Dundee, OR —Duck Pond Cellars, a family-owned winery in Dundee, Oregon, recently released Conservation Cuvée, a limited-edition Pinot Noir whose sale benefits the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Conservation Program.
Crafted using 2012 vintage Pinot Noir grapes from four of the family’s vineyard sites throughout Oregon, the Conservation Cuvée is only available via the winery’s tasting room and online store. For each bottle sold, $5 is donated to the ODFW Conservation Program; to date, Duck Pond has donated $5,580.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with ODFW on this project," said Duck Pond president/co-owner Greg Fries. "As a farming family, we have a unique appreciation for the land. It feels good knowing a wine we crafted will help promote healthy habitats for Oregon wildlife."
“We will use the proceeds from the sale of the Conservation Cuvée for restoration of habitats vital to Oregon’s declining species,” said Andrea Hanson, ODFW Conservation Strategy Coordinator. “The generosity of the Fries family will help make a difference to our native wildlife.”
Duck Pond's Conservation Cuvée features the Western Meadowlark, Oregon’s state bird, on the label. The image is also available as a limited edition art print and on a collector stamp, both of which support Oregon’s fish and wildlife habitats. Visit the Conservation section of ODFW’s website for more information.
About Duck Pond Cellars Established by the Fries (“Frees”) family in 1993, Duck Pond Cellars has built its reputation on crafting quality wines using estate-grown fruit. The family owns a total of 1,024 acres of planted Northwest vineyard land, located throughout four different AVAs.
Duck Pond’s commitment to conservation spans throughout its operations. A water treatment pond at the winery’s Dundee location captures and filters water used to sanitize barrels and tanks through a constructed wetland before it is reintroduced to the estate vineyard. The family’s St. Jory Vineyard in Salem features restored wetland habitats home to rainbow trout and a variety of migratory birds, including ducks and geese.
For more information about Duck Pond’s conservation efforts and partnerships, visitwww.duckpondcellars.com/conservation.