Seduced by the heartbreak grape, Thistle went a bit overboard and set out on a quest that ultimately ended on a beautiful hillside in Dundee, Oregon. They planted their first vines in the rich, red volcanic soil and then nurtured them through their formative years. After a few trials and a tribulation or two, the vines began to reach maturity and provided them with the grapes to make their first wines in 2003. The grapes are grown using organic methods and minimally handled in the cellar to capture the essence of the vineyard in the wine.
Although their particular madness is Pinot Noir, Thistle also make small lots of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc to keep life ever more interesting. Future production will be kept intentionally small so that they can dedicate their time and attention to growing grapes, making wine and enjoying life rather than managing employees.