For Ksenija Kostic and John House, the vision for Ovum has never changed. Since their first vintage in 2011, the husband and wife team has sought to discover Grand Cru-quality vineyards throughout Oregon, working with Riesling and Gewürztraminer as optimal transmitters of this special terroir.
Ovum is the only winery in Oregon exclusively focused on white wine production. Wines are fermented naturally in barrel, cask, concrete egg, and amphorae. John and Ksenija source their fruit for Ovum from higher elevation, dry-farmed vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge, Umpqua Valley, Illinois Valley, and Rogue Valley.
John and Ksenija have been making wine together the same way year after year, embracing place and vintage for what they are, even when those sites and growing seasons present challenges. The lack of additions in Ovum’s winemaking means that the hands of the winemakers are never inserted into the process: their wines are honest messengers of the vintage and vineyard.
More information: ovumswines.com
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