On the heels of five successful years in New Zealand and high ratings by Wine Spectator, The Wall Street Journal and many Jewish and non-Jewish wine critics, Philip Jones sought to fill yet another void in the kosher wine marketplace. Together with his wife, Sheryl, and with cooperation from Royal Wine Corporation, the Jones' established Evan's Vineyard and winery, located on Underwood Mountain, in the Columbia Gorge in Washington State.
Unlike the New Zealand, facility the Washington winery will be a dedicated kosher winery. It has a capacity of about 7,000 cases. The plan is to start slowly with the inaugural vintage and produce about 2,500 cases from 2010, with plans to ramp up production as the brand becomes established.
In 2006, Phillip and Sheryl purchased 95 acres on Underwood Mountain, across from Hood River, Oregon and established 25 acres of vineyards and our new winery. Along the river, at 1800 ft., the location was perfect for growing cool climate grapes and very close to some of Washington's best red wine vineyards. Evan's Vineyard, named after their youngest son, was born.
In 2010, about the time they decided to make their first wines, economic conditions were warning them to be prudent. Many new wineries had opened their doors and competition was tough. A partnership.was formed. Evan's Vineyard would produce the wines and Royal would assist with bottling and marketing the wines. They would become the Northwest's first kosher winery and dedicate the entire production to kosher wines. The Pacifica label was born....with the first wines from 2010 to include an Oregon Pinot Noir, Washington Meritage and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Other varieties will follow once the proprietary vineyards are in production.
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