ESTATE VINEYARD

Fairsing, bountiful in Irish, reflects our estate’s abundant resources and beauty.

Established in 2005 with the purchase of a quarter section of harvested forestland, our 180-acres of grapevines and family forest honor a commitment to stewardship and conservancy.

Vineyard blocks are nestled among 30 acres of mature forest and 70 acres reforested since 2006 with 18,000 conifers, 3,000 deciduous trees, and more than 6,000 native shrubs.

Fairsing, bountiful in Irish, reflects our estate’s abundant resources and beauty.

Established in 2005 with the purchase of a quarter section of harvested forestland, our 180-acres of grapevines and family forest honor a commitment to stewardship and conservancy.

Vineyard blocks are nestled among 30 acres of mature forest and 70 acres reforested since 2006 with 18,000 conifers, 3,000 deciduous trees, and more than 6,000 native shrubs.

TERROIR

The foundation of the vineyard is coarse-grained silty-loam soils developed from ancient marine sediments.

Predominate soils include the Windy Gap and Bellpine series with the Goodin and Dupee series also prevalent.

These soils add minerality to Fairsing wines and their efficient drainage facilitate early ripening which allows Pinot noir to develop a balance of acid and tannin.

The foundation of the vineyard is coarse-grained silty-loam soils developed from ancient marine sediments.

Predominate soils include the Windy Gap and Bellpine series with the Goodin and Dupee series also prevalent.

These soils add minerality to Fairsing wines and their efficient drainage facilitate early ripening which allows Pinot noir to develop a balance of acid and tannin.

CULTIVARS

Fairsing is planted to 38 acres of Pinot noir and five acres Chardonnay on south-facing slopes ranging from 400 to 750 feet in elevation. Vines thrive in a premier confluence of soils, site aspects and location.

Pinot noir selections include Pommard, Wadenswil, and Dijon 114, 115, 667, and 777.

Chardonnay selections include Dijon 76, 95, and Entav varieties.

Selections are grafted to riparia gloire or 101-14 rootstocks. Vines are tightly spaces with an average of 2240 vines per acre.

Our first eighteen acres were planted to vine in 2006, with further development adding approximately five acres of production per year from 2007 through 2010.

Fairsing is planted to 38 acres of Pinot noir and five acres Chardonnay on south-facing slopes ranging from 400 to 750 feet in elevation. Vines thrive in a premier confluence of soils, site aspects and location.

Pinot noir selections include Pommard, Wadenswil, and Dijon 114, 115, 667, and 777.

Chardonnay selections include Dijon 76, 95, and Entav varieties.

Selections are grafted to riparia gloire or 101-14 rootstocks. Vines are tightly spaces with an average of 2240 vines per acre.

Our first eighteen acres were planted to vine in 2006, with further development adding approximately five acres of production per year from 2007 through 2010.

MICROCLIMATE

The estate’s microclimate is cool which encourages the hang time Pinot noir needs on the vine to fully express its flavors. Growing degree days averaged 2,330 and vary by growing season.

There is a splendid diversity of microclimates across the vineyard which adds subtle complexity to Fairsing wines.

An ideal south to southeast site aspect combines with the varied topography to create unique maturation profiles. Some vine blocks rest on top of rolling ridges; others spread across smooth steep slopes; a few blocks are nestled in sloping bowls.

The vineyard is cooled on summer nights from various directions; northwest from the Pacific Coast Range, northeast from the Columbia Gorge and southwest from the Van Duzer Corridor.

The estate’s microclimate is cool which encourages the hang time Pinot noir needs on the vine to fully express its flavors. Growing degree days averaged 2,330 and vary by growing season.

There is a splendid diversity of microclimates across the vineyard which adds subtle complexity to Fairsing wines.

An ideal south to southeast site aspect combines with the varied topography to create unique maturation profiles. Some vine blocks rest on top of rolling ridges; others spread across smooth steep slopes; a few blocks are nestled in sloping bowls.

The vineyard is cooled on summer nights from various directions; northwest from the Pacific Coast Range, northeast from the Columbia Gorge and southwest from the Van Duzer Corridor.

VITICULTURE

Fairsing crop yields are targeted at one cluster per shoot. Early season leaf pulling on eastern vine canopies enhances airflow and improves sunlight exposure. Balanced vines and open canopies are managed by adding or removing cover crop as necessary.

The water-holding capacity of soils throughout the vineyard allows for no irrigation or dry farming. Tillage is minimized to protect soil structure and enhance beneficial biological agents.

