To achieve this goal, the winery joins more than 30 other wineries in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.
Amity, OR (January 19, 2021)-Bryn Mawr Vineyards is proud to announce its LIVE certification for sustainable viticulture and production. After a decade of responsible farming in the vineyards of Eola Amity Hills, Bryn Mawr has joined more than 300 LIVE-certified wineries and vineyard operators to implement sustainable farming practices on a large scale in the Willamette Valley.
In 2009, owners Kathy and John Lauer acquired Bryn Mawr Vineyard, a steep 26-acre slope in the ABA Eola Amity Hills, first planted in 1994. Located on one of the steepest slopes of the Willamette Valley, amidst a virgin Douglas fir forest, the Bryn Mawr vineyard is influenced by the strong Pacific Ocean sea breezes along the Van Duzer Corridor.
Over the past decade, the winery’s efforts have focused on agricultural practices that contribute to a more diverse ecosystem. Led by winemaker Rachel Rose, the team began creating a large conservation area around the property in 2010, doubling the requirements for LIVE certification. Native wildflowers are also planted throughout the vineyard to provide nutrients to the soil when needed and to attract various pollinators for other species living on the property. The LIVE certification standards include environmental conservation measures, as well as standards for health and safety, energy efficiency, proper use of resources and materials, and a community-based approach, all of which Bryn Mawr is committed to.
We have been working for ten years to formally join this community of sustainable winemakers and we are proud to receive this certification, says Rose, but sustainability has been Bryn Mawr’s core philosophy since its inception. Rosa herself graduated magna cum laude from the University of Santa Cruz with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and has always surrounded herself with nature. Their goal is to produce life-giving wines through intelligent farming.
Creating biodiversity in the vineyards benefits us in the winemaking process, and these efforts result in increasingly exciting and complex wines, Rose says.
In addition to certification, Bryn Mawr has introduced a number of new sustainable production methods by 2021, including significant changes to its packaging. These include sourcing locally produced glass bottles where possible, decorating bottles with wax instead of tin or screw caps, using more natural paper raw materials for labelling and using technical beeswax caps.
The Bryn Mawr vineyard is one of the rockiest in the Willamette Valley and, because of its steep location, one of the windiest. These factors make the vineyard a very cool place that ripens late compared to other vineyards in the region. There are numerous series of volcanic soils on the property, including Jory, Ritner and Nekia soils.
Rachel Rose has increased the winery’s production from a modest level to 6,500 cases, producing accessible and elegant wines of great complexity. Bryn Mawr produces world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from its own and neighboring vineyards in the Eola Amity Hills. Bryn Mawr also produces experimental red wines like Dolcetto and Tempranillo, aromatic white wines like Riesling and Pinot Blanc, and has a new sparkling wine program that began with its first sparkling rosé.
About Bryn Mawr Vineyards
Bryn Mawr Winery is located on one of the steepest slopes of the Willamette Valley, surrounded by pristine Douglas fir forests and influenced by strong lake winds from the Van Duzer Corridor. Owners Kathy and John Lauer knew the site had great potential and purchased the Bryn Mawr Manor vineyard in 2009. Soon after, they hired winemaker Rachel Rose to lead the growth and development of the wine production and maturation program. Under the direction of Rachel Rose, Bryn Mawr produces wines of great complexity and excitement that include traditional varietals such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as growing varietals such as Tempranillo, Dolcetto and several aromatic white grapes. Bryn Mawr wines are currently distributed in Oregon, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit: https://www.brynmawrvineyards.com/.
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