Sustainably Grown

LIVE certified (Low Impact Viticulture & Enology)
Salmon Safe certified:  no pesticides, no fertilizers, no harsh chemicals, no run-off

The idea for utilizing the rocky site for grapes was inspired by the film “A Good Year”- the Russel Crowe movie about great wines made from a very warm, rocky, sandy soil site in France. After seeing the movie, a visit to Bonnieux (France) inspired the family to plant just like in the cinema…and the results have made some great wines!

Hot Rocks Vineyard is located along the pristine Molalla River in the heart of the Willamette Valley. This wild & free flowing river starts in the Table Rock Wilderness in the foothills of Mt Hood; and remains the largest undammed tributary to the Willamette River. It runs past our organic vegetable farm in the big city of Barlow (population 141).   Since the river borders one side of the farm; this area is full of rocks, thin sandy soils and not desirable to grow vegetables. However, grapes are hardy and like to struggle. Due to the rocks, sands and refraction of the sun this site is typically 3-8 degrees hotter than our other vineyards. The rocky site , the stress on the vines and the warmth of the earth each have a hand in creating a Pinot Noir that is filled with a bit more depth, spice, and character than many in the area. That’s why it’s called the Hot Rocks.

Our Hot Rocks Pinot Noir offers raspberry and sweet cherry aromas along with a healthy portion of earthiness.  Look for flavors ranging from black cherry to black raspberry and secondary aromas of pepper, vanilla, clove, cola and caramel.


Winemaker’s Notes
Pegasus is the symbol of my alma matter. One of the most popular symbols of mythology it is the symbol of wisdom & spring and was the inspiration of poets. “Wine is Bottled Poetry”- Robert Lewis Stevenson.   X % of sale proceeds benefit the UCF Scholarship Fund.

  • Aged in French and Hungarian Oak for 13 months.
  • Sold only in the Pheasant Run Tasting Room and on-line.