Farming practices & Wine making
The 1st phase of the estate vineyard was planted in 1981. Our family has been hand crafting wines since 1986. Craig & Claudia were the founders of the winery, and their son, Morgan and his wife Jessica are the 2nd generation continuing with their passion in the wine business.
Our estate vineyard is farmed using sustainable farming practices including using sheep to mow our vineyard's ground cover & weeds when appropriate. We also use organic material to promote healthy growth in our vines. Sustainability is a part of our daily life and we believe it is essential for our future.
Our goal is to consistently produce dynamic and outstanding wines that are true expressions of the place where they are grown. We want to make wines that make you stop and think.
We believe that good wine is first made in the vineyard. At Broadley, Pinot Noir grapes are harvested from several designated blocks on the estate vineyard including, Claudia's Choice, Marcile Lorraine & the Jessica block. More Pinot Noir (and occasionally Chardonnay grapes) are sourced from hand selected vineyards that also use meticulous farming methods in order to harvest the healthiest fruit the vintage can bring.
Wooden fermenters impart unique qualities to our wine. When wine is fermented in wood, it gives a richer and deeper complexity to the finished wine. We also use whole clusters in fermentation when the vintage ripens the fruit's stems and the flavor and intensity of the fruit is there. This adds structure and character to the wine.
"Great Sites Produce great wines!"
With years of experience brings wine growing wisdom. We searched hard to find the right site to produce our wines. We found our ideal location on a warm site within a cool climate. To date, out estate vineyard consists of 33 acres planted in Pinot Noir sitting on a cool North/East slope in a warm and dry area of the Willamette Valley, just outside the small town of Monroe.
Broadley Vineyards is located in an area known locally as the "banana belt." The warm air and dry conditions are ideal for maturing Pinot Noir grapes. We don't have to struggle to obtain ripeness, and we tend to be able to wait for optimum flavor development before we pick.
Our soil is a vital component for our vines ultimate character. The clay soil makes it possible for us to "dry farm," meaning no need to water. Our red volcanic Jory and Hazelair clay soils give us good drainage without excessive vigor, as well as a good compliment of minerality and spice that can be tasted in our wines.
Another unique aspect in our estate vineyard is our use of the lyre trellis system. This approach splits our canopy into two walls of grapes, giving them better sun exposure and air flow for healthy ripening. (Approximately 75% of our estate vineyard is planted using the Lyre trellis system and the remainder is planted using vertical trellis.)