CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Local winemakers say the hot, dry summer is causing many vineyard grapes to mature faster, making for an earlier harvest.
A fairly young local winery is welcoming their first in-house winemaker to the Rogue Valley.
“We’ve been actively involved in the process but having our own in-house wine maker takes it to the next level of oversight and looking forward to building our own winery, and having him involved in that process as well,” said David Traul, the owner of Ledger David.
Kiley Evans is joining Ledger David Cellars with more than 15 years of wine industry experience under his belt. After spending a few years in North Carolina, Evans says coming back to the climate in Southern Oregon was an easy choice.
“It gives us this really great balance of sugar, acid, and when you have great vintages like what we have this year, uh you get wonderful flavor development in the fruit as well,” Kiley says.
It’s been an early season for many Oregon vineyards, making for some of the highest quality vintage wines.
“A lot of people have already started picking and I would say average wise the harvest is probably 2 weeks ahead of normal,” Kiley says.
Ledger David’s Vineyard in Talent produces 11 varietals and several different blends. The owners say the wide diversity of the grapes makes things more complicated, but Evans says he is ready to take on the challenge.
“Crossing the Oregon state line it was uh, it was a powerful moment, I’m very excited to be back,” Kiley says.
Evans already contributed to one wine you can try right away here at Ledger David, that’s their 2010 Tempranillo along with their port-style wine.