LONG WALK VINEYARD is located at Ashland's historic Valley View Orchard, a property originally farmed starting in the early 1900's and still in operation today. Owners Tim and Kathy O'Leary purchased the property in 2000 with the dual goals of preserving the historical orchards as well as realizing a dream of making the wines they love so much from the south of France. In 2002, the orchards received organic certification, and 11 acres of prime, south-facing land originally planted to cherries and pears was replanted to wine grapes – all Rhône varietals. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsaut and Carignane allow Long Walk Vineyard to produce a variety of wines with close similarities to the original Provence region of southern France, but with a distinctive Southern Oregon character.
Long Walk Vineyard is committed to producing natural wines from certified organic fruit. We produce approximately 1,500 cases each year. Our natural wine starts with sound, estate fruit that is grown organically. It is hand tended, picked early in the morning, hand sorted in the vineyard and processed right away. It is fermented slowly with it's own indigenous yeast. We don't use thickeners, color modifiers, clarifiers or engineered yeasts or enzymes. Minimal intervention is our goal throughout the grape growing and wine making process. We believe this results in the best wine qualities - wine that is true to the characteristics of the fruit it is made from, unique to it's vintage year and growing conditions.
All of our wines are barrel aged in neutral oak. Our reds are fermented and barreled separately by varietal. Our rosé blends are little different - a field blend. This means that the mixing of the different grape varietals that make up the rosé is done during harvest and kept together throughout the winemaking process - picked, crushed and pressed at the same time.
Our vineyard is certified organic by Oregon Tilth.