I met with Chad Cherefko, the Conservation Specialist from Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District today. We walked the vineyards to discuss the next steps in our wildlife habitat restoration project. I think I am as excited about this as I am about our upcoming harvest. I have always dreamed of having the opportunity to carry out a long-term restoration project. The closest I came was the many years I spent at Stags’ Leap Winery, where I was able to restore a 19th century Napa Valley wine estate.
Our project here excites me even more. Maybe it is because Ellen and I own the property and don’t have to ask anyone else’s permission about what we hope to achieve. Maybe it is because we can see the results of too much clearing and too many unnecessary fences. Walking and working a property on a daily basis gives you a connection to the land that cannot be felt from behind a desk. Whatever the reasons, I know that we are going to spend the rest of our lives making this 128-acre site a better place for the wildlife and native vegetation to live and thrive. As a result, it will bring a great deal of joy and peace to our lives, which I truly believe translates into the wines we produce from this site.