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MonksGate Vineyard: Where Dirt Meets Glass

Once upon a time, in another valley far away, Ron & Linda planted 52 Cabernet Sauvignon “hobby” vines alongside their driveway in the east hills of Napa.  It was done as a lark having been given some vines left over from a vineyard planting.  Little did they dream that grape stomping in the basement would lead to the purchase of an old farm in 1998 just outside of a sleepy town called Carlton.  A lot of blood, sweat and tears later, they announced the release of their first vintage – 89 cases of lovingly hand-crafted 2003 Pinot noir wine.   In 2011 daughter Rebecca also discovered the joys of tractor driving and grape wrangling and now, along with her Airedale and resident greeter "Fizzy", have joined the farm taking operations to the next level.
For those of you who have listened to the tales of land clearing woes, shared the euphoria of seeing the first plants go into the ground, patiently listened to us extol the virtues of newly learned vineyard practices and shared progressive vintages with us, we humbly say "Thank You!"  For those of you just joining our venture, Welcome and we hope that you find our Estate wines and the Dirt to Glass experience we are so fortunate to share as exciting as we do.  Cheers!
  --Ron, Linda & Rebecca Moore

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Current Releases

Purely Oregon!  The cooler temps of the 2019 vintage, coupled with the nerve to hang through the early rains of this more "traditional" growing season for Oregon, rewarded us with fruit that yielded great color and flavor concentration while acids remained bright and alcohols low.

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Bigger IS better!

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Ohhh the 2017!  Elegant, layered and showing its forest floor leanings this wine truly shines!

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Fresh!!!!  2018 was an ideal growing season and the 2018 Classic is bright, lively and ready to enjoy now!

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Power & Elegance!  The 2019 vintage was what many would call a more "traditional" vintage for Oregon with cooler temps overall and early rains that caused some angst over gambling on hang-time versus a "safe" pick.  However, farming is always a gamble and so we went for the hang time, especially for our Trinity Pinot noir which is always comprised of fruit picked later in the season for increased color and flavor concentration. 

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Looking for a bigger style wine with darker fruit and elevated structure?  Or soemthing to Wow your dinner guests?  This is the wine for you!

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COVID-19 Update 12/03/20We are Open by appointment Thursday-Sunday, 12-4pm for tastings as well as curbside pick-up.  Outdoor seating, weather permitting, on our barn-side patio or visit our new covered al fresco patio.  Come visit us just East of Carlton in the heart of Oregon Wine Country, we look forward to welcoming you on the vineyard!