“Fundamentals for Great Wine come from the Vineyard!”
Over 35 years ago, the Gerber family began planting their first vineyard on the terrace of the Siskiyou Mountains. Only 7 miles within the Oregon border, Foris is the southern-most vineyard in the Pacific Northwest. As one of the state’s grape growing pioneers, the Gerber family recognized the potential to grow high quality, premium vinifera grapes in the higher elevations of the region. Foris Vineyards Winery was established in 1986. Surrounded by several pristine wilderness areas, Foris now boasts over 178 acres of estate vineyards, just 25 miles due east of the Pacific Ocean in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley Appellation. Founding owner, Ted Gerber, has been nurturing the land since the early seventies. His commitment as a caretaker of the vineyards since the planting of the first vine to the last, is the hallmark of Foris and the foundation of our commitment to produce distinctive, high quality wines.
“Our goal is to showcase the quality of our grapes and winemaking, while reflecting the soil and climate that is unique to estate vineyards and Southern Oregon.”
FORIS ESTATE VINEYARDS
All estate vineyards are within three miles of each other and the winery.
- Back of the valley at the base of a hill with 100 acres of trees blocking air flow
- A hot-day & cold-night pocket giving extreme day to night fluctuations
- Three feet of soil with clay underneath
- Our best Gewurztraminer vineyard.
Maple Ranch Vineyard – 112 acres, 43 acres planted to grapes
- On the crest between two major stream drainages, on a bench at the back of the valley
- Soil permeability is moderate to 5 feet and rapid below this depth. Red fractured rock, clay loam and gravelly loam surface layers with substratum garvelly, loamy sand. Great drainage that never puddles water.
- We consider this our best vineyard, especially for Pinot Noir due to several factors: Excellent soil, micro location, mix of several good clones
Cedar Ranch Vineyard– 74 acres, 47 planted to grapes
- At the back, upper most part of the valley along Sucker Creek
- We farmed this ranch for the U.S. Marshall 20 years ago after a drug property seizure
- Recently we bought most of the property, and custom farm the other portion
- Three feet of soil with river rock underneath
- With 20 years of growing knowledge, we expect Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir to shine
Holland Vineyard – 12 acres, 8 acres planted to grapes
- Adjacent to the home vineyard yet is distinct from Gerber
- Soil is very productive loam for 18 -24 inches; below that is rock; bolders & river wash that drains the top soil causing light vigor vines for high quality wine.
- Riesling has shown best here in the early years of grape harvest
Three Creeks Vineyard – 250 acres, 55 planted to grapes
- Adjacent to Maple Ranch
- 10 acres of very thin and low vigor soils; 25 acres of clay loam mixed with pebbled size rock that is outstanding for grape growing; 20 acres of 4 feet of clay loam producing great wines for early ripening varieties. i.e. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
- Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir do well
- A five year old planting of Riesling looks very promising