Evesham Wood was founded by Russ and Mary Raney in 1986 in the Eola Amity AVA of the Willamette Valley, and the first wines were sourced from now-famous Temperance Hill and Seven Springs vineyards. Russ planted the first vines on his estate property in 1989, and named the vineyard “Le Puits Sec”, or the “Dry Well”. Over the years, Russ made wine from both his estate vineyard, as the vines came into production, and from other vineyards, mostly from the Eola Hills.
Russ established himself as one of the leaders of natural wine movement in Oregon, being the co-founder (along with John Paul at Cameron) of the Deep Roots Coalition that beats the dry-farming drum. He always made wine very naturally and was an early adopter of organic certification (for the Le Puits Sec Vineyard).
Russ was able to isolate a yeast from a vineyard owned by Henri Jayer in Burgundy, and that yeast is kept in a lab in California for him. Each year, some of the yeast is sent to the winery and used to inoculate the Pinot Noirs. The yeast links all the Evesham Wood Pinot Noirs together in a small way, even though there are many bottlings from many different sources.
In 2010, Erin Nuccio purchased Evesham Wood from Russ and Mary. The Raneys had purchased property in southern France and yearned to spend more time there. A long-time friend of the Raneys, Erin had worked under Russ and had even created his own brand, Haden Fig, with its own vineyard sources and personality. Now, Erin makes both the Evesham Wood and the Haden Fig wines. We are honored to represent Erin’s wines and we buy absolutely everything offered to us!