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About Us

Established by Gary Andrus in 1993, a pioneer among winemakers who championed site-specific wines and stressed the importance of clonal selections, Archery Summit has earned an international reputation for producing some of the finest New World Pinot Noir. Our 120 acres of estate vineyards across Willamette Valley consists of six carefully assembled vineyards, including five in Dundee Hills and one in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. We were the first Oregon winery to implement gravity-flow architecture and dig underground caves to age our wines. By combining classic techniques with cutting-edge technology, we’re able to offer connoisseurs some of the world’s most distinctive terroir-centric Pinot Noir.

Winemaking

Inspired by the remarkable growing conditions provided by the Willamette Valley, our team has unmatched expertise and in-depth knowledge of the land, right down to the intricacies of each vineyard block and how it will perform in relation to the season. Alongside Winemaker Chris Mazepink, Assistant Winemaker Eleni Papadakis is another established Dundee Hills Pinot Noir veteran with a reputation for producing award-winning wines at properties such as Domaine Serene. As a team, they approach each step of the winemaking process with thoughtfulness and care. When it comes to Pinot Noir, it’s impossible to separate the process of growing the grapes from that of crafting the wine. Because the team has an intimate understanding of our vineyards, they’re able to adjust their methods to meet the whims of each vintage. Archery Summit pioneered the gravity-flow system of winemaking, eliminating the need for mechanical pumps used to transport must and wine among fermentors, tanks and barrels. Our design utilizes five levels: grapes received at the crush pad on the top level travel downward, one floor at a time, to our fermentation hall, aging caves and bottling area. By using an elevator built into the cellar 60 feet below ground, barrels can be lifted for racking and blending and filled without the use of pumps. This process prevents any stress on the wine that might impair its essence. Likewise, the winemaking team employs special fermentation techniques and varies barrel regimen to precisely match the cooper and toast level with the specific vineyard blocks and vintage conditions. These extra efforts are what allow us to craft wines that vividly express their distinct places of origin.

Vineyard Management

Pinot Noir, a delicate and temperamental grape, requires very specific site attributes. The topography and climate of Willamette Valley offers ideal growing conditions for the varietal, and more specifically, our winery location in Dundee Hills was chosen because we felt it presented the best combination of soil, slope and climate. Archery Summit implements organic farming practices, including a biodynamic approach at the Renegade Ridge Estate vineyard. Vines are densely planted to produce smaller berries and yields are kept extremely low. Because each of our six vineyards is different, we adapt our vineyard practices to suit each individual site. Additionally, our vineyards are planted to a wide selection of clones to produce a broad range of flavors from which to blend, and rootstock-to-clone combinations are continuously undergoing trials to best match plants to specific site requirements in order to create the most complex wines possible.

Caves and Winery

Archery Summit is the only Oregon winery with natural caves. Modeled after the underground caverns of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, our subterranean cellar is hewn from the natural volcanic rock found beneath the estate. This feature naturally maintains a temperature of 55°F to 59°F throughout the year, with a humidity level below 75%. These are optimal conditions for storing wines maturing in barrel. Visitors may explore this amazing underground cellar with a tour of the winery and discover first-hand how the architecture is critical to the production of our wines.

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