Fairsing crop yields are targeted at one cluster per shoot. Early season leaf pulling on eastern side vine canopies enhances airflow and improves sunlight exposure. Balanced vines and open canopies are managed by adding or removing cover crop as necessary.

The water-holding capacity of soils allows throughout the vineyard allow for no irrigation. Tillage is minimized to protect soil structure and enhance beneficial biological agents.

The Yamhill-Carlton AVA logo in Oregon's Willamette Valley with green vine rooted in a purple swirl to reflect the down to earth nature of the organization

Fairsing Vineyard is a proud member of the Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers Association, whose motto, “Down to Earth” reflects both the cooperative spirit of its members and the earthy quality of our wines. 

Wines from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA are renowned for their abundance of spice, floral qualities, layers of dark fruit flavors and silky texture. 

The AVA’s ancient marine sedimentary soils encourage early ripening of Pinot noir at higher tannin levels. Diurnal summer temperature shifts encourage thick, flavorful skins, and ripeness with excellent acidity.

The Yamhill-Carlton AVA logo in Oregon's Willamette Valley with green vine rooted in a purple swirl to reflect the down to earth nature of the organization

Fairsing Vineyard is a proud member of the Yamhill-Carlton Winegrowers Association, whose motto, “Down to Earth” reflects both the cooperative spirit of its members and the earthy quality of our wines. 

Wines from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA are renowned for their abundance of spice, floral qualities, layers of dark fruit flavors and silky texture. 

The AVA’s ancient marine sedimentary soils encourage early ripening of Pinot noir at higher tannin levels. Diurnal summer temperature shifts encourage thick, flavorful skins, and ripeness with excellent acidity.

GOOD NATURED

Fairsing’s founding principles of FAMILY, EARTH and SMILE celebrate the simple joys of life – 

gathering with family and friends over a bottle of wine,

enjoying the beauty and bounty that surrounds us,

and preserving nature’s resources for generations to come.

In observing the connection between family, farming and the natural world, we are committed to sustainability, soil health, biodiversity, preservation of native habitat, watershed quality, and wildlife protection.

Fairsing’s founding principles of FAMILY, EARTH and SMILE celebrate the simple joys of life – 

gathering with family and friends over a bottle of wine,

enjoying the beauty and bounty that surrounds us,

and preserving nature’s resources for generations to come.

In observing the connection between family, farming and the natural world, we are committed to sustainability, soil health, biodiversity, preservation of native habitat, watershed quality, and wildlife protection.

GOOD NATURED

Fairsing’s founding principles of FAMILY, EARTH and SMILE celebrate the simple joys of life – 

gathering with family and friends over a bottle of wine,

enjoying the beauty and bounty that surrounds us,

and preserving nature’s resources for generations to come.

In observing the connection between family, farming and the natural world, we are committed to sustainability, soil health, biodiversity, watershed quality, preservation of native habitat, and wildlife protection.

CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE

As a sustainable grower, Fairsing has held LIVE and Salmon Safe certificates since 2009 and became a Certified Family Forest with the American Tree Farm System in 2013.

As a sustainable grower, Fairsing has held LIVE and Salmon Safe certificates since 2009 and became a Certified Family Forest with the American Tree Farm System in 2013.

Fairsing Vineyard is certified LIVE sustainable

LIVE supports environmentally and socially responsible winegrowing through third-party certification and education.

With roots are in the Pacific Northwest, LIVE provides research-based standard for sustainable winegrowers accredited by the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC).

Salmon safe provides guidelines and certification of land management practices so that Pacific salmon can thrive in West Coast watersheds

Salmon-Safe works with West Coast farmers and environmentally innovative landowners to reduce watershed impacts through verified environmental practices.

As a leading U.S. ecolabel, Salmon-Safe offers peer-reviewed certification, linking land management with the protection of agricultural and urban watersheds.

Fairsing Vineyard is a member of the American Tree Farm System with a Certified Family Forest

The American Tree Farm System works to give land owners the tools they need to be effective stewards of America’s forests.

Privately owned woodlands are vital to our country’s clean water and air, sustainability, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities. 

SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES

SUSTAINABLE CELEBRATION

Fairsing observed its 15th Anniversary with gratitude and sustainability

To celebrate the land now called Fairsing, we acknowledge the original land stewards who sculpted this terrain by honoring them with continued and mindful preservation of the landscape. 

