About Wine Fauve in Amity, Oregon
Wine Fauve is a Yamhill County vineyard and winery that is known for producing a wide variety of unique wines. Along with the famed Pinot Noir that is famous throughout the Willamette Valley, Wine Fauve also produces delicious varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Touriga, and Marechal Foch, among other fine red wines. Gewurtztraminer and Riesling are among the popular white wines, and the Sambuco speaks for itself. We rightfully boast that we have something for everybody's palate.
Established by Owner, farmer and winemaker William "Mikey" Jones in 1983, Wine Favue continues to be a favorite choice for winelovers. Despite not having our own tasting room we still sell our wines through self-distribution, and at special events and wine festivals.
What Makes Wine Fauve Different?
We use the oldest of technologies when we press our grapes. We use a one ton Zambelli Press that uses 19th century technology, and is powered by the human bicep.
In the many years that we have made wine we have used many different kinds of presses. These presses chew the grapes up as they turn and churn. For example, the Horizontal Basket Press rotates the basket in order to tighten the screw. The screw moves in and out, breaking up the pressed grapes (the "cake") as it presses harder each time it moves in and out. Increasing the pressure as fruit is rotated in the press is also the main actions of Bladder and Membrane Presses.
At one point we were very confident that Membrane Presses might be different and more gentile, until we realized that the increased yield from Membrane Presses was chewed up sins and pulp. Using our current Press, the main energy we expend are the things we do to be patient as the juice slowly squeezes out during the one time we apply pressure to the pomace. The fact that we do not remove the stems from either unfermented white grapes, or slowly fermented red grapes, allows the juice to flow without breaking the cake up over and over again. The juice of the white wines is clear, and without pulp, going into fermenters with this press.
Along with our unique Press method, we do not de-stem, nor do we punch down or pump over.
We Don't Put Capsules On Our Bottles
A capsule is the wrapping that covers the cork and neck of a wine bottle. Historically, the favored material for capsules has been lead, but concerns over lead's safety are the basis for its replacement. Current capsule alternatives are plastic, tin, aluminum, and laminates.
We want our customers to see our cork. We buy very high quality corks from Portugal. We do not use plastic corks or screw top caps. Whether it's sparkling or still wine, taking the capsule off to find that it has a plastic cork is disappointing. But even more disappointing is to find in your cellar the disaster under the capsule. Eliminating the traditional capsule, we now aim to use a natural-paper and beeswax cap that's attached directly to the cork.
We want people to keep some of our wines for at least a decade. There is no disappointment like storing a wine for 3 decades, and then taking the capsule off to find that the bottle has recently started leaking, ruining the wine. The image to the right is an example of why when you cellar your wine, and lay it down, you should take the capsule off.
"Since 1987 I have been making wines from grapes grown in my Amity Hills Vineyard, planted in 1974. My goal has always been to produce high quality, affordable wines."
We are not rich, we are not French, but we do believe that making wine is art. And as the fauvists painted, we make our wines without attention to borders or the constraints of convention.
Each wine is premeditated as an orgy of the pure flavors of the grape, without homage to tradition. We also believe that the canvas for this art is the vineyard.