Wine a Million Years in the Making

They say a great wine takes time. How about a few million years or so? That’s how long the nutrient-rich volcanic soil of Central Oregon has endured, creating an agricultural wonderland for our little corner of the world.

One of the area’s first vineyards, Monkey Face Vineyard’s French-American hybrid grape varietals were chosen specifically for our unique high desert climate. The sparkling cold Crooked River feeding into our slice of paradise, as well as our 300+ days of brilliant sunshine, infuses our grapes with something almost indescribable. Imagine being able to taste nature at its purest in every sip.

That’s the secret behind Monkey Face wine.

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(Planted in 2006, with a first harvest in 2010, Monkey Face Vineyard spreads across four acres of some of the most beautiful land in the Pacific Northwest.)

Having a working vineyard in your own backyard is one of the pure joys of being a landholder at Ranch at the Canyons. Our homeowners have the rare opportunity to become involved with vineyard tasks such as spring pruning and the autumn harvest, as well as receiving in-depth education from our master winegrower about the intricate art of creating good wine. Whether they get up close and personal with the vines or simply sit back and enjoy the bustle of agriculture, each landholder enjoys the benefits and beauty of vineyard life as well as their own private label wine to enjoy.

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(Kerry Damon, our Vintner, and our winemaker, Linda Donovan of Pallet Wine Company, have worked tirelessly over the last year to create an amazing array of wines for public enjoyment.)

Three varieties of Monkey Face Vineyard white wines are now available for purchase:

2014 FRONTENAC GRIS

  • Designed to grow in color climates, perfect for Central Oregon’s late spring and early autumn weather
  • Flavors of pear, eucalyptus, honey and melon create a smooth, round finish
  • Pairs well with feta, chèvre, salmon and alfredo
  • Released July 2015
  • 23 cases

2014 LA CRESCENT

  • Germanic-style wine, similar to Riesling
  • Distinctly crisp with hints of anise, lemon and sage lend to a delicate, refreshing finish
  • Pairs well with seafood, fresh salads, fruit and cheese plates, Asian and spicy
  • Southwest cuisines
  • Released July 2015
  • 61 cases

2014 VIGNOLES

  • A dry wine with luscious floral aromas and notes of grapefruit, pineapple, star fruit and lemon for a medium, well-balanced finish
  • Pairs well with Asian cuisine, honey baked ham, fruit and cheese plate
  • Released July 2015
  • 66 cases

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Prices range from $30-35/bottle, with case discounts available. Our 2014 reds will be available to the public in Spring 2016 and we can’t wait to introduce those to you.

To purchase Monkey Face Vineyard wine (and taste a bit of paradise in a bottle), please contact Ty Rawlins:

ty@ranchatthecanyons.com
541-410-1056

Salute!