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Regenerative Farming at Analemma Winery

Regenerative Farming at Analemma Winery

Fall is a time for celebration in the wine country. It’s nature’s way of saying that the grapes are ready to pick. One of my favorite hidden wineries is Analemma, owned and operated by Kris Fade and Steven Thompson. Located in Mosier, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge, it sits on 12 acres in the oldest Vineyard in the Pacific Northwest, one-hour drive from Portland. What makes this place special is not only the golden yellow of the trees, and exceptional views, but the farming practices which are regenerative....

In July of this year, I spoke with Kris at the winery. She was proud to tell me that at Analemma, which stems from a Greek word meaning “support”, we are “highly motivated by our values and activities that support a better version of our community and world”. Then, she surprised me with an email referencing Clair Brown’s recent book, Buddhist Economics, calling for economic systems based on environmental stewardship, shared prosperity, and care for the human spirit. “Though I had not heard the term “compassionate economy” before reading your site, she wrote, Claire Brown’s book came to mind; it seems that similar values guide our reason to be.”

What makes this place special is not only the golden yellow of the trees, and exceptional views, but the farming practices which are regenerative. Regenerative means organic farming meets ecology: pesticides, and artificial fertilizers are rejected with an aim to improving topsoil and biodiversity. As an outcome of these practices, water cycles and soil fertility are improved as well as natural life.

Since the late 1960’s, their Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer vines have been growing with tender loving care. It is wonderful that you can have stewards of the Earth like Kris and Seven, an enhanced ecosystem and delicious wine. If you get the slightest chance, you’d do well to visit, wine taste and enjoy a picnic in the open air—and make sure to tell Kris and Steven hello from ziggie!