Throughout 2021 we initiated and enhanced a number of sustainable measures including:

• planting of numerous conifers and deciduous trees to our forest understory

• expanding our apiary to accommodate a growing honeybee population

• enhancing our holistic farming with fortified compost, and more…

SUSTAINABLE ANNIVERSARY INITIATIVES
Honeybees return to the hive at Fairsing Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS

Fairsing marks its 15th Anniversary with gratitude and sustainability

To celebrate the land we now call Fairsing, we acknowledge the original land stewards who sculpted this terrain and honor them with a continued and mindful preservation of the landscape. 

Throughout 2021 we observed our anniversary by initiating and enhancing a number of sustainable measures including:

• planting of numerous conifers and deciduous trees to our forest understory

• expanding our apiary to accommodate a growing honeybee population

• enhancing our holistic farming with fortified compost, and more…

ADDITIONAL SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES

THE ORIGINAL LAND STEWARDS

This land was once a carefully designed and engineered ecosystem due to the stewardship of the Kalapuya Tribal peoples and other bands of the Columbia and Willamette river regions.

Over a span of 3,500 years, the Willamette Valley evolved from a heavily forested landscape to a bountiful mosaic of meadows, oak savannah, grasslands, and healthy forest under the systematic care of Tribal peoples.

As the Willamette Valley wine community celebrates well-deserved Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, its imperative to acknowledge the region’s original land stewards who preserved the area’s magnificent terroir.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KALAPUYA
Fairsing Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley surrounded by forest, oak plantings, and native grasses

ORIGINAL STEWARDS

This land was once a carefully designed and engineered ecosystem due to the stewardship of the Kalapuya Tribal peoples and other bands of the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

Over a span of 3,500 years, the Willamette Valley evolved from a heavily forested landscape to a mosaic of meadows, oak savannah, grasslands, and healthy forest under the systematic care of Tribal peoples.

As the Willamette Valley wine community celebrates well-deserved Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, its imperative to acknowledge the region’s original land stewards who preserved the area’s magnificent terror.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KALAPUYA

FIBER FLAX – FROM SEED TO HARVEST

In March of 2021 Fairsing welcomed its first plot of fiber flax

Renowned for its durable and light weight textiles, fiber flax is one of the most sustainable natural fibers in the world

Flax requires little water over its fast 100 day growth cycle and, as it grows, converts CO2 from the atmosphere.

Follow as Fairsing extracts fiber from the dried harvested stems and learns to process flax.

READ MORE ABOUT FIBER FLAX
Fairsing team members pulling fiber flax in July of 2021 beneath sunny skies in Oregon's Willamette Valley

FIBER FLAX – FROM SEED TO HARVEST

In March of 2021 Fairsing welcomed its first plot of fiber flax

Renowned for its durable and light weight textiles, fiber flax is one of the most sustainable natural fibers in the world

Flax requires little water over its fast 100 day growth cycle and, as it grows, converts CO2 from the atmosphere.

Follow as Fairsing extracts fiber from the dried harvested stems and learns to process flax.

READ MORE ABOUT FIBER FLAX

HOLISTIC FARMING and COMPOST

Shovel after shovel, we’re enriching Fairsing Vineyard with a super-charged formulated compost

Fairsing augments its ecosystem and soils during the growing season with a unique compost mixture

From red wiggler earthworms, to oak bark, straw, and yarrow – nutrient-rich organic matter piles up at Fairsing

Each year, select areas of the vineyard and family forest are identified and fortified with the dense compost

GET A LOAD OF FAIRSING’S COMPOST
Fairsing Vineyard Enhancing holistic farming practices with specially formulated compost and red wiggler earthworms

HOLISTIC FARMING and COMPOST

Shovel after shovel, we’re enriching Fairsing Vineyard with a super-charged formulated compost

Fairsing augments its ecosystem and soils during the growing season with a unique compost mixture

From red wiggler earthworms, to oak bark, straw, and yarrow – nutrient-rich organic matter piles up at Fairsing

Each year, select areas of the vineyard and family forest are identified and fortified with the dense compost

GET A LOAD OF FAIRSING’S COMPOST
Fairsing Vineyard is a signatory member of the Willamette Valley Oak Accord to preserve and protect oak habitat

OAK ACCORD PROGRESS AT FAIRSING

Led by the Willamette Partnership, the Oak Accord is a voluntary conservation agreement by landowners to protect and restore native oak habitat

As a founding member, Fairsing has been active in preserving and enhancing oak habitat across the estate

Following a baseline assessment by an ecologist, Fairsing has been busy nurturing mature oaks, saplings, and seedlings

In February of 2021, over 1,000 bare-root oak saplings were planted among oak trees of varied maturity to complement our existing ecosystem 

FOLLOW OAK ACCORD PROGRESS
Fairsing celebrates 15years in Oregon's Willamette Valley by expanding sustainable practices which included planting 1,000 Oregon White Oak saplings

