Winery Profile:

Owen Roe

Owen Roe was a seventeenth century Irish Patriot, who dedicated his life to upholding the highest principles of political equality and freedom. His commitment to great things makes him an ideal model for us at Owen Roe, for we share his dedication to principle in our work to produce the wines of Owen Roe. At Owen Roe we do not compromise: only the best is good enough.

Jerry Owen, on the the vineyard side, and David O’Reilly, who makes the wine, have formed Owen Roe with a simple purpose: to produce excellent wines from grapes grown and cultivated in the best vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. We have selected top quality grapes from vineyards chosen because they are in areas that ripen fruit fully, and the fruit has excellent acidity and ph balance. These vineyards are in the Willamette, Mid-Columbia, Yakima, and Walla Walla valleys. Each vineyard is contracted by the acre, with strict controls on yields and vine development. The same high principles are found in the winery. We allow only minimal handling, racking by gravity, and excellent cooperage. From the fruit to the bottle, cork, and label, Owen Roe aims for the very best.

Owen Roe produces three distinctive levels of wine: the O’Reilly’s (bearing the Irish Wolfhound on the label), wines with the Owen Roe woodcut label, and the highest end wines with the vineyard-designate, photograph labels.

1) The O’Reilly’s represents a great value. The vineyards and wines are treated with the same devotion as the most expensive wines. The Pinot Gris is stainless steel fermented, and the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are aged in barrels that are three to four years old. The wines are noted for being fruit forward and tasty at a young age, yet they develop over time into wonderfully complex wines.

2) After the O’Reilly’s, comes the wines that are adorned with the Owen Roe woodcut for their label. This is a woodcut of Clough Oughter castle in County Cavan, Ireland— the ancestral home of the O’Reillys. It was from here that Owen Roe O’Neill fought for Irish Freedom against Cromwell. Owen Roe resisted capture, but he was eventually poisoned at the castle, and died in 1649. The wines under this label are rich yet accessible. Among these wines is our most popular wine, the Abbot’s Table.

3) Hand printed photographs of old Ireland, captured by Portland artist David K. Brunn, grace each of Owen Roe’s finest wines. It is these wines that are proudly presented as the finest of their types. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah from DuBrul Vineyard, and Cabernet Franc from western Yakima Valley. Pinot Gris and Chardonnay from Crawford-Beck Vineyard in the Willamette Valley, and Pinot Noir from both Merriman and Kalita Vineyards also in the Willamette Valley.

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