Laurent Montalieu Laurent attended the Institute of Oenology of Bordeaux, where he immersed himself in studies of vineyard management and wine making. He worked in California’s Napa Valley before moving to Oregon. He has gained the respect of industry leaders and professionals with his passion for the highest quality standards in the vineyard coupled with a philosophy of minimal intervention in the production of hand-crafted wines. He produces Tumwater wines at his state of the art wine making facility in nearby Dundee, Oregon.
It all started with making a good home for the grapes. We began building that 'home' with an empty slate.
The vineyard has a story. This place held promise for much more than the rugged fields and scattered stands of fir trees foretold. After careful planning and site preparation the professionals were brought in to evaluate what grapes would grow best here on Pete's Mountain. The rows were plotted to make the best use of how the sun moved across the sky. The soil was turned and stakes set in place. Acre after acre the young vines were planted and strung up to take what nature had for them in this new home. One never quite knows what will happen. We waited. This summer we were delighted to receive our very first harvest of grapes, enough to produce a limited batch. Like proud parents we lift our glass to toast the realization of the dream.
Looking forward, we envision being able to harvest a bountiful yield in another year or two. Until then we have been blessed to partner with local wineries for a splendid selection of classic vines to enjoy right here in this special place we call Tumwater Reserve.
Small batch tasting November 2016
With a smile and a pause to take in the bouquet, we sampled our very first small batch wine from the 2016 harvest. There was just enough wine to share between those gathered.
"It tasted like victory" was the response from Gordon Root, Principal developer of the Tumwater property. Well said Gordon, it has been one long row to hoe. Let us raise a glass to the future of this vineyard and the grateful heart we share in seeing it come to fruition. Cheers! Click the button to see a slideshow on how we constructed the vineyard and Tumwater Reserve home sites.