The route that leads to the wine business can be as twisting and gnarled as the vines themselves, but as we at Angel Vine have found, the rewards of following a passion for fine wine are worth toasting.
Led by my “first angel,” my wife Laureen, we came to Oregon in 1997 to pursue our shared love of Northwest wines. By 2000, we had found the land where our family would grow our grapes: an old cherry orchard overgrown with Himalayan blackberries that we removed and replanted to Pinot Noir to establish Three Angels Vineyard. Named for my three angels, Laureen and our two daughters, Alex and Morgan, the 5-acre vineyard is located in the windswept Eola-Amity Hills, a region known for producing wines flavored by a strong sense of place.
That sense of place continues to influence my philosophy as a winemaker, especially since I began crafting red Zinfandel—a grape uncommon outside of California—with fruit sourced from the sunbaked slopes of Eastern Washington, where harsh conditions yield Zins with the intense character Angel Vine is known for.
Since 2007, Angel Vine has focused on producing the Pacific Northwest’s very best locally-made, Zinfandel-based wines. Beginning with our first vintage of only 500 cases, Angel Vine has built a repertoire of wines crafted from Eastern Washington’s finest fruit. With production now at about 2,000 cases, our passion is to craft wines that display the unique characteristics the grape acquires when grown in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope and the greater Columbia Valley. At harvest, the grapes are picked early in the morning and immediately brought to Urban Crush, our premier winery and tasting facility in vibrant Southeast Portland, where we handcraft our wines using modern, certified-sustainable viticulture practices combined with traditional winemaking techniques.
Visit us in the tasting room at Urban Crush’s to see why Angel Vine wines continue to earn local, regional and national recognition as outstanding examples of a grape that showcases Pacific Northwest flavors.
Angel Vine is committed to producing wines with character, individuality and spunk. We hope you enjoy our wines and we thank you for your interest and support!
—Ed and his Three Angels