Alexana Winery was born of Dr. Madaiah Revana’s love of the great wines of Burgundy. In the spring of 2005, Dr. Revana began a search for both the ideal region and an experienced winemaker with the goal of producing Pinot Noirs that could rival those from Burgundy. His search ended in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Alexana is named after Dr. Revana’s daughter, Alexandra.
Dr. Revana acquired an 80-acre property located in the Red Hills American Viticultural Area. Known for its distinct geography, climate and soil diversity, Dundee Hills is the most widely recognized premium Pinot Noir producing region in Oregon. Alexana wines are a reflection of Oregon’s cool grape-growing climate and have become known for their elegance, balance and character.
|APPELLATION(S)||Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley|
|PROPRIETORS||Dr. Madaiah Revana|
|WINEMAKER||Bryan Weil, Head Winemaker|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
The Alexana Estate is a geologically diverse 80-acre parcel consisting of 18 dierent soil types that are within one single area. Located between 320-650 feet elevation in the pristine Dundee Hills AVA where sustainable farming methods are used to cultivate premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling & Pinot Gris.
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18 different soil types on different microblocks:
Goodin - Moderately deep, well drained soil make up of weathered sedimentary rock and a “clayey” subsoil.
Willakenzie – Moderately deep, well drained soil made up of weathered sedimentary rock similar to Goodin.
Jory – Very deep, well-drained soil from weathered basalt and alluvial sedimentary and bedrock.
Bellpine – Reddish, clayey, well drained soils that formed over sedimentary rocks. Reddish color comes from oxidized iron. Subsoil rich in clay. Moderate vine vigor.
Ritner – Stony soils that are moderately deep to a hard basalt. requires rock removal.
Melbourne – Very deep well drained soils from weathered sedimentary bedrock. Similar to Jory soils but may have higher natural fertility than Jory.
Gelderman – Moderately deep, weathered Columbia river basalt. Very deep rooting. Medium vine vigor.
Carlton – Moderately well drained soils with mixed alluvial and colluvium. On terraces and footslopes and sloping. More acidic soil Vigor is medium to high.
Steiwer – Moderately deep, well drained soils from alluvial sedimentary rocks – brownish gray to yellowish brown. Subsoil is clay loam.
Chehulpum – Shallow, well drained soils from weathered sedimentary bedrock. Located on low hills. Very similar to Steiwer and Hazelair – low vigor.
Hazelaier – Moderate to somewhat poorly drained soil silty clay loam over clay soils - yellowish brown to olive yellow with gray.
Witzel – shallow to hard basalt. well drained and rocky.
Yamhill – Well drained with thick surface layers and moderately deep. Similar to Gelderman and Nekia.
Wellsdale – Deep to very deep, moderately well drained soils from weathered sedimentary rock. Low foothills and some ridge tops. Moderately high water holding capacity. Loamy subsoil. Vigor is moderate to moderately high. Artificial drainage.
Helmick – Similar to Hazelair except deeper.
Dupee – Moderately well drained, deep with clayey subsoil. When artificially drained they are similar to Goodin soil.
Sitton – Well drained loamy soils that are deep weathered sedimentary rocks. Similar to Willakenzie but more vigor.
Panther - Deep, poorly drained soils formed in weathered sedimentary rock. In swales and concave slopes. These soils are not planted.
Originally interested in the culinary arts, Bryan began his career at culinary school in Albany, Oregon where he was encouraged to take a wine and food-pairing course during his studies. It was here that his passion for wine first took hold. At the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Bryan became the wine steward and his appreciation and love for Oregon Pinot Noir flourished.
Through his restaurant connections, Bryan began working part time at Domaine Serene. With encouragement from the winemaking staff he decided to go back to Oregon State University, and in 2008 he graduated with a degree in Enology and Viticulture. Shortly after graduation, Bryan accepted a position as Assistant Winemaker at The Hogue Cellars.
In 2012 Bryan joined Alexana Winery and oversees the production of Alexana’s distinctive wines that speak to the diverse, premium quality of the Revana Vineyard.