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.”
More About Territorial Vineyards and Winery
Read Feature Story on 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.