The idea for Real Nice Winemakers started with some good friends who are sommeliers at some of the best restaurants around the country asking us to create wines representative of the Willamette Valley that over deliver on quality for the price. We spent the last two years working on this and leaned heavily on our experience working in wineries in Burgundy, New Zealand, Australia, Napa, and of course Oregon.
The most important task in winemaking is to secure great fruit. We were able to lock up two amazing blocks from the Hyland Vineyard, one of the oldest and most renowned vineyards in the Valley. Hyland was first planted in 1972. This is only 7 years after the first vine was planted in the Willamette Valley so this was very early days for the pioneers of the Oregon wine industry. It was a back-bone vineyard for early Oregon producers throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Today Hyland is the epitome of old school Oregon wine growing, with its wide rows, dry farming practices, and non-grafted vines. Hyland Vineyard changed hands from the original family about 10 years ago and now it is farmed for the highest quality using organic and biodynamic farming practices.