ABOUT UPPER FIVE VINEYARD
Upper Five Vineyard is situated at 1920 feet outside of Talent, Oregon in the Rogue Valley AVA. Terry Sullivan and Molly Morison planted sauvignon blanc, tempranillo, and syrah grapes on the “upper five” acres of the historic Bagley pear orchard in 2003, and in 2006 added grenache. Upper Five was the first vineyard in Southern Oregon to receive Organic certification in 2005. Upper Five became a Demeter certified Biodynamic® farm in 2018 . The site elevation and northerly aspect allows for good acid retention and distinctive complexity in our grapes. We believe our hands-on Biodynamic® farming practices and hands- off natural wine making philosophy produces vibrant, intriguing wines that honestly tell the story of a place and time.
All of our wines are fermented with native yeast and are allowed to show the character of the vintage, site, and intention of the winegrower. Red wines see minimal, if any, ‘new’ oak barrels but do spend time in ‘neutral’ oak to allow the wines to soften and mature. We have added clay amphora aged wines to further allow the site and fruit be expressed in the wines...We want the wine to be about the fruit, not about the 'toast' or 'forest', it's about the land, good or bad. We strive for balanced and food-friendly wines, varietally correct and precise, but not overpowering no matter the grape. One of our core beliefs is that food and wine belong together.