Analemma wines showcase the Atavus Vineyard, located in the foothills of Mount Adams at 1700 feet. With a direct view of Mount Hood, the vineyard lies on a 12% south facing slope.
These attributes of the site’s placement are critical for coaxing enough heat to ripen the Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir in this cool growing environment. The soils consist of clay loam and have been dry farmed since inception. As the vines approach 50 years of age, the average yield is limited to 1.5-2 tons per acre of highly concentrated fruit.
The initial plantings date back to 1965 and were established by grower-producer Charles Henderson with guidance from Dr. Walter J. Clore. Dr. Clore is recognized as the ‘Father of the Washington State wine industry’ and made profound contributions to the State’s varietal selection and vineyard site placement early in the State's wine history.
During the changes of ownership through the vineyard's long history, Charles Henderson's original vision of creating cool climate, germanic style wines was lost. Today, we are inspired by the foresight of Mr. Henderson and Dr. Clore and are honored to be tending the Atavus Vineyard. We have renamed it Atavus, which means ancestor and in its origin alludes to the character or trait inherited from previous generations. It is with great pleasure that we have re-discovered the vision for this vineyard and can offer unique wines indicative of the site's cool climate character.