Wy'East winemaker, Peter Cushman has been with the winery since 2012. The third-generation Oregon winemaker grew up in Mcminville- heart of the Willamette Valley, and has been in wineries before he was able to walk. Peter studied biology and chemistry at University of Oregon, graduating in 2009 and moving to Hood River to work for his family's winery- Viento, as they moved to the promising Columbia Gorge wine region. Working with mutliple wineries in the Gorge, as well as Framingham Wines in Marlborough NZ, has helped Peter shape his winemaking style to show the exceptional quality of vines at Wy'East.
The Reeds recognize that most of the quality in the glass happens in the vineyard. Management of the vineyrd is meticulous, with extra time spent to adjust to challenging growing condition when they occur. We do not cut corners and will pick quality over quantity every time.
Harvest is all done by hand, and each bin of grapes is hand inspected and sorted. Likewise, in the winery, we maintain a soft touch, allowing the fruit to shine. French and American oak barrels are used, not oak additives.