Orenda (n.)

The Balance of Energy between all things

About Orenda Winery

On August 4, 2018, owners Xander and Samantha were married at Orenda Winery. Orenda’s Head Winemaker Mark Bosso was the officiant and Brian Bartley was the best man. This event was the culmination of some extraordinary life circumstances. Xander and Samantha met salsa dancing 10 years ago, just months before Xander left for the Peace Corps. Together, they maintained a long-distance connection. In the Peace Corps, Xander met Mark and Brian as fellow volunteers, beekeeping trainers, and close friends. With these unlikely beginnings, our group of four friends has come full circle with a commitment to bring Orenda to wine making.

About the label

Where some wines focus on the estate or the winemaker, we believe all credit in the beauty of our wine goes to nature. Therefore, we have stripped away the square white label and introduced a circular image representing the cycle of nature needed to support a wine from grape to glass.

The imagery on our label was produced by Gregory Euclide (https://www.gregoryeuclide.com/), whose art was made world famous for its appearance on Bon Iver’s 2011 Grammy award winning album (https://boniver.org/audio/bon-iver/). Greg’s art is renowned for its connection to our natural world and we were honored to feature his custom art inspired by our winery and our mission to bring orenda to winemaking.

Where we source

Wine should maintain a balance between bold and subtle flavors. Our mission is to find grapes that express complexity. To execute this vision, we have partnered with some of the highest elevation vineyards in Washington state. High elevation provides a cool climate with late ripening fruit. This allows the grapes more time to mature, making wine less bold and significantly more subtle than wines from warmer regions. When aged in small French oak barrels, the results are complex, dynamic flavors reminiscent of an old-world style rarely found in Washington wines.

We have partnerships with vineyards in both Yakima Valley (Elephant Mountain, Dineen and Konnowac) and Columbia Valley (Stillwater Creek). These vineyards feature some of the oldest Malbec and Petite Verdot vines in the state of Washington (Konnowac) and have been recognized in both Wine Spectator (Stillwater Creek) and Wine Enthusiast (Dineen) as the source of top 100 wines in the world.

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