Our winery is located in a beautiful area of Central Oregon at 15523 SW Hwy 97, Culver, Oregon. Couched between the beautiful rock formations of Smith Rock and seven peaks of the majestic Cascade Mountains, our visitors relax on our patio and lawn and soak up our views. Established in 1999, Maragas Winery is the founding winery and vineyard of Central Oregon.
The microclimate at our Vineyard is suitable for several different European varietals. The first block planted of our Estate vineyard, Sam’s block, named after the daughter of the founders Doug and Gina Maragas ,was an experimental block. It’s been producing the grapes for two Maragas wines for several years now – Blanco, a dry white blend, and Tootsie, a spicty desert wine.
In Sam’s block, we tested over 40 varietals to determine what vines to grow and how to grow them in our unique terroir. As a result, there are 35 different types of vines currently growing in Maragas vineyards. Most of the different varietals are still found within within Sam’s block.
Along with Sam’s block, six additional blocks of our estate vineyard are planted in multiple clones of Vitis vinifera (fine European wine grapes). They include cabernet franc, termpranillo, syrah, sauvignon blanc, and multiple clones of pinot, and chardonnay.
Additionally, Maragas operates their second vineyard at Roberts Ranch, just 25 miles north of their estate vineyard. Planted here are zinfandel, merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.
Our volcanic soils, abundant sun, dry sumers and excellent water drainage allow our vines to thrive. Our job is to keep the soil in a balanced and healthy state by farming organically and sustainably. We control predators with farm dogs and we are developing a method of controlling insects with chickens (both of which are why we don’t allow visitors to have pets at our winery).
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Our mission is to make old world hand crafted barrel aged wine that is unique to our style and exemplifying complex flavor. Much of our wine making techniques were handed down generation to generation in the Maragas family. Anna Maragas, the mentor of Doug Maragas – founder of this winery – coached Doug on old world winemaking techinques starting when Doug was a child. Anna founded the first Maragas wine and grape brokering business in 1941. And, Anna learned her techniques and understanding of the wine and viticultural industry via her parents and so on, in Crete, Greece, where the family vineyard still exists.
ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE
Along with our old world techniques, we’re very conscience of preserving the new world. We focus on farming organically and being as environmentally friendly as possible. You may notice that we don’t use capsules over the necks of our bottles. We do this because capsules have no preservation uses for wine and are not recyclable. Next, we use sustainably farmed natural cork. Globally, cork tree groves are currently doing well. And, you may not know that cork trees are not cut down to harvest cork, the tree continues to grow to produce more cork. Finally, we have a solar array that powers a substantial part of our operation here at Maragas Winery. In all, we strive to play our part in keeping our winemaking environment sustainable for generations to come.
We invite you to join us in our love for grape and wine.
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