Red Lily Vineyards quest to create the perfect Oregon Tempranillo
written by Carrie Wynkoop of Cellar 503
For Rachael Martin, winemaker and co-owner of Red Lily Vineyards, winemaking is truly a family affair. Rachael’s husband, Les, worked in the hospitality industry for years, and on their frequent travels to Europe they fell in love with Spanish Tempranillo.
When they found the future home of Red Lily just outside of Jacksonville, they knew what would come next. In 2004, they planted their first Tempranillo grapes, and shortly thereafter Rachael, Les and their two kids moved to the small town.
Growing the Tempranillo
Red Lily Vineyards—named for the rare red flower found in the neighboring Siskiyou Mountains—opened in 2011 and focuses on the Tempranillo grape, which grows beautifully in Southern Oregon. Their wines reflect their passion for Tempranillo as well as their passion for family. They’ve named wines after their children including Life of Riley, a Tempranillo blend named for their son Riley; and Lily Girl, a Tempranillo rosé, named for their daughter Lily. In the last few years they’ve expanded their lineup to include other Spanish varietals, including the unusual Verdejo grape, which they believe is “summer in a bottle.”
On the bank of Applegate Creek, visitors can taste in the beautifully designed tasting room or wandering along the creek. In summer, Red Lily features a weekly outdoor concert series.
The 1859 Wine Club is excited to feature Red Lily Vineyards’ 2015 Stargazer Lily Verdejo in September. This is a beautiful Oregon Tempranillo.