Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery is a small family owned business that was established in 1999. We're dedicated to producing quality Oregon wines. Located in Eugene, Oregon in a small wine growing region of the southern Willamette Valley. This area has been blessed with a climate similar to that in France and the volcanic soils of Oregon also contribute a delicacy that enhances our wine flavors.
In 1999 Mark Jurasevich started Noble Estate Vineyard by planting the highest quality Pinot Noir grape plants. Marie and her pruning crews literally work leaf by leaf, cluster by cluster to nurture the grapes with the richest depth of soils and finest exposure to sunshine. Keeping all leaves upright and exposed to sunlight despite wind or rain make the difference. Marie says, "It's all about capturing the sun."
Mark is dedicated to making the very highest quality wine. The grapes are thinned at the rate of 3 tons down to 1.5 per acre. He admits this costs him dearly in terms of gross wine production, but the leaner vineyards ripen more quickly to prevent the October rain from diluting the quality of a vintage and increase the aroma and finesse of the wine.
In addition to the grapes grown at the vineyard, Mark has acreage contacts with selected grape growers. Because we have acreage contracts, we're able to have control over the consistent quality of our grapes. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes come from the Willamette Valley Region and our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the Rogue River Valley Region.
During our winemaking process we are careful not to mix crops from one vineyard with another. Each soil produces grapes with a distinct character and taste. Each wine is labeled with it's appellation such as Willamette Valley or Rogue Valley.
The company continues to grow: We've purchased new bottling equipment to help meet our standards of quality and have expanded our barrel storage room.
The support and responses we've received from the community and visiting guests has been overwhelming. Many have commented on the difference in taste and quality between locally produced, small production wines and other mass produced wines.