We know of few people who work harder than Herb Quady, one of the cornerstone growers on whom we rely to provide us with the best raw materials for our wines. He grows several varietals on his ranch in southern Oregon. The beautiful Mae's vineyard is a gently rounded hillside arcing from southeast to south-southwest and framed by the rugged, conifer-covered slopes of the Siskiyou mountains. The soils are mostly granitic bedrock and decomposed basalt dotted with, of all things, chunks of quartz!
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This is idyllic, rural wine country, the hills and valleys speckled with small farms here and there, interspersed with winding little rivers and bubbling creeks. The foliage is aromatic with evergreen, eucalyptus, and madrone trees breaking up the pastures and becoming more dense near the tops of the mountains. Ground elevation is about 1,200 - 1,600 feet. So even as the days are hot, the nights always cool off, usually under clear, starry skies in the summer.
Wines from Mae's Vineyard
This wine is dedicated to two people who have contantly believed in Brianne's endless dreams and possibilities for Day Wines. It is said that fortune favors the bold, and this wine is a nod to the bold introduction between Brianne, Diana and Richard, and the relationship that has ensued.
The first wine named in honor of Brianne's son, Viggo, the 'little, golden adored one" captures the radiant treasures hidden away in Herb Quady's Mae's Vineyard.
A lovely rosé version of a wine we typically make as a red. 83% Syrah and 17% Viognier direct pressed and fermented in neutral 500 L barrels for 10 months to make a complex and nuanced rosé.
The 2020 vintage of our best-selling wine might be the finest we've ever produced. While the varietal blend may change year to year, we always capture a particular style centered on character and flair.
Oregon's finest Syrah comes from Applegate Valley, and this expression from Mae's Vineyard, co-fermented with 15% Viognier, shows exactly why these sites are making a splash in the domestic scene.