The Understory is a subscription-based community that supports our endeavors at Hiyu. It provides you with monthly wine releases, discounts, and priority admission to Wine Tavern experiences – as well as access to our cellar and other ephemeral, artistic expressions of life on the farm.
As a subscriber to the Understory, you receive a monthly allotment of our wildly different vintages, made from fields of diverse and exotic varieties, grown in the Columbia Gorge’s infinite geographies. You also support our experiments, from forest gardens to animal-tended vines to soil and aquifer restoration. You’re enabling all of the progress and energy these efforts manifest to exist and extend into the world.
Just after the first major rainstorm, harvest begins to feel like harvest and fall really sets in. It is a time of reflection, when walking between the vines in the arcadian morning light stirs memories of the season and activates the imagination. It’s when we begin to envision what the wine wants to be. This is the last time the grapes are on the vine, before they become abstracted from their leaf-and-stem identity and enter the cellar. In these quiet moments, sampling the soft, juicy berries, you begin to conceptualize what the finished wine might be, years in the future.
Stories about life at Hiyu, ideas that inspire us, and deliberations that result from our experiments and observations.