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.
Our wines are exciting for their wild exuberance when they are young, but they will only reveal their full potential to unite disparate time, place, and experience when stored properly for many years — a minimum of five years, but ideally 8 – 15years following vintage — in a dark place between 53 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit and at 80 – 85% humidity.
Wines labeled as Hiyu come from our hillside farm above the cool, swift waters of the Hood River. Each wine is from one of 16 named fields. We give these fields identity by planting them to a mixture of grape varieties inspired by an imagined moment in the history of the vine. Each of these small plots are picked by hand, fermented by wild yeasts, bottled by gravity, and labeled with the name of the field. Collectively these parcels are home to 112 different grapes and organized into four families: Light Phenomena, Birds of Prey, Constellations, and the Hedgerow. Each reflects the specific influence of light, star, creature, and plant on these alpine wines.
Tzum wines come from small, specific fields, situated between the rainforest and the desert, throughout the Gorge. These parcels embody diverse terrains, vantage points, and climates. Whether single variety or field blend, each planting captures the essence and identity of its environment.
Smockshop Band Wines
While wines from Tzum and Hiyu are bottled from small, distinct fields within vineyards, Smockshop Band wines are blends of grapes from different sites and envisioned as accessible introductions to the beauty of the Columbia Gorge beyond Hiyu.