Evensong was conceived in the fall of 1999 when Ed drove from Portland to the Umpqua and sat with Phillipe Girardet for an afternoon in the Girardet tasting room, which was a wooden shed. Later, in 2005, after selling our Portland home, Amy and Ed traveled to Roseburg to volunteer at the Girardet winery for a weekend and stayed at the recently opened cottage at the Delfinos. After spraying each other with water meant to clean the wine press and driving through the beautiful Umpqua, it was quickly decided to look for vineyard-worthy land. In 2008, Ed, Amy and their son Drew, began planting on the 9 acres of steep volcanic soil that was chosen as the very best site for wine grapes on their 40-acre ridgetop homestead. The vineyard was named Evensong, which is an evening worship service consisting primarily of music.
Over the next few years, Ed worked with each vine, with the help of Drew during his summer vacations. Ed also worked with a few local winegrowers in the Umpqua that were willing to mentor him during growing season and harvest. He began making wine for friends and family that year as well. Meanwhile, Amy honed her food-wine pairing skills, kept the books, and helped in the vineyard after Drew left for college.
After determining that our beautiful ridgeline was just a little too remote for regular winery visitors, we acquired a restored vintage home, built in 1928, just a few miles nearer to town. The close proximity of the two properties allows us to continue to tend Evensong's vines, while offering our wines in the heart of the Garden Valley wine tour route. After additional restoration, upcycling, building, re-building, and estate sale-ing, we opened the Moonlite tasting patio to the public on Aug. 1, 2014 with 3 white wines and 2 red wines. Our wines come from our own vineyard as well as other single-vineyard sources that reflect characteristics similar to our own hillside vineyard: sites selected and vines tended using techniques that produce full-bodied, warm wines of character and perseverance.
In the spring of 2015, we changed the name of our winery from Moonlite to Evensong -- same people, same wines, still celebrating what's right about life!