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Winemaking

A deliberate cellar mentality leads to memorable wines. Every action results from the deep connections we share with our vineyard sites, as well as our unwavering urge to express both the vintage and the distinctive, dramatic locales our vines are rooted in.

Winemaking Philosophy

Our wines reflect long-standing relationships between seasoned winemakers, friends, viticulturists, and remarkable vineyards. We blend our wines to unearth the character of each vineyard, drawn to the synergies that exist within each site. We adjust our approach each year according to the vintage to create what we hope is an undeniable expression of each vineyard site.

Our cellar tactics are closely tied to our vineyard practices and vice versa. A series of tiny, interconnected tasks make our wines distinctive. If we delay a weekly topping, choose to cultivate a vineyard row sooner rather than later, or keep a wine in barrel too long, the wine says something different.

We make quality-driven decisions every day to ensure that the wine is healthy and expressive. We are always exploring, without ever losing site of deep-seated traditions. This artistic weaving—performed with conviction every vintage—has made Archery Summit into the brand it is today.

By cherishing the Dundee Hills, we strive to elevate your perception of what Willamette Valley wine can be. Part of that quest involves exploring and enhancing emerging styles, like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Eola-Amity Hills and Dundee Hills. And while our intrepid team appreciates the Old World, we are steadfast in extending the Willamette Valley’s own winemaking legacy.

“We’re not making Burgundian wine here,” says winemaker Ian Burch. “The Willamette Valley is unique and offers its own distinctive voice.”

Our Archery Summit winemaking team, led by Ian Burch, is a tightly knit group of four with 53 collective harvests to their names. Such experience creates a symbiotic bond between producer and place. They are able to interpret the vineyards and growing seasons with highly trained eyes and the skill that comes from nearly three decades of winemaking.