Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Maragas Winery in Culver, Oregon (near Bend) and found a very good Chardonnay there. We toured the vineyard and barrel room.
Bend is in the high desert and there is a very short growing season so it is usual to see very many vineyards in the area. But, at Maragas, they were having great success using old world techniques learned from the owner's family in Crete, Greece with some local ingenuity thrown in for good measure.
The volcanic soils rich with minerals allow for excellent water drainage so the vines thrive. The owners' use of porous tarps and rocks warms the earth to give the vines a head start each season.
|They vineyard showing the use of tarp and rocks,|
which the owners dug from the surrounding property.
We enjoyed a flight of their wines in the tasting room filled with art by Doug Maragas' mother. As we tasted I kept coming back to the first wine, the Chardonnay, as my favorite. The 2012 Chardonnay, with grapes sourced in Oregon's Applegate Valley, was crisp and well-balanaced. I really liked it!
|Doug Maragas pouring my favorite Chardonnay|
Note: The winery is holding an Open House on this Memorial Weekend - Friday and Saturday 11am to 6pm, Monday 11am to 4pm. More details by clicking Here
Maragas Winery, 15523 SW Hwy 97, Culver, OR 97734 (easy to find)
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Photography copyright: Elizabeth Rose Photography