The Wine: Amphora Pet Nat 2019
Civic Winery Amphora Pet Nat 2019 is a pet nat rose' natural wine from Oregon made from a blend of Pinot noir (66%), and Chardonnay (34%) farmed biodynamically. Johan Vineyard is a certified biodynamic vineyard sitting at the furthest eastern reaches of the Van Duzer Corridor, Oregon. Crisp and refreshing with fine bubbles, rhubarb and strawberry feast.
The Producer: Civic Winery
Located in the heart of Downtown Eugene, Civic Winery & Wines is a multi-faceted project housed in a newly-renovated historic building. Originally constructed in 1937 with some of the leftover lumber from Civic Stadium, the renovations exposed the high ceilings, beams and trusses that previous tenants had allowed to remain covered. (source: Civic Winery)
The Region: Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley AVA is located in western Oregon, stretching for about 120 miles south of Portland. The Willamette River runs through the entire region. Willamette Valley is famous primarily for its Pinot Noirs, and it’s become one of the world’s benchmark for this cold-climate grape varietal, in some cases rivaling Burgundy.
The development of viticulture and winemaking in Willamette Valley can be attributed to the curiosity of a handful of University of California Davis students. In the 1960s they explored the area’s potential for viticulture and found that Pinot Noir would have adapted the best, and the rest is history.
In 1979, a Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley took part in the Gault-Millau French Wine Olympiades, beating several Burgundy Pinot Noirs, which at the time were regarded as the best expression of this fascinating grape varietal. This put Oregon and especially Willamette Valley one the wine world map.
Willamette Valley has been its own AVA since 1984, but in 2002 a movement to differentiate the valley’s terroirs started. As a result, several new sub-AVAs have been established in the past fifteen years: Dundee Hills, McMinnville, Eola-Amity Hills, Yamhill-Carlton District, and Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge.
The Terroir of Willamette Valley
The climate of Willamette Valley is predominantly maritime with rainy winters and dry summers. Temperature variation between day and night can be substantial. Pinot Noir, a grape varietal which tends to ripen early and favors cool climates, has adapted perfectly to the region.
The characteristic soil formation of Willamette Valley is rich in iron and is called Jory. It can be found pretty much everywhere in the valley and it’s responsible for Willamette’s signature Pinot Noir profile.