OAK ACCORD PROGRESS AT FAIRSING

Led by the Willamette Partnership, the Oak Accord is a voluntary conservation agreement by landowners to protect and restore native oak habitat

As a founding member, Fairsing has been active in preserving and enhancing oak habitat across the estate

Following a baseline assessment by an ecologist, Fairsing has been busy nurturing mature oaks, saplings, and seedlings

In February of 2021, over 1,000 bare-root oak saplings were planted among oak trees of varied maturity to complement our existing ecosystem 

FOLLOW OAK ACCORD PROGRESS
Fairsing Vineyard nurtures cover crops of beautiful crimson clover to build soil health and woo pollinators

CRIMSON CLOVER & FAIRSING

Each spring the Willamette Valley rolls out a red carpet of beautiful crimson clover to welcome visitors.

Revered across cultures for its highly nutritive properties as a ground cover, crimson clover earned distinction as one of the earliest cultivated economic plants.

Crimson clover grows quickly, attracts pollinators, replenishes the soil, and blankets our estate with vibrant blooms.

Before the 2021 fall rains arrived, crimson clover was among 750 pounds of legumes, oats, and barley seed planted between the vine rows and headlands to prevent soil erosion and add biomass.

For its genuine beauty, restorative value, and Celtic symbolism, Fairsing selected illustrations of both crimson and white clover (the shamrock) to grace our wine bottle labels. 

MORE CRIMSON CLOVER
Before the 2021 fall rains arrived, crimson clover was among 750 pounds of legumes, oats, and barley seed planted between the vine rows and headlands at Fairsing Vineyard to prevent soil erosion and add biomass.

CRIMSON CLOVER & FAIRSING

Each spring the Willamette Valley rolls out a red carpet of beautiful crimson clover to welcome visitors.

Revered across cultures for its highly nutritive properties as a ground cover, crimson clover earned distinction as one of the earliest cultivated economic plants.

Crimson clover grows quickly, attracts pollinators, replenishes the soil, and blankets our estate with vibrant blooms.

Before the 2021 fall rains arrived, crimson clover was among 750 pounds of legumes, oats, and barley seed planted between the vine rows and headlands to prevent soil erosion and add biomass.

For its genuine beauty, restorative value, and Celtic symbolism, Fairsing selected illustrations of both crimson and white clover (the shamrock) to grace our wine bottle labels. 

MORE CRIMSON CLOVER
Fairsing Vineyard celebrates Certified Family Forest status

FAIRSING CERTIFIED AS FAMILY FOREST

In 2013 Fairsing Vineyard became a Certified Family Forest with the American Tree Farm System

Certification includes compliance and meeting standards of ecological and economic sustainable forest management. 

When purchased, all but 30 acres of Fairsing’s 170-acre site was a clear-cut forest with nearly 90 acres suitable for vineyard development.

With a commitment to sustainability and preservation, it was decided to return 80 acres of the site to its natural habitat as a forest.

Since 2007, over 18,000 conifers, 3,000 deciduous trees,, and 6,000 shrubs have been planted and nurtured across the estate.

In February of 2021, we expanded upon our commitment and planted a variety of new trees including Japanese maple and incense cedar. With time these saplings will compliment our existing ecosystem infrastructure and enhance our forest understory.

DISCOVER FAIRSING’S FOREST
Fairsing Vineyard returns nearly 80 acres to native forest habitat with planting of conifers, deciduous trees, and shrubs

FAIRSING CERTIFIED AS FAMILY FOREST

In 2013 Fairsing Vineyard became a Certified Family Forest with the American Tree Farm System

Certification includes compliance and meeting standards of ecological and economic sustainable forest management. 

When purchased, all but 30 acres of Fairsing’s 170-acre site was a clear-cut forest with nearly 90 acres suitable for vineyard development.

With a commitment to sustainability and preservation, it was decided to return 80 acres of the site to its natural habitat as a forest.

Since 2007, over 18,000 conifers, 3,000 deciduous trees,, and 6,000 shrubs have been planted and nurtured across the estate.

In February of 2021, we expanded upon our commitment and planted a variety of new trees including Japanese maple and incense cedar. With time these saplings will compliment our existing ecosystem infrastructure and enhance our forest understory.

DISCOVER FAIRSING’S FOREST
“… stop by the peaceful Fairsing Vineyard for beautiful wines and infinite views of the surrounding Willamette Valley and peaks from the Cascades to the Coastal Mountain Ranges.”

 – LAT + LONG, The Rand McNally Travel Blog

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