When you come across a winery like David Hill, it’s very difficult to know where to start describing it. First off, it is one of the most beautiful vineyard properties we’ve ever seen. It literally takes your breath away. At least it did ours.
Milan and Jean Stoyanov purchased the property in 1992. It housed a vintage farmhouse from 1883 and boasted some of the oldest vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, some planted in the early ’60s. Even the name has a fascinating history. The land was originally owned by Frederick David and was called “David’s Hill.” With a slight variation, the name stuck.
It’s the soil that plants its imprint on the grapes and makes the difference between one region and another. And while the land of Willamette Valley was absolutely perfect for grapes, winemaking here has been difficult because of the very cool weather.
Taming the weather has taken lots of experimentation and hard work, as local winegrowers have learned how to deal with Mother Nature. Over the years, Willamette Valley’s reputation as a winemaking region has come a long way, and David Hill is one of the reasons. Their wines are absolutely magnificent and here is a perfect example.
Pinot Gris is produced around the globe in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, North America, South Africa and South America. The most amazing Pinot Gris wines come out of the Alsace region of France. Few other Pinot Gris attain such heights of quality, but the offerings from Oregon’s Willamette Valley come close to the Alsatians. The presence and dynamics of the fruit and earth flavors are as rewarding as they are dazzling.