition

Deep Roots Coalition

The Deep Roots Coalition is a group of like-minded Oregon winery and vineyard owners located in the Willamette Valley. You'll recognize many of your favorite wineries on this page. All are dedicated to growing their vineyards without the use of irrigation and according to organic and biodynamic principles. We think you'll agree with us that the wines show extraordinary and expressive complexity and nuanced flavors.

These winemakers have taken the slow, patient (and expensive) route of waiting many more years to harvest grapes than if they had irrigated. They forced the vines to push deep into the soil and the rock under it to find water. Water loaded with the minerals that add the special qualities we love.

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Deep Roots Coalition's Mission

The education of the wine consuming public as to the benefits of drinking "dry-farmed wine", both in terms of the conservation of agricultural water supplies as well as the authenticity of the resulting wine.

Producer-Members have demonstrated a commitment to dry agriculture and responsible water management practices. To this end they do not grow or purchase grapes from irrigated vineyards in the Willamette Valley.

Producer-Members who purchase fruit outside the Willamette Valley strive to obtain fruit from non-irrigated vineyards and, where not possible, seek to obtain fruit from vineyard owners who practice responsible water management with the ultimate model being non-irrigation of vines.

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Cameron Saignee of Pinot noir 2011

Rose petals, violets and strawberries perfume this enticing pink wine. Flavors of Oregon strawberry, raspberry and tart p...


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$21.55

$23.95 Regular

Walter Scott Wines Pinot Blanc 2012

Floral notes of apple blossoms and orange blossoms. Ripe fruit flavors of peach, Meyer lemon and a hint of apple with a w...


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$16.16

$17.95 Regular

Eyrie Vineyards Original Vines Pinot Gris 2012

David Lett planted the first Pinot gris vines in the United States. David's son, Jason, now makes a tiny amount of of Pin...


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$32.36

$35.95 Regular

Crowley Four Winds Chardonnay 2012

Four Winds Chardonnay is crystalline and pure, showing soft herb and anise notes alongside gorgeous lime cream and mineral...


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$37.76

$41.95 Regular

Beaux Freres Pinot noir Beaux Freres Vineyard 2012

A powerhouse of Pinot noir, layered, broad and deep, filled with spice-accented ripe dark berries on a richly textured bod...


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$80.99

$89.99 Regular

Ayres Vineyard Lewis Rogers Lane Pinot noir 2012

One of Ayres Estate Pinots is expressive, loaded with mixed black and purple berry aromas and flavors highlighted by bakin...


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$30.56

$33.95 Regular

Ayres Vineyard Pinot noir Perspective 2012

Silky smooth and ultra showy. Dark berries, violets, Provencal herbs, flecks of cinnamon. Approachable now - in fact you'...


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$26.95

$29.95 Regular

Ayres Vineyard Pinot noir Willamette Valley 2013

Brand new release October 2014.

Previous vintage notes: Another stunner from Ayres, this 2012 is the darkest of the gr...


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$20.66

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Ayres Vineyard Pioneer Pinot noir 2012

Tasting through the 2012 Ayres line-up, Pioneer was our clear favorite. A serious Pinot but not lacking in joyful exuberan...


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$34.88

$38.75 Regular

Beaux Freres Pinot noir Willamette Valley 2012

Whoa nelly. THE most attractive Beaux Freres Willamette Valley I've tasted. Pure silkiness and layers of ripe fruit are s...


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$53.99

$59.99 Regular

Belle Pente Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot noir 09

This is the eighth vintage of Belle Pente's flagship wine. It is intensely aromatic, a virtual herb garden of lavender, r...


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$31.46

$34.95 Regular

Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot noir 2010

2010 vintage new for September 2013.

2009 Vintage

Boy do I spend a lot of time writing about wine...


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$39.55

$43.95 Regular

Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot noir 2010

Tanzer 93 Points Bright ruby-red. Heady, exotically perfumed aromas of cherry-cola, raspberry liqueur, s...


