Evergreen Vineyards first started planting and purchasing vineyards in 1989, due to Evergreen’s founder’s passion for agriculture and particularly fine wine. Delford Smith the ultimate entrepreneur started the company in 1960 with 2 helicopters and a company motto, “Quality without Compromise”. His vision has led to one of the largest agro businesses in Oregon with 7,500 acres and an aviation company that operates 10 different divisions in 170 countries around the globe.
All of the vineyards are based in the heart of Oregon’s premium wine producing area – the Willamette Valley. The Willamette Valley is 150 miles long and up to 60 miles wide making it Oregon's largest AVA. It runs near Portland, south to Eugene, Oregon. To the east is the Coastal Range and to the west the Cascades Mountains, produce a wonderful micro-climate perfect for producing world class wines. Named for the river that flows through it, the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Oregon.
Evergreen is committed to sustainable vineyard practices, and producing the highest quality grapes possible. Evergreen works to ensure a quality harvest with reliance on natural occurring fertilizers, eliminating the use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment. “Quality without Compromise” also applies to the quality of life for the employees who work in the vineyards.
Laurent Montalieu the winemaker at Evergreen; began his career in the south of France working summers in his grandfathers vineyards as a teenager. Falling in love with wine making Laurent attended the Institute of Oenology of Bordeaux and upon his graduation in 1987 he worked for Chateau La Tour Blanche near Sauternes, France and Domaine Mumm in California before moving to Oregon. His style is influenced by his Bordeaux roots, and the Evergreen wines are very classic, all retaining excellent acidity that feels very French!
Laurent also plays a very active role at every stage of the wines production, working closely with the vineyard manager, and vinifying each vineyard separately in small steel tanks allowing him to intelligently blend across vineyards to create complex single varietal wines. Of course for the Pinot Noir he uses only French Oak barrels.