"We are, first and foremost, faithful stewards of the historic Seven Springs vineyard, planted by Oregon wine pioneer Al MacDonald in 1984. On this dramatic east-facing slope, in the iron-rich and rocky, volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills, Al MacDonald undertook what would become one of Oregon’s most recognized vineyards. Nestled against a forest of Douglas fir with views eastward to Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson, it is immediately evident to any visitor why Al chose this site." Rajat Parr, Sashi Moorman, & Ben DiCristina - Evening Land Vineyards
Seven Springs is one of the most iconic vineyards in all of Willamette Valley. Seven Springs’ eastern exposure ensures the vineyard awakens to the warmth of the morning sun. The vineyard’s position opposite the windy Van Duzer Corridor, mitigates hot, sunny afternoons in the Willamette Valley with cool winds from the Pacific. As valley temperatures increase throughout the day, warm air rises, replaced by cooling winds flooding in from the Pacific through the Van Duzer gap and across our vineyard. This daily cooling, along with our eastern aspect, affords the grapes the luxury of extended time on the vine.
Evening Land is a joint venture between celebrity sommelier Rajat Parr, chef-turned-winemaker Sashi Moorman, and winemaker Ben DiCristina (an alumnus of Sine Qua Non and J.K. Carriere). Salem Wine Co. is the second label of Evening Land Vineyards. Salem is sourced predominantly from Block 9 at Seven Springs Vineyard (Eola-Amity Hills AVA) and is made in a restrained, elegant style with native year fermentation and only 8 months in neutral oak puncheons.