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Bryn Mawr Vineyards Earns LIVE Certification 

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The winery joins more than 30 others in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA  in achieving this designation 

Amity, OR (January 19, 2021)Bryn Mawr Vineyards is proud to announce LIVE Certification  status for sustainable winegrowing and production. After ten years of responsible farming at their  Eola-Amity Hills estate vineyard, Bryn Mawr has now joined more than 300 LIVE certified  wineries and vineyards in a commitment to a Willamette Valley wide adoption of sustainable  farming practices.  

In 2009, owners Kathy and Jon Lauer purchased the Bryn Mawr Vineyard, a steep 26-acre estate  in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, with the first plantings dating back to 1994. Welsh for “high hill,”  the Bryn Mawr vineyard is nestled atop one of the steepest slopes in the Willamette Valley, amid  a pristine forest of Douglas Firs, and is influenced by strong, maritime winds flowing from the  Pacific Ocean through the Van Duzer Corridor.  

The winery’s efforts over the last ten years have included farming techniques that promote a more  diverse ecosystem. Spearheaded by winemaker Rachel Rose, the team began creating a  considerable conservation area surrounding the property in 2010, an effort that is double the  requirements for LIVE certification. Native wildflowers are also planted throughout the vineyard  to impart nutrients to the soil wherever needed and attract different pollinators for other species on  the property. LIVE certification standards include preservation efforts like these as well as  standards for workplace health and safety, energy efficiency, proper management of resources and  materials and a community-minded approach, all of which Bryn Mawr has worked hard to address. 

“Officially joining this community of sustainable winegrowers is something we’ve worked toward  for ten years and we’re proud to receive this certification,” says Rose, “but sustainability has been  a core philosophy at Bryn Mawr since its inception.” Rose herself graduated from UC Santa Cruz  with a BS in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and has always surrounded herself  by the natural world. Her goal is to create life-giving wines through sound farming. 

“Creating biodiversity in the vineyard redounds to our benefit with wine production, and these  efforts lead to wines of greater tension and complexity,” says Rose.  

In addition to the certification, Bryn Mawr has implemented a number of new sustainable practices  in production for 2021, including extensive packaging changes. These include sourcing  domestically produced glass bottles whenever possible, adorning bottles with wax instead of tin  capsules or screw caps, using more natural paper stock for labels and using beeswax-based  technical corks. 

The Bryn Mawr estate vineyard is one of the rockiest in the Willamette Valley, and by virtue of  its steep elevation, one of the windiest. Thanks to these factors, the vineyard is a very cool site that  is late to ripen compared to other vineyards in the region. Multiple volcanic soil series are striated  throughout the site, including Jory, Ritner, and Nekia soils. 

Rachel Rose has elevated the winery’s production from a modest operation to 6,500 cases, with  approachable and elegant wines that exhibit great complexity. Bryn Mawr produces world-class  Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from its estate vineyard and from neighboring vineyards in the Eola Amity Hills. In addition, Bryn Mawr also makes experimental red wines like Dolcetto and  Tempranillo, aromatic white wines such as Riesling and Pinot Blanc, and has an emerging  sparkling wine program seeded by their first sparkling rosé. 

About Bryn Mawr Vineyards 

Welsh for “high hill,” the Bryn Mawr vineyard is nestled atop one of the steepest slopes in the  Willamette Valley amid a pristine forest of Douglas Firs, and with the influence of strong, maritime  winds flowing in from the Van Duzer Corridor. Owners Kathy and Jon Lauer knew the site had  enormous potential and purchased the Bryn Mawr Estate Vineyard in 2009, hiring winemaker  Rachel Rose shortly thereafter to lead the growth and development of both the vineyard and their  wine program. Under the leadership of Rachel Rose, Bryn Mawr crafts wines of great complexity  and tension including legacy varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as burgeoning  varietals like Tempranillo, Dolcetto and several aromatic white grapes. Bryn Mawr wines are  currently distributed in Oregon, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New  Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit:  https://www.brynmawrvineyards.com/

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