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SOMETIMES, THE STARS DO ALIGN.

Open Claim lies just southeast of Dallas, Oregon, the Polk County seat. Ours is a unique 35 acres. We are nestled at the base of Mt. Pisgah, formed from submarine volcanoes that existed 50 million years ago. The parent rock is the oldest in the area. And the compact acreage encompassing our vineyard is the sole place where the prevailing marine silt-clay loam layer sits atop this Paleocene rock, giving the grapes access to a unique complex of minerals. This distinction is not lost on the grapes, or wine.  

Mt. Pisgah endows in other ways. We are buffered from the winds that funnel through the Van Duzer Corridor into the valley. And, at our elevation, we hover above the frost danger that can occur as the colder, damp air drains down. The land tilts at a perfect 4-degree south-facing slope to the sun. Morning fog provides whatever moisture winter rains forget. Vine rows are strategically laid out in ten individual blocks in this ideal microclimate. Our vineyard is distinguished by an amphitheater of ancient oaks. They’ve stood witness to countless passages–of seasons, of nurture–joining with the altitude to buffer the slope from frost.

 

 
 OCV VINEYARD MANAGER ALEX CABRERA

OCV VINEYARD MANAGER ALEX CABRERA

 

ALEX CABRERA, VINEYARD MANAGER, RESULTS PARTNERS

Alex hails from the South Willamette Valley, but his viticulture journey began in Peru, where he tended the pergola-trellised grapevines of his extended family’s brandy business. Fueled by the experience, he went on to Oregon State, graduating from the viticulture and enology program. 

Soon after, he became Vineyard Manager at Abacela, a Roseburg, Oregon based premier producer of New World Tempranillo. Abacela proved to be an ideal education for what was to come: a complex estate landscape of varied soil types, numerous warm climate varietals and a myriad of topographies.  

Now he brings that ancestral passion and vine-ripened experience back to Oregon’s Pinot Noir epicenter. When not knee deep in soil, Alex enjoys snow sports and travel, especially back to the vibrant food and family culture of Peru.


 
 

Interactive vineyard map

First planted in 2012 at a 470 foot elevation, we cultivate ten grape clones in a very intentional array: 10 blocks on 20.78 acres, vine space 4', row space 6', 1815 vines per acre. We dry farm organically.

 
Open Claim Vineyards Winery map
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    Block One

    Chardonnay

    78 Rows, 2.02 Acres, Clone 95, Rootstock 101-14
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    2

    Block Two

    Chardonnay

    43 Rows, .96 Acres, Clone 76, Rootstock 3309
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    Block Three

    Pinot Noir

    37 Rows, 1.99 Acres, Clone LaTache, Rootstock RG
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    4

    Block Four

    Pinot Noir

    59 Rows, 2.49 Acres, Clone Coury, Rootstock 3309
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    5

    Block Five

    Pinot Noir

    51 Rows, 2.11 Acres, Clone Wadenswil, Rootstock 3309
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    6

    Block Six

    Pinot Noir

    51 Rows, 2.06 Acres, Clone 943, Rootstock 44-53
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    Block Seven

    Pinot Noir

    45 Rows, 1.98 Acres, Clone 777, Rootstock 101-14
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    8

    Block Eight

    Pinot Noir

    52 Rows, 2.49 Acres, Clone 115, Rootstock 101-14
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    Block Nine

    Pinot Noir

    41 Rows, 1.99 Acres, Clone Pommard, Rootstock 3309
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    Block Ten

    Pinot Noir

    55 Rows, 2.69 Acres, Clone 667, Rootstock RG