Bob, Irene, and Mary Van Steenberg
We heard about Cherry Grove through a chance conversation with a fellow winemaker. It truly was a case of being in the right place at the right time!
The vines average around thirty years of age, and are nestled in a cool-climate pocket in Gaston, Oregon. Bob has spent the past fifteen years rehabilitating what was once a hobbyist Riesling parcel into one of the best sites for Riesling in the Willamette Valley: the vineyard was LIVE certified in 2007. A slow-ripening, partially shaded portion of the vineyard helps fruit develop ripeness and acidity in tandem. Meticulous care and data collection—skills Bob developed in his former life, working for Intel—are key to this special site, and boy, has it taught us a thing or two about the true nature of Cherry Grove!