There is no entry in Guinness World’s Records for “the smallest licensed producer of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris in Oregon” but if there were, we are fairly confident it would name Calamity Hill Vineyard and Farm. We didn’t set out to be the smallest. We were limited by the amount of land we have, but we could have planted 3+ acres of vines. There are many vineyards of that size or less. We just decided we wanted to plant what we knew we could handle.
As it turns out, the economies of scale are not great so profiting from our wines requires that we do as much of the work as possible. This also means we take special care at every point in the growing, the winemaking, and the storage and care of the wine after it is in bottle.
We think that vintners who handcraft wines from fruit grown on small vineyards have the opportunity to make the finest wines on earth. We hope that you agree and will try our “Oregon’s Smallest” wines. No one yet has convinced us that we will grow better grapes or make better wine if we focus on increasing production. Look for Calamity Hill Vineyard and Farm to produce fewer than 150 cases of fine wine each vintage.