Our Winemaking Philosophy

Winemaking: moving heavy barrels with the tractor.Forgotten Hill Wine Co.’s winemaking philosophy is a fusion of technology and artistry, science and intuition. While we certainly enjoy all the technological advances that benefit winemaking today, we subscribe to a less-is-more attitude. We choose quality over quantity, preferring well-tended vines with lower grape yields for riper, more concentrated fruit that expresses terroir, origin, and varietal character. We prefer a minimum of wine movement and racking, to avoid roughing up tender young wines. We hand-craft the wines, and ours is an approach of meticulous minimalism. We exercise simplicity and restraint in our winemaking. Devoted attention and craftsmanship are required when transforming the grapes from the vineyard to their ultimate expression, as a premium wine, taking pride of place on the dinner table.

Our approach is to create terroir-driven, small batch wines of exceptional balance, power and intensity. We ferment wines from separate plots in separate lots to maintain terroir distinctions and to create the most character for our wines. Our reds are aged exclusively in French oak barrels, emphasizing the use of older barrels, in order to preserve the fresh fruit character of the wine. As we are a family owned and operated winery, we enjoy the freedom to embrace experimentation and innovation in our winemaking.

Winemaking: the winemaker's stained hands after crush.

Wine-stained hands mean you’re doing it right!

Every vintage has a distinct story to tell, and it is our responsibility to help usher that story into being. While consistency in profile and quality is important, premium wines should demonstrate a certain amount of vintage variation. Some variation is both natural and interesting, and while our wines will be true to varietal character, they will also acknowledge and bring forward the multifarious influences of the soil, the site, the cropping, the year, etc. We will never sacrifice the true expression of a vintage for the sake of rigid sameness and false consistency. Those slight year-on-year variations are the most poignant realities of grape growing and winemaking, and they should be celebrated and nurtured to their utmost potential.