Silas Wines

The Least Efficient Winery in Oregon.

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Our story in a few words...

At Silas, we use old-world methods to make modern wines. Each bottling offers a unique combination of vintage, vineyard, winemaking, and philosophy to create harmony and bring out what makes each wine distinct.

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Located in Amity, OR

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Winemaking by:
Alex Clark

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Our story in a few more words

Silas Wines are crafted by Alex Clark and Tony Markward. Each wine is a product of their distinctive, yet complimentary palates and varied wine experience. We make the wine by hand every year, and spend the non-harvest season evaluating wine in barrels, coming up with potential blends, and trying to stump each other with blind tastings.  

At Silas we follow nature’s guidance throughout the process. It starts in the vineyard the weeks before harvest. We walk the vineyards, taste the fruit (and the stems!), and make decisions about cropping, leaf pulling, and pick dates that result in us receiving the highest quality fruit into the winery on harvest day. Then we give daily attention to our small batch, open top fermenters, both smelling and tasting the must, as well as performing a soft but firm maceration with hands and feet instead of tools. Finally, we age our wines in a combination of new and neutral French oak for anywhere from 10 to 22 months. We only bottle a wine when it tells us it is ready and many of our best wines have been the product of embracing the challenges a vintage gives us, not working against them.  

The key to this process is patience. We often wait years to release a fully evolved wine. And we never rush.

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