Antiquum Farm Wine Dinner

Thursday, August 29, 2019  | 7:00 PM
$75 per person, plus Tax and 22% Service Fee (includes wine pairings)

Meet winemaker Stephen Hagen as he guides us through four unforgettable wines and his unique method of winemaking.

About Antiquum Farm

West of Junction City is a beautiful patchwork of coastal foothills dotted with extraordinary vineyards and wineries tucked into mini valleys. One of the most unique of these is Antiquum Farm, Stephen Hagen’s throw-back to a pre-1940s style of vineyard management he dubs “grazing-based viticulture” that results in soils, vineyards and wines that are exotic, distinct and utterly delicious.

After he bought the property in 1996, Hagen painstakingly worked toward weaning his 21 acres of vineyards off the modern fertility grid. In 2010 he completely closed the loop.

Two Belgian draft horses, Ike and Olivia, supplement the farm’s tractors and reduce their impact wherever possible. No outside fertilizer or supplements are used on the farm. Instead, sheep, geese and chickens perform soil tilling and enrichment. The sheep are able to graze the vineyard year-round through an ingenious technique called aversion training. Antiquum’s ovine partners are essentially tricked into thinking grapevines are not a food source. Cover crops are all native. The two Hagen children, Daisy and Juel, tend to up to 180 animals in the vineyard during summer months.

Hagen is a Junction City native. He and his wife, Niki, met in Los Angeles where Hagen worked as a garden designer and Niki was a social worker and first-grade teacher. They eventually pointed their compass back to Junction City with the intention of raising their children in the same feral way Hagen had been raised. “We bought this property (one and a half miles from where he was born) to raise our family where kids can grow without many restraints,” he emphasizes.

“I approach agriculture in an old-fashioned way. I want to be efficient and farm within my own resources. Fertilizer is an example. There’s no off-farm fertilizers at Antiquum Farm. Instead, livestock graze in the vineyards,” he explains. “When you buy fertilizer you buy from a wholesaler who is supplying every other grower. I feel over time this homogenizes your vineyard with every other. I want to showcase unique attributes of my own site and build a vineyard with it’s own emphatic sense of personality.”

The results are dark, bluish mysterious clusters of pinot noir that produce amazing wines. With a broad smile he pours a glass of 2016 Antiquum Farm Passiflora. It’s pinot noir stretched to bold new levels. “A marriage of beautiful misfits expressing Antiquum’s signature,” Hagen playfully states on the bottle label. He adds: “vibrant tension between dark, powerful fruit and racing high toned tropical acidity.”

“It’s intended to stretch your perceptions of what pinot noir is and isn’t and shatter the rules,” he says.

Yes, this is pinot noir as you’ve never had it before.

(Source: The Register Guard)

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