Hiyu The May 2014

  • Interdimensional blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Nate Ready and China Tressemer
  • Macerated for 90-120 days, then aged in solera
  • Conjures forgotten facets of Pinot Noir overlooked by more traditional winemaking.
  • Pure wizardry. For the adventurers.

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The snow-covered cap of Mount Hood rises up over the vibrant green Hood River Valley like a jagged primordial tooth. Against the blue-grey sky, it looks like an ancient stone sentinel written into reality by J.R.R. Tolkien. You might think that experiencing a placed as aesthetically magical as this would prepare you for meeting Nate Ready. But there is nothing that can really prepare you for the experience. Hiyu Wine Farms exists outside of time and beyond any conception of a vineyard, farm, or garden that you might hold in your mind. It is verdant, wild, and quietly extraordinary - a physical manifestation of the mind and imagination of its keeper.

Nate Ready looks like a wizard. His long grey beard flows in the breeze as he walks through the vines on his farm. And it is truly a farm. He and his partner China are proponents of deeply regenerative agriculture and maintain what may be the only regenerative polyculture vineyard in the United States. Of their 30 acres, 14 of them are planted to vines. They grow 80 different varieties across a number of vineyard plots. Occasionally they may break out a hand scythe to tend to the cover crop, but mostly this is handled by the cows, chickens, pigs, and ducks that roam their hills. The vineyards are overgrown with a blanket of natural cover. Wild and tended with deep love, this is as real and as natural as winemaking gets. The only chemicals that come into contact with the vines are cinnamon oil (to control mildew) and herbal teas. The only time the vines are cut is when the grapes are pruned. There is no trimming, no dry harvest or leaf pulling. There is no interruption of the vines’ natural growing cycle. The resulting wines exist in a world all on to their own.

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About Dedalus

Dedalus is defining a new wine culture. One that closes the gap between wine growers and wine drinkers.