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Evesham Wood

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Our Philosophy
At Evesham Wood, small is beautiful.To maintain a high level of quality, we rely on two basic principles: obtaining optimally ripe low-yield fruit from the best possible sites in our area, and using minimal intervention in the winemaking process. We feel that this is the surest way to create wines which express their unique heritage. For example, our Pinot Noirs and vineyard-designated Chardonnays are not filtered prior to bottling, so as to preserve texture and flavor complexity. Our main sources of inspiration and advice have come from two of Burgundy's top small producers: the legendary Henri Jayer (Vosne-Romanée), and Michel Niellon (Chassagne-Montrachet). Even if, as "new world" vintners, we aren't ashamed to admit that we strive for certain subtle aspects of great Côte d'Or Pinot and Chardonnay, we appreciate the fact that there will always be identifiable Eola Hills' characteristics in our wines, distinguishing them from every other region of the world.

In order to realize the goal of emphasizing the uniqueness of our terroir (and thus our wines), in 2000 Evesham Wood obtained organic certification of Le Puits Sec vineyard. With the enactment of federal regulations governing organic certification in 2002 (the USDA's National Organic Program), our winery processing was certified as well. Additionally, we are charter members of DRC (Deep Roots Coalition), a group of local growers/producers which advocates the use of natural methods in the vineyard and cellar, especially the harvesting of grapes exclusively from non-irrigated vineyards (thus forcing the vine's roots to grow deeper into the soil). Indeed, we feel that the concept of terroir would have little validity in an irrigated vineyard.

At Evesham Wood it is not our objective to produce wines with mass appeal. This is due in part to the fact that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay want, more than any other noble grape varieties, to reflect their origins in terroir and winemaking approach. Both of these attributes would be diminished by an excessively manipulative approach You may also notice that we don't post wine reviews from national publications on our site. Although we do submit samples (when requested) to a few wine writers, we feel that it may be counterproductive to post their reviews, even when favorable, because the wines reviewed are more often than not already in short supply, thus forcing us to turn away some unhappy customers.