Plai­sance Ranch

A gem to dis­cover nes­tled in the Ap­ple­gate Val­ley

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Plai­sance Ranch is a fam­ily op­er­ated es­tate ex­tended across 210 acres. It is lo­cated in the heart of the Wil­liams Val­ley, in the shadow of Grey­back Moun­tain. Plai­sance Ranch was cre­ated in 1898 as a beef ranch by Joseph Ginet, a french im­mi­grant. He came from the Saint Jean-de-la-Porte (Savoie, France) where his fam­ily al­ready made wines for cen­turies.

In 1890, af­ter be­ing dis­charged from the French Army he left France with the wish to see the world.A few years lat­ter he set­tled in Ore­gon where he cre­ated a farm. In 1904 he re­turned to Savoie in or­der to bring back to Ore­gon some grape cut­tings with the wish to cre­ate a vine­yard. Plai­sance Ranch Win­ery, in is present form, was cre­ated in 2000 by Joe Ginet. How­ever it’s been a com­mer­cial win­ery since 2006. Nev­er­the­less Joe didn’t for­get to per­pet­u­ate the fam­i­lies other tra­di­tion, I mean the beef farm­ing. « We raise USDA Cer­ti­fied Or­ganic grass­fed beef cat­tle. We don’t give any hor­mones or an­tibi­otics to our cat­tle ! They only eat nat­u­ral and healthy food.We want to of­fer to our cus­tomer a safe, healthy and de­li­cious grass fed beef. »

Cur­rently Plai­sance Ranch Win­ery pro­duce 18 dif­fer­ents cu­vées (24.000 bot­tles).They are mainly made with Mer­lot, Mourve­dre, Syrah, Caber­net Franc, Mal­bec, Mon­deuse, Car­ménère, and Tem­pranillo.

Where does the name come from ?

When my grand­fa­ther came to Jack­sonville Or. in 1898, from Savoie, he bought 500 acres and called it Plai­sance Or­chards. He raised plums, apri­cots, and of course grapes for wine. »

Why do you pro­duce wine ?

I like wine, I am pas­sion­ate about wine. I en­joy mak­ing wine but also dis­cov­er­ing winer­ies, ap­pel­la­tions and wines when I’m trav­el­ling. I re­ally en­joy Ban­dol, Mon­deuse from Savoie, Bour­gogne wines, the Syrah from North­ern Rhône and the right bank of Bordeaux.

I started mak­ing wine in the 90’s. It was im­por­tant to me to make wine, it’s a part of my cul­tural her­itage… It’s the rea­son why I planted Mon­deuse. Why is your ter­roir so spe­cific? What is your sig­na­ture/ print?

I think the soft­ness of ripe tan­nins and the good bal­ance. The ex­po­si­tion of our vine­yard is also very im­por­tant and make the dif­fer­ence be­tween our wines and those of the rest of the val­ley.

In gen­eral I would say that the wines of Plai­sance Ranch Win­ery are all well-built.They are all well bal­anced, with no prob­lem of ma­tu­rity (nei­ther too much or not enough) and har­mo­nious.They of­fer good struc­ture, good round­ness, juici­ness and not an overly big body. Tan­nins are struc­tur­ing, fine, slightly firm and of­fer soft­ness. So, ev­ery­thing in bal­ance and élé­gance. For me it’s one of the best winer­ies of the area. For sure, a gem to dis­cover !

If you have to de­scribe your pas­sion for wine in 3 words? I would say : Bal­ance, pa­tience, va­ri­ety char­ac­ter and fruit. The at­ten­tion to de­tail is also one of my mot­tos !

Do you have a short anec­dote about your win­ery ?

It’s com­pli­cated to an­swer. I re­ally like what I do, to cre­ate wines, rais­ing good beef and wel­com­ing peo­ple to the win­ery to show what our Val­ley can pro­duce. Re­ally it is all about the ex­pe­ri­ence, pleas­ant peo­ple, in­ter­est­ing story, in an in­ter­est­ing set­ting with good wine !

(Thank you to Suzi & Joe Ginet)

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