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Hyland Vineyard

First planted in 1971, this vineyard is deeply rooted in Oregon wine history.

Distinct terroir with class and sophistication. 

Hyland vineyard has been a part of the Willamette Valley since 1971. You can’t talk about the origins of Oregon winemaking without mentioning the gentle giant overlooking the Van Duzer corridor. Untouched, unmoved and self-rooted, Hyland’s gnarly 46-year old vines remain entrenched in red volcanic Jory soil. They’ve been there since the beginning, watching as new neighbors have moved in and planted their own vineyards.

Hyland is co-owned and farmed by the winemaker and owner of Kudos Wines, Laurent Montalieu. Laurent practices a “land not hand” philosophy. For a vineyard to truly speak, it must be left wild and untamed. Laurent wants to bring you to a specific row amidst hundreds. He wants you to taste a block, the elevation, the growing season and the individual expression of every vine. Quiet and self-sufficient, the vines produce a textually mature, high-concentrated juice that comes with decades of establishing oneself firmly into the land.

The element of surprise in a first sip. Autonomy in a bottle. Each wine made off Hyland vineyard tells its own story. Sometimes its shy. Sometimes its boisterous. Every bottle produced is a story told by its biographer, a proud winemaker who knows just how good he has it.

“We have always believed in making wines that reflect the ground in which they’re rooted. With its self-rooted, unique varietals this historic vineyard offers the ultimate expression of terroir.”

-Laurent Montalieu | Owner & Vigneron

Kudos Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir

93 Points | James Suckling Oregon Wine Report

“SThere’s impressively deep and ripe, typically pinot, cherries here with admirable concentration on the palate, as well as a smooth, velvety tannin texture. Long and suave. This is really delicious pinot noir. Drink or hold.”

A collection of over a dozen distinct blocks ranging from 350 to 750 elevation go into this elegant bottling of Pinot Noir. All fruit hails from the legendary Hyland Vineyard in the McMinnville Foothills of Oregon, aided by long, dry summer days in the sun and breezy coastal nights where temperatures can drop as much as 40 degrees from dusk to midnight.

This vineyard is one of the oldest in the valley, with the original plantings dating back to 1971. We use a number of different clones to make our Kudos Hyland Pinot, an intertwinement of Pommard, Wadenswil clones bringing the floral, brambly red fruits with a handful of Dijon clones providing the backbone. At under $30, it’s impossible to do better for the price coming off this historic vineyard, or maybe anywhere else in the AVA.

Our Winemaking with Hyland Vineyard

The ultimate goal in our winemaking is to get out of the way of our vineyards and the fruit that they produce. This means to trust the work that we put into the vineyard during the growing season. In the winery, we treat each vineyard and block differently. We want to build depth and breath while still representing the terroir of our vineyards.  

We’re working off a wide range of soils (basalt, sedimentary, alluvial), elevations ranging from sea level all the way up to 750 ft above and vineyard sites across the valley. We age our wine in dozens of barrels, mixing Stainless steel with New French Oak, Neutral barrels, and everything in between.

We’ve got a dozen different Heritage and Dijon clones to choose from, a mixture of whole cluster and machine-picked fruit, and four talented winemakers that bring a plethora of knowledge and unique experience into their work daily. The combination? Brilliance, in a sleek, fun package sold to you at an incredible value. But in a sea of choices, with each and every bottle designed with sexy color combinations, different fonts and clever, beckoning names, you reached out and grabbed this particular one. Kudos to you.

Hyland Vineyard | L.I.V.E. Certified Grapes

L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) is an internationally-accredited third-party certification and education organization. 

Their certification promotes biodiversity of the vineyard ecosystem. A balanced and diverse vineyard not only is a great place to work and is better for the world as a whole, but it grows some amazing wine.