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$34.16

$37.95 Regular

Brick House Cascadia Chardonnay 2011

I poured this wine for over a dozen experienced wine tasters, all with the same reaction: wow. The aromas are both capti...


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$34.16

$37.95 Regular

Brick House Evelyn's Pinot noir 2012

You have to be in the right place at the right time to nab Evelyn's - it has become one of Oregon's most allocated Pinot...


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$62.95

$69.95 Regular

Brick House Pinot noir Moe's 2011

Moe's is made from Momtazi Vineyard fruit....


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$37.76

$41.95 Regular

Brick House Gamay 2012 "The Year of the Dragon"

Brick House 2012 Gamay is obscenely good, adding a forward character to the typical crushed berry core. Hints of incense a...


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$26.95

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Brick House Les Dijonnais Pinot noir 2011

Doug's flagship Pinot noir, named for his beloved Dijon Clone vines from which the wine is made. Our favorite of Doug's ...


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$49.45

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Brick House Pinot noir Cuvee du Tonnelier 2012

Youthfully vibrant and inviting red fruit, cinnamon, and herbs prevail on the nose followed by rich dark raspberry and a b...


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$43.16

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Crowley Chardonnay Maresh Vineyard 2010

This is the final vintage of Maresh Vineyard Chardonnay from Tyson Crowley - Jim Maresh will have sole control over his fa...


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$37.76

$41.95 Regular

Crowley Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2012

The best and most perfect Crowley WV Chardonnay yet. It's like biting into a Key lime pie, then grabbing a piece of white...


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$22.45

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Crowley La Colina Vineyard Pinot noir 2012

Released Thanksgiving 2014.

Previous vintage notes: I'd describe this as the more "classic Dundee Hills" of the two C...


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$40.46

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Crowley Dundee Hills Pinot noir 2012

A blend of Gehrts (3 barrels) and La Colina (2 barrels) Vineyards.

Previous notes for Gehrts Vineyard Pinot noir (ther...


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$37.76

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Crowley Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2012

Pure cherry goodness. Once again, Tyson delivers a killer bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot, bursting out of the glass wit...


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$21.55

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Division Winemaking Co. Red Collar Pinot noir 2011

Division Winemaking Company is a relatively new venture in Portland, Oregon. This is what they say about the Red Collar Wi...


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$15.25

$16.95 Regular

Evening Land Blue Label Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012

One of our colleagues described this as a stunning value. He was spot on. Brimming with black cherry and black currant it...


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$19.75

$21.95 Regular

Evesham Wood Pinot noir La Grive Bleue 2012

2012 vintage is already sold out to Evesham Wood devotees - sorry!

Erin says: "As always the La Grive Bleue bottlin...


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$25.16

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Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Pinot noir 2012

I've long used Evesham's estate Le Puits Sec Pinot noir as a benchmark for both quality and price. From vines planted in...


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$35.96

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Eyrie Chardonnay Estate 2012

Delectable aromas of baked lemon pie and subtle fresh pineapple notes lead to superbly bright and, nicely textured Chardon...


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$24.25

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Eyrie Chardonnay Original Vines Reserve 2011

From the internationally famous Eyrie Vineyards, Eyrie's Original Vines Reserve is made from some of the oldest, finest C...


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$40.46

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Eyrie Pinot noir Daphne Reserve 2012

Released in fall of 2014, and HIGHLY recommended based on two barrel tastings I've done at Eyrie.

"Flat...


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$67.45

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Eyrie Pinot noir Marguerite 2000

David Lett made this wine as a gift to his newborn granddaughter Marguerite Estelle Lett (Margo) and with his typical gene...


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$76.45

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Eyrie Pinot noir Reserve 09

2009 Vintage Wine Advocate - 93 points - The 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve is a bit more concentrated and...


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$53.95

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Eyrie Reserve Pinot noir Original Vines 2010

Tanzer 93 Points A complex, highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of candied red fruits, rose, incense ...


