Local Living : 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery
MEDFORD, Ore. -- On a foggy, cool fall morning on our visit to 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery, you could still see the panoramic view of the Rogue Valley. Roxy Ann peak, Mount Baldy and Mount Ashland can all be seen from different parts on the vineyard. Inside the unique tasting room, several places to cozy up to a glass of wine.
"It has this amazing feel of comfort and warmth when you walk in. It's so inviting, you instantly put everything else away and take in how beautiful it is, "Jen Allen says about the tasting room that was here when she and her husband, Ross Allen bought the winery in 2014.
The two were living in California and wanting to move to the Rogue Valley, but say buying a winery wasn't necessarily in their plans. Jen says they took a look at the opportunity, their skill set and decided to go for it, jumping in head first.
"Pretty much, it was an instant crash landing," the two joked about buying 2Hawk.
But they both had something to bring to the table. Ross is a third generation farmer, growing up in western Fresno County, California. He says there was a lot to do in the vineyard and it took him a couple of months to get acquainted with his newly acquired vineyard.
"You really have to be on top of your game. I do a lot of research and everything I can to make sure the vineyard is in the best possible shape in order to produce the very best fruit. Every day is a challenge in the vineyard. My dad used to say farming is the only gambling legal in all 50 states," Ross says.
Those bets are paying off. In the last few years, Ross says the older vines have turned a corner and are producing what he calls "fabulous fruit." The young vines are producing fruit in their second year. While it's not a lot, Ross says it's enough to harvest. Something that makes winemaker Kiley Evans very happy. Kiley graduated from UC Davis and worked at Abacela for 6 years. He knew 2Hawk was his next big adventure.
"As we talked, it became very clear their vision for the winery ran similar to my own to have a first class operation," Kiley says about taking on the job.
The crew says while they're taking in the successes, they're keeping in mind where it all began.
"It was a little rough at first, there was a lot to change, a lot to learn. We were up to the challenge and for the two and a half years we've been here, we've made so many improvements," Jen says.
When asked if the two of them believe 2Hawk was in their path, and something that was meant to be, Ross simply replies that "there's a lot to be said about fate and destiny."
2Hawk Vineyard & Winery is open every day from 1-7 p.m. You can find the tasting room at 2335 N. Phoenix Road in Medford. You can order flights of wine and taste wines from Chardonnay, Rose and Viognier to Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The winery also offers food, with a menu of small plates, salads and pizza. By the way, 2Hawk is appropriately named for the two hawks that have flown over the estate since the vines were planted. If you stop by for a bottle of wine, you'll most likely hear them.