If you’ve visited the winery recently you may have noticed a new piece of art at the end of the walkway near the club terrace.
“Framian”, a nine-foot tall steel frame, designed by Jason Rens at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, celebrates Senate Bill 100 (SB 100). In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, developers were eyeing the hills between Newerg and McMinnville for subdivisions, claiming the soil wasn’t good for anything else. Susan Sokol Blosser, Bill Blosser and David Lett (Eyrie Vineyards) disagreed and shared a different vision. In 1973 SB 100, a law that created Oregon’s land use planning program passed, paving the way for the future of the Oregon wine industry. That “no good” soil now produces some of the finest pinot noirs in the world.
We are honored to work with the Oregon Environmental Council and 1000 Friends of Oregon to host this art project commemorating Senate Bill 100. Framian is one of a series of projects around the state celebrating the Beach Bill, the Bottle Bill and the Bike Bill.
Next time you visit make sure to pass through this portal, take a picture, and take a moment to appreciate the rolling vineyards that could have been homes.