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In 2001 Shady Lane built its present winery and outfitted it with the latest in state of the art winemaking equipment. All of the equipment is designed to handle the fruit as gently as possible while allowing the winemaker the control to extract and build upon the all of the desirable elements present in the fruit. Built onto the winery is a temperature-controlled warehouse for the final aging of the wines. Since 2001 Shady Lane Cellars has expanded the total acreage to 150 and the vineyards to just over 52 acres with additional plantings of Riesling and Pinot Noir, as well as Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Blue Franc (also known as Blaufrankish or Lemberger), Gewurztraminer and others.
Inspired by a handful of growers who pioneered vineyards in the region, planting began in 1988 with just over 11 acres of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Vignoles. In 1992 Shady Lane began producing its first wines, a pair of methode champenoise sparkling wines. The quality of these wines was immediately evident. The 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs and the Brut produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were released in 1996 and quickly earned medals in several national and international wine competitions. Plans were made to increase production from the estate grown fruit to include a sparkling Riesling and several still table wines. In 1999 construction was completed on the conversion of a nearly 100 year-old fieldstone chicken coop into a beautifully elegant tasting room appointed in copper, Douglas Fir, Italian tile and granite.
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