Zenith Vineyard farms 83 acres of vines and 85% of our fruit is custom-farmed under long-term contracts for our winery clients
St. Innocent is our partner in the vineyard as a 25% owner of Zenith and also is our partner in the winery. St. Innocent buys Pinot noir from the vineyard and began making Zenith Vineyard designated wine in 2006; St. Innocent made O’Connor Vineyard (the previous name of the vineyard) wines from 1989 – 1998. Mark Vlossak, St. Innocent’s President and winemaker, makes our Zenith Vineyard wines as well. We are Mark’s biggest fans. Some of the most impressive Zenith wines (and biggest scores) have come from St. Innocent. Zenith farms 15.4 acres of Pinot noir for St. Innocent.
We began working with David Adelsheim and Dave Paige in 2005. Adelsheim makes spectacular wines including, since 2008, a Zenith Vineyard Pinot noir that sells for $105 per bottle! David Adelsheim was one of the “first five” pioneers of the Oregon wine industry. It is a source of great pride for Zenith to work with Adelsheim Vineyard and Ponzi Vineyard – two of the first five of the Oregon Pinot noir pioneers. Zenith farms 11 acres for Adelsheim Vineyard and is their largest partner vineyard.
Ponzi was one of the founding families of the Oregon wine industry, and we are thrilled to have them as a partner winery sourcing Pinot noir and Pinot gris. Luisa Ponzi carries on the family tradition of making wines of great finesses. Zenith farms 7.5 acres for Ponzi.
In 2008 we planted two acres of Pinot noir under a ten year contract with Broadley Vineyards. We have since expanded our relationship to 5.6 acres of Pinot noir. We have long been fans of the Broadley wines and appreciate partnering with Morgan, Jessica, Claudia and Craig. They make a spectacular Zenith Vineyard designated Pinot as well.
A new relationship for Zenith in 2015 but we have worked with winemaker Erik Kramer before when he was assistant winemaker at Adelsheim before taking the lead at Domaine Serene. We are very excited to see what Erik will do with Zenith fruit. Zenith farms 2.3 acres for Domaine Serene.
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We are thrilled to be working with Jean-Nicolas Meo, Jay Boberg and Tracy Faulds on this exciting collaboration with one of the great winemakers of Burgundy working with Oregon Pinot noir! We are farming 2.07 acres of Pinot noir for DNJ.
John Grochau has been purchasing Pinot noir from Zenith since 2009 and makes a lovely Zenith Vineyard designated Pinot noir. We farm 2.2 acres of Pinot noir for John.
Is sourcing 1.5 acres of Pinot noir from Zenith. We are big fans of Peter Rosback and are excited to see what he will do with Zenith fruit!
Jim Seufert has an exciting winery in Dayton and is producing lovely Pinot noir from Zenith Vineyard fruit – including a Zenith Vineyard designate. Visit his very cool winery in “downtown” Dayton. We farm 1.1 acres for Jim.
Vincent Fritzsche Makes a wonderful vineyard-designated Zenith Pinot from 0.53 acres of block 6-G.
Sources 0.6 acres of Dijon-clone Chardonnay from Zenith. Very excited to be working with Tom Gerrie on this!
Steven Westby, winemaker at Witness Tree Vineyard, has been making Auxerrois from Zenith Vineyard fruit since 2008. Block 6-D – 0.72 acres is the oldest block of this Alsatian white varietal in Oregon!
Sources 0.8 acres of Pinot blanc from Zenith starting in 2015. We look forward to working with Darcy Pendergrass on this project.