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A Deliberately Moderate Tempo

music and vines

In the classical music lexicon, andanté is synonymous with a moderate tempo, sometimes referred to as “walking” pace. Music is deeply important to us and this word has special meaning in our lives. Like the work in our vineyard and winery, andanté describes a movement within a symphony or concerto where the tempo changes to a calming cadence. This, we have found, is the rhythm of Andanté Vineyard.

Our vines have moderate vigor — a highly desirable trait — thanks to our shallow soils and the cooling winds from the Pacific Ocean. Our balanced wines have moderate alcohol. Our work in the vineyard and winery is done mindfully, carefully, and without rushing, at a moderate tempo.

 
 
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pedaling together
Our trusty tandem has taken us to some beautiful corners of the Pacific Northwest.

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A Labor of Love

farming sustainably together

While we were raised in vastly different environments, Joe in the dry heat of the Nevada desert and Karen in the rainy Willamette Valley, we both grew up with a deep appreciation and respect for Mother Earth. In the late 2000s, established in our careers and living in Salem, we found ourselves yearning for the rural life of our childhoods and dreaming of land that could be passed on to our grandchildren.

Together, we found a perfect hill with stunning views, an oak wood, and a two-acre pond. There was a catch, however: The land’s thin, sedimentary soils wouldn’t allow for any crops to grow — except grapes. And so, with the purchase of this special hill, we restored the land and planted a vineyard, demonstrating our love for the place, each other, and our family by farming the land sustainably and preserving its diverse natural habitat.

 
 
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The Tandem Bike

Early on in our relationship, we took an exciting road trip with our tandem bike. The adventure included remote corners of Oregon, Yosemite National Park, and the Napa Valley. A lot of the trails we explored were unpaved and ill-suited for our trusty tandem, but we learned that if we worked together, we could go almost anywhere.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Stewards of the Land

honoring the great egrets

 

The neighboring wildlife refuge and our own restoration endeavors have happily contributed to the ever-growing population of birds and other wildlife at Andanté Vineyard. We are particularly taken by the great egrets, who fly in from the surrounding area to roost above our pond. These beautiful birds, which were hunted almost to extinction for their white feathers, are so precious to us that we adopted their silhouette for our winery logo. To us, they represent the resilience and majesty of nature and remind us of our duty as stewards of the land.

 
 
 
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Learn more about the     Andanté Vineyard Team  .

Learn more about the Andanté Vineyard Team.

 
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Learn about our     Estate Wines  .

Learn about our Estate Wines.