Xylem (zī ' ləm) n. a complex tissue in the vascular system of higher plants that consists of vessels, tracheids (elongated pitted cells specific to xylem), and woody tissue. It functions chiefly in conduction of water and dissolved minerals, but also in structural support and food storage.
Welcome to Xylem Wines.
Xylem Wines is a fully functioning, residence-based winery located in McMinnville, Oregon - in the heart of Oregon's wine country. It is the result of two friends sharing a passion for viticulture and winemaking.
Forrest Schaad began planting Vitis vinifera (wine grape) vines in 2007 on his family's farm on Rex Hill in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The farm was established by Forrest's grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Schaad, in 1941 and was originally planted with Italian prunes, cherries, a variety of berries, and English walnuts. Doug 'Fish' Schaad, Ben's son, was the first to plant vinifera vines on the property in the mid 1980's.
In 2008, Jason Brumley started assisting Forrest with the planting of vines on the farm. They honed their viticulture and winemaking skills and expanded their knowledge by working professionally in Oregon's wine industry, making home wine, engaging in formal studies, and working continuously on their project at the farm. By Spring 2012, Forrest and Jason had planted over 5,000 vines and some were mature enough to produce fruit for the upcoming 2012 Autumn harvest.
They had the fruit, but not the capital with which to build a conventional winemaking facility or even enough to lease space at an already established winery. They concluded that the next logical and feasible step to attaining their dream was to build a licensed and bonded winery in the basement of the house that Jason shares with his wife, Cokie Anderson. Summer 2012 saw the basement renovated and approved for commercial production.
2012 will be the inaugural vintage of Xylem Wines, with release to the public in Spring 2013.
Because Xylem Wines is based in a residence, we are not open to the public.
However, feel free to contact us via email.
Xylem Wines 1203 NW Yamhill St., McMinnville, OR 97128