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$53.95

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Eyrie Vineyards South Block Reserve Pinot noir 1975

sold out

In a poignant memorial to David, the final wines of the tasting were his first (1975) and last (2007) vintage...


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$540.00

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Eyrie Vineyards South Block Reserve Pinot noir 1992

My favorite of the 1986-1992 Vintages

Garnet colored, creamy toast nose, sweet berry and cherry fruit with soft acidi...


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$261.00

$290.00 Regular

Eyrie Vineyards South Block Reserve Pinot noir 1997

My favorite of all of the vintages, short of the 1975.

Youthful, bright acidity and a light nose of raspberry and st...


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$218.70

$243.00 Regular

Eyrie Vineyards South Block Reserve Pinot noir 1998

My favorite of the 1993-1999 Vintages

A landmark vintage, the weather produced a small crop of very intensely flavore...


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$210.60

$234.00 Regular

Eyrie Vineyards South Block Reserve Pinot noir 2001

My favorite of the 2000-2006 vintages:

Dark garnet color, spicy nose, intense raspberry and fresh strawberry fruit wit...


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$186.30

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Illahe Rose of Tempranillo 2012

Ambrosia on a warm summer day, unusual choice of the Tempranillo grape is wonderful. A delicate rosé with a pale salmon co...


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$14.35

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Illahe Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2012

"GROO-ner FELT-lee-ner" is traditionally made in Austria; Lowell has been growing this obscure white grape for nearly thi...


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$14.35

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J. Christopher Chardonnay "Cuvee Lunatique" 2012

The Cuvee Lunatique is Jay Somers’ nod to the racier, more focused side of Chardonnay; it sees no oak and undergoes no mal...


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$17.95

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J. Christopher Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011

2010 Wine Advocate - J. Christopher’s 2010 Pinot Noir incorporates fruit from nearly all of the sites th...


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$24.25

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J. K. Carriere Anderson Family Pinot noir 2010

Wine Advocate 90 Points: From 20 year old vines of Dijon Clone 115 on a basaltic stone slide at the northeastern edge of t...


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$58.45

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J. K. Carriere Antoinette Pinot noir 2010

This dark garnet wine wafts a nose of cherry resin and a linear minerality of iron. On the palate it’s concentrated cherry...


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$58.45

$64.95 Regular

J. K. Carriere Lucidite Chardonnay 2011

The color of brilliant polished brass, this wine starts on the nose as spiced quince and transitions to caramel apple. Rip...


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$29.70

$33.00 Regular

J. K. Carriere Pinot noir Vespidae 2011

Wine Advocate 90 Points: Featuring dark and bitter-edged berry fruit - cassis, blackberry, and huckleberry - such as prove...


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$37.76

$41.95 Regular

Matello Chardonnay Richard's Cuvee 2012

There are Oregon Chardonnays that are as good as Richard's Cuvée, but there are none that are better. We felt that way wh...


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$37.76

$41.95 Regular

Matello Clover 2011

Ready to have your perceptions of Pinot gris shattered? I was. I've sort of given up on Oregon Pinot gris for home drinki...


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$20.66

$22.95 Regular

Matello Durant Vineyard Pinot noir 2011

The wine is incredibly attractive - it invades your senses with sappy red fruit, powerful and ripe, with stunning, ineffab...


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$35.05

$38.95 Regular

Matello Lazarus Pinot noir 2012

The first three words I wrote were the same: "wow." I can't imagine how you'd fit more into a $20 Pinot. In what I'm re...


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$20.66

$22.95 Regular

Matello Pinot Gris 2013

Matello consistently makes one of Oregon best Pinot gris. Sourced from the Whistling Ridge Vineyard this dry, crisp white ...


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$15.25

$16.95 Regular

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate 2011

Dense, dark purple color and a seductive scent of roses and spice. The darkness continues: intense blackberry, black cherr...


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$26.95

$29.95 Regular

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard Old Vine 2011

This is now our 12th vintage with this vineyard that we purchased in July of 2000. All the vines that go into this bottlin...


