GOLDEN CLUSTER in the North Willamette region of Oregon was created by Jeff Vejr who makes wine from purchased grapes.
GRAPE SOURCES Jeff Vejr sources grapes from one of Oregon’s original heritage vineyards, a farm which was once called the Reuter Estate. There were vineyards on it from about 1870 until the beginnings of Prohibition in 1915 (Oregon enacted Prohibition fours before the the Federal Government), when those first vines were pulled up and replaced with plum trees, potatoes, and grazing fields. This vineyard site was brought back to life when it was purchased in 1965 by Charles and Shirley Coury who, in 1966, re-planted it with an impressive selection of wine grape varieties, thus kicking off the modern wine industry in the Willamette Valley. The Charles Coury Vineyard was subsequently bought and sold on various occasions since 1978 (and was once held by a bank), but since 1992 has been in the hands of the Stoyanov family. Jeff Vejr’s Golden Cluster label started with the 2013 vintage, marking another new era of wines from this historic vineyard, now the David Hill Vineyard, and a special link between Oregon’s past and current wine history.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION 2016 C1 for the David Hill Vineyard. 2019 Full organic certification due.
COURY OLD VINES SEMILLON From the David Hill Vineyard (see above). Planted 1965. Vines their own roots. 2013 Warm, wet season. 24 hours on skins. Barrel fermented. 100% MLF. Nice and savoury at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016. 2014 Warm and even year. Similar acids to 2013. 100% MLF. This was savoury and gentle at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.