Proteus Wines is a tiny but purposeful estate creating boutique, lovingly crafted vintages from grapes grown from the rich volcanic soils of Oregon’s Chehalem Mountain range. Small-batch and hand-hewn, our wines are exactly those we enjoy drinking – and sharing with our friends. Which is just how Proteus came to be.
It began with a long-held tradition of harvesting, bottling and imbibing over pot-lucks. The camaraderie of these events spurred us to create wines that could be shared among this close-knit “club” of friends, then more widely offered while always retaining a personal approach. With production limited to only a few hundred cases annually, we’re able to craft our wine our way – a way that’s true to our values. This means a dedication to sustainable, natural and organic farming, meticulous cellaring and thoughtful blending. The result is wines that are both appealing and un-manipulated.
Farming for unreasonably low yields to capture as much grape flavor as possible, Proteus allows native yeasts to ferment spontaneously. We follow natural settling and stabilization regimens and filter wines only lightly when absolutely necessary to burnish brightness and vivacity in the glass.
The vision behind Proteus comes from a retired opera conductor, Peter Jacoby, whose belief in integrative wine production techniques, the delicate dance of farming, harvesting and creating spotless wines, is not unlike the confidence needed to inspire and harmonize an ensemble of musicians.
Why Proteus, the shape-shifting deity of the sea? The idea evokes the alchemy in the transition of grapes to wine, remains adaptable and relevant and challenges us with new ideas in the vineyard and the winery. In short, Proteus represents award-winning wines which first and foremost are about enjoyment alongside great food and great company. It is a promise of high quality and exceptional value without pretense.