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$35.96

$39.95 Regular

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Marine Sedimentary 2011

Ribbon Ridge is a small hillside stretch winding up against a steep, narrow valley that essentially winds its way out to t...


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$53.95

$59.95 Regular

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Volcanic 2011

The Dundee Hills are located in a largely south-facing somewhat circular pattern about 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Pr...


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$53.95

$59.95 Regular

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2011

Balcombe Vineyard is simply one of the best vineyards we work with, and every year it produces wines of terrific quality t...


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$32.36

$35.95 Regular

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Bonshaw Vineyard 2011

Classic bottling of this section of the site. Dark fruits, cocoa, cranberry and a powerful stony character to the finishin...


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$44.95

$49.95 Regular

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Olenik Anklebreaker 2011

Our new Olenik bottling from Pommard in an incredibly rocky section of the site. A stunning first go-round....


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$51.26

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Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Olenik Wadensvil 2011

This is from the same fruit source as the 2009 and 2010 bottlings of Olenik Vineyard. Supple, sexy and vibrant. A beautifu...


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$37.76

$41.95 Regular

Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Reserve 2012

This is seriously good juice for the buck, loaded with fruit and rich in texture. Kudos to Patty and Jim for keeping the p...


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$20.66

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Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge 2010

This is the small, 20-year old vineyard located directly behind both us and Beaux Freres. It is owned by Dick and Patrici...


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$35.96

$39.95 Regular

Thomas Winery Pinot noir 2011

Precious, the Thomas Pinot is the least known and most sought after wine in Oregon. JT makes a scant dozen barrels of his ...


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$49.50

$55.00 Regular

Walter Scott Wines Dumb Ox Pinot noir 2012

After re-tasting the line up Friday, a tie for our favorite Walter Scott Pinot (even with Temperance Hill). Dumb Ox shows ...


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$40.46

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Westrey Justice Vineyard Pinot noir 2012

The darkest of the 2012 Westrey Pinots, with a commanding, saturated aromatic profile of dark berries, incense, dried flow...


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$35.96

$39.95 Regular

Westrey Oracle Vineyard Pinot noir 2011

2010 vintage notes: A new dimension of complexity and awesomeness for Oracle. Surprisingly open and forward, this is pure ...


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$26.95

$29.95 Regular

Westrey Pinot noir Reserve 2010

Aromas of red berries, evergreen with pinches of vanilla bean lead to a plushly textured palate of spicy red and black ber...


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$28.75

$31.95 Regular

Westrey Pinot noir Willamette Valley 2011

The most recent success from Westrey. Red fruit - mostly crushed raspberry and wild mountain strawberry - subtle smoke, an...


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$17.95

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Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot noir 2011

Another exceptional value from Cameron. Dark red fruit and earth scents meld to an elegant and silky mouthful of crushed ...


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$22.45

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More About Deep Roots Coalition

Oregon wine under $30

Producer-Members will strive to produce wines of merit that demonstrate the principles associated with the Deep Roots Coalition. These principles include reduced yields and adherence to one of several low-impact viticultural programs (LIVE, Organic, Bio Dynamic, Salmon-Safe, etc.).

Producer-Members commit to educating the public with regard to responsible water management practices and sustainable farming. To this end, Members are encouraged to collect data and anecdotes on irrigated versus non-irrigated vineyards in order to facilitate a rational discussion on the issue of water use.

Current membership: (April 2013)

Anderson Family Vineyard
Ayres Vineyard
Beaux Frères
Belle Pente Vineyard
Brick House Vineyard
Cameron Winery
Crowley Wines
Division Winemaking Co.
Evening Land Vineyards
Evesham Wood Winery
Eyrie Vineyards
Illahe Vineyards
J. Christopher Wines
J.K. Carriere Wines
Matello Wines
Patricia Green Cellars
John Thomas Winery
Teutonic Wine Co.
Walter Scott Wines
Westrey Winery

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