The Foley Family Vineyard
The Black family purchased an existing vineyard in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley in 2003 as a family retreat. They immediately began turning the estate into a sustainably farmed, well-tended vineyard with the goal of producing rich, elegant, delicious and complex wines.
That same year The Four Graces was founded. The winery is named in honor of the Black's four daughters.
In 2005 the Blacks purchased the Doe Ridge property in Yamhill Carlton to continue the growth of the brand. They chose a site in a differing appellation to add complexity and variety.
This vineyard has been turned into one of the largest experiments of its kind with twenty acres farmed biodynamically and twenty acres farmed sustainably through the L.I.V.E (low impact viticulture and enology) program.
Today The Four Graces is owned by Bill Foley and produces Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Pinot blanc renowned nationally and internationally for their balance, elegance, complexity, and richness. The wines are crafted under the guidance of French born Laurent Montalieu one of Oregon's most respected winemakers.
More recently the historical farmhouse on the now named Foley Family Estate was carefully renovated and opened as a quaint tasting room that welcomes visitors to the famed Willamette Valley. Guests are encouraged to stroll through the demonstration vineyard and to bring a picnic to enjoy with memorable wines served in this thriving wine country destination.
Doe Ridge Vineyard
In 2005 the Black Family purchased the Doe Ridge Vineyard site, which is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The 90-acre site has been carefully planned and developed, making the Doe Ridge, one of the most innovative new vineyards in the Willamette Valley
Of the 40 plus acres planted, 20 are farmed using sustainable agriculture with a focus on non-invasive viticulture practices with the other 20 acres farmed using the Rudolph Steiner practice of Biodynamie under the guidance of French consultant, Philippe Armenier. Each section of the vineyard integrates the swells and slopes with row directions that are slightly off of the typical north to south alignment. This is to allow for the full ripening of grapes and the avoidance of sun damage. In preparing the site it was ripped to a depth of five feet. The usage of untreated cedar post and metal stakes allow for enhanced microbiological activity of the soil and result in better expression of the sedimentary Willakenzie soil. The newer Dijon clones of 114, 115, 667 and 777 and the old world Pommard clones are grafted to divigorating rootstocks, 101-14 and Riparia Gloire and are planted at 2555 vines per acre (1.8m x 1.0m spacing). A wooded ravine and stream runs through the center of the site, ending in a beautiful pond which is available to irrigate the vineyard. The Doe Ridge Vineyard is destined to produce excellent fruit.