Richard Boyles and Pamela Frye planted Chalice Vineyard at Iris Hill from 1996 to 1998 on what would become their family’s estate. Located in the Lorane Valley, 20 minutes southwest of Eugene, OR, the vineyard is ideally situated in the cool climate of the Oregon Coastal Range foothills, allowing the grapes to mature slowly while maintaining the proper acid balance that is essential for producing the finest Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. In 2004, Arpad Walker took over management of the vineyard and oversaw its expansion over the last decade. In addition to our own vineyard, we have entered into long term relationships with some of Oregon’s finest growers allowing us to increase production, the number of varietals, and meet the growing demand for our wines.
The first vintage under the Iris label was produced in 2001. After several vintages and varietals received 90+ points from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and others, we opened our own winery in Cottage Grove, OR. Aaron Lieberman joined Iris for vintage 2008, the first to be produced in this new facility.
The newest addition to Iris is the opening of our estate tasting room located at Chalice Vineyard. With the vineyard expansion, additional capacity added by the winery, and newly opened tasting room, Iris Vineyards will continue to expand distribution into several states and increase production to meet the ever growing demand for our award winning wines.
Oregonians have historically been an industrious, independent people who take great pride in their pioneer history and revere their natural heritage. They have typically been people of honesty, and sincerity, with little tolerance for pretense and superficiality. At Iris Vineyards we incorporated this “Oregon Attitude” into our vineyard management, winemaking and every aspect of our business.
We work hard at making the best possible wines from the grapes we grow in our own vineyard and those we purchase from others. We strive to make wines that are honest, distinctive representations of the fruit from which they come. We have great respect for our natural heritage and are careful stewards of our land and protectors of our natural environment. We believe that great wines require the hands-on effort of a talented winemaker who has an intimate understanding of the vineyards from which the wine grapes originate and each lot of wine in the cellar. The proof is in the bottle.