There is a comfort that comes from knowing that all vintages are different, balanced by the anticipation of what is to come and how to create the story of the harvest through our wines. With the vines that were planted almost 50 years ago we celebrate the ephemeral beauty from each unique harvest and the distinctive sense of place from the vineyards.
Similar to how fast each harvest comes and goes, some of the prized flowers of the Willamette Valley appear in their beauty for a few days and then are gone. We are thankful with the grape harvest, we can bottle it up and keep it for future moments.
The label designs for our Celebration wines are inspired by the abundance of flowers that thrive in the Willamette Valley. There is also a tradition of floral labels on past Amity vintages.
A favorite flower of the previous vineyard owners was the iris. There are irises planted throughout the property and a number of past labels included the iris as a main visual element.
Our 2019 Amity Estate Pinot Blanc is the first wine under the Celebration label. This wine has notes of honeydew, lemon verbena, and jasmine. We think it is a beautiful expression of the terroir of the estate and the Eola-Amity Hills. The elegant profile of this wine fits with the subdued label featuring the stunning and fleeting blooms of the peony.
This fall we plan to plant a number of peonies on the property to keep the tradition of flowers blooming and to honor the history of peony cultivation in the valley.