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Territorial Vineyards and Winery

Territorial Vineyards and Winery

Whether you end up in the Territorial tasting room or you bump into Allan or John on their route to hand deliver wine to Oregon shops and restaurants, you’ll get the sense that the Territorial team is serious about making good wine and serious about encouraging anyone who is interested to give their wines a try. They decided to open an urban winery in order to invite the community—and not just the wine-touring crowd, though you’ll often run into them at Territorial, too—to view wine tasting as interesting and enjoyable, not exclusive or intimidating.

It seems we owe the undeniably good vibe that emanates from the Territorial winery to the fact that the people involved are there because they’re passionate about wine work.

After detailing some of the less romantic aspects of his job—long days of physical labor, machinery gone berserk, phones ringing off the hook, disappointing weather patterns—Allan said, “If this wasn’t what I was doing as a livelihood, this would be my hobby. I’ve always loved it—I still do—, and I can’t imagine not loving it anymore.”

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Territorial Pinot Gris 2012

Seductive aromas of mineral, pear and apple open up to a mouth-filling mid-palate swimming with tropical fruit flavors ...


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$15.25

$16.95 Regular

Territorial Willamette Valley Pinot noir 2012

Territorial is one of those "Insider" wineries that is now beginning to receive regional and even national recognition. T...


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$16.79

$18.65 Regular

Territorial Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2012

Dry. Immediate room-filling aromas of grapefruit, tangerine and rose petal, followed by crisp fruit flavors and a pleas...


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$12.55

$13.95 Regular

Territorial Chardonnay Equinox Vineyard 2011

This Single Vineyard, Dijon clone Chardonnay opens with aromas of butter, vanilla, spice and pineapple. Inside, a cre...


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$21.55

$23.95 Regular

Territorial Vineyards Pinot Noir "Stones Throw" 2011

This luxurious, rich Pinot noir opens with soaring aromas of black cherry spice and toast. A full mid-palate bursting ...


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$34.16

$37.95 Regular

More About Territorial Vineyards and Winery

Read Feature Story on Territorial:

Territorial --
Pairing Urban with Rural

by Alison Ruch

 

at right, Allan Mitchell and Winemaker John Jarboe

Territorial Vineyard and Winery makes Estate Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Riesling, and Rose of Pinot noir in the mid-Willamette Valley. Alan, Jeff and John stand out from the crowd of new, small wineries with their luscious, value priced wines and attention to the vineyard and winemaking.

Founded by two Lane County wine grape-growing families, Territorial Vineyards & Wine Company vinifies what it grows. They say: "dig the elegance and distinction of site-driven wines built with viticultural grooviness and oencological prowess".

Alan and Jeff manage their vineyards for quality alone. Since they wear both hats, grower and producer, they are free of the common dynamic often setting the farmer and winery at odds in terms of production levels, grape contracts and vineyard expenses associated with proactive, labor-intensive approach to viticulture. Since it will show up eventually in the bottle, the owners spare no expense or effort in the vineyards to raise the very best fruit their sites can yield. This means religious adherence to sustainable, low-impact farming methods combined with aggressive crop and canopy management.

Through annual soil sampling and amelioration via organic amendments they feed the soils first, allowing the soils to feed the vines. Allan and Jeff are thus able to ensure long-term vineyard health in addition to superior fruit quality year in and year out.

Equinox Vineyard

Jeff and Victoria's vineyard sits on a hill in the Crow Valley. The site faces the south and west, underlain by deep Bellpine soils. Equinox implies a balance that is strived for in the care of the grapes and in their lives. The vineyard was first planted in 1993, and the owners produce Estate wines from carefully tended grapes, consisting of various Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, eleven acres in all.

Bellpine Vineyard

Alan and April's property west of Junction City is home to Bellpine, first planted in 1999. Bearing the name of the soil type, this vineyard is producing great grapes. Bellpine's gently sloping 15 acres consists of 5 clones of Pinot Noir, along with a small block of Early Muscat.

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