2015 Division One Barrel Challenge Syrah
Applegate Valley AVA
The One Barrel Challenge symbolizes a collective dream of making our beloved wine industry more accessible and inclusive regardless of color, class, or creed.
Division is one of seven like minded founding wineries who have joined forces to launch One Barrel Challenge!
Adelsheim Vineyard, McCollum Heritage 91, L'Angolo Estate, Chosen Family Wines, Hazelfern Cellars, Granville Wine Co and Division have have joined forces to launch the One Barrel Challenge, a collective dream of making Oregon’s wine industry more accessible and inclusive, regardless of color, class or creed. Rooted in unity, collaboration and empowerment, each participant in the One Barrel Challenge has donated the equivalent of one barrel of wine (25 cases) to the cause, with 100 percent of proceeds devoted to access and education in breaking down barriers in the wine industry.
“Like much of the country, there are extreme racial disparities in the wine industry,” said Channing Frye, former NBA star, creator of Chosen Family Wines and a member of the One Barrel Challenge founding class. “As we together commemorate Oregon Wine Month this May, my partners in the One Barrel Challenge and I seek to leverage this moment - and this movement - to incite change and increase diversity amongst those seeking careers in our beloved craft, and our commonality in giving back is wine.”
In 2021, funds raised from wine sales will benefit the Maurice Lucas Foundation, which honors late Trail Blazer and community pillar Maurice Lucas’ legacy in the Portland metro-area through its commitment to providing educational opportunities for marginalized communities.
“Together, the Maurice Lucas Foundation and One Barrel Challenge seek to create greater access to educational opportunities for young people throughout Oregon,” said David Lucas, executive director of the Maurice Lucas Foundation and son of Maurice Lucas. “With one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions, the Willamette Valley, right in their backyard, many of these young people may have never previously considered a career in the wine industry.”
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the maurice lucas foundation!
About our One Barrel Wine:
This 2015 Syrah comes from the original block on Herb Quady's Applegate AVA Mae's vineyard. This organically farmed site sits on a rich vein of Oregon pink granite at high elevation, providing the Syrah both the power and grace. The 2015 vitange was warm and dry, and as such, this wine carries a fair amount of fruit forward dark berry and bramble intensity, coupled with the classic bacon fat note and mineral dense savory characters that Syrah is heralded for. Barrel aged for 18 months, and rested in bottle for 4 years before release, this wine is poised at the perfect spot to enjoy.