Birdseye Ranch

The rumors are true…Del Rio has some new dirt!

For those of you who haven’t heard, we have purchased the historic Birdseye Ranch, located just a few miles away from our current estate. It’s a beautiful location, and has a rich history in Southern Oregon, much like our original vineyard! Del Rio is ecstatic to be a part of the ever growing wine world in the Rogue Valley, and this ranch is the next step in the right direction.

Understandably, we have been getting a lot of questions about the new property! Here are some of the most common questions and their answers:

Will you be tearing down the old house on the property?

No way! For those of you who don’t know, there is a historic cabinĀ on the Birdseye Ranch that was built in 1856–just about 10 years before the stage coast stop that is now our tasting room was built. We would never destroy such a beautiful and historic home! We will restore it in the future, but right now our priority is getting the property prepared for the vines.

Are you opening a tasting room on the property? Building another winery?

Nope! As of now, the ranch will be the home to grapes, and grapes only.

How many acres are you planting and what?

We will plant about 165 acres, all Pinot Noir!

Will these grapes go into Del Rio/Rock Point wines?

As of now, no! This acreage will be sold to other wineries. In fact, that is what Del Rio Vineyards did exclusively at the very beginning, and we have always sold grapes to other wineries throughout our history.

How will you water the vines?

Just like our current vineyard, we have water rights to irrigate from the Rogue River.

If you have any additional questions about the new property, please let us know! We are happy to keep everyone included in this exciting new step. Give us a call at 541-855-2062 or email [email protected]

Cheers to Southern Oregon!

 

 

5 Comments
  • Eric Jaderborg
    Posted at 00:34h, 07 June Reply

    Absolutely thrilled that Del Rio is healthy and growing, and that you’re gonna make more of that superb Pinot Noir! Greetings to all my friends there! I never forget you.

  • Jeff Sedey
    Posted at 21:43h, 27 September Reply

    As one of your Birdseye neighbors I’ve noticed the grounds around the house and the ranch have gone through a lot of changes. It’s been fun to watch the progress. Can you update us on the new vineyard (when do you plant??) and the road ahead for restoring and any other plans for the house? Thanks.

    • Jolee Wallace
      Posted at 17:56h, 30 September Reply

      The new vineyards will be planted to Pinot noir – February 2017. Almost everything is done besides that. The first harvest will be the fall of 2018. As far as the house, we don’t have any plans for it right now. The first thing it will need is a new roof.

  • Susan & Chuck Juggert
    Posted at 21:46h, 11 October Reply

    We are so thrilled for you and enjoy watching the progress you’ve made. We know it will be a huge success and wish you all the very best on the Del Rio sister vineyard

    • Mary Beth Leavens
      Posted at 21:52h, 11 October Reply

      We are so happy to hear that you enjoy watching our new adventure unfold. We are very excited!

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