During Thanksgiving week 2003, they visited a former dairy farm and current grass seed farm on Laughlin Road that made quite an impression. Four months later, they were proud owners of a grass seed farm with vineyard potential.
In the course of transition, Angela and Sanjeev would visit their property a few times a year with their two Yorkies. They stayed in a small shack on the property they endearingly called the “caretakers cottage.” In reality, it was a cold, concrete bunker that never reached over 60 degrees F, which they decided would be a great place to store wine, but not a very good place for humans or dogs to reside. After the novelty of just visiting the property had worn off, they installed a manufactured home on site – offering central heat and other modern conveniences.
In 2007, they planted the first ten acres of their Pinot Noir vineyard with the Pommard clone, followed in subsequent years by an additional twenty two acres of Pinot Noir consisting of Dijon 777, 115, 667, 948 and Wädenswil clones and three acres of Chardonnay, consisting of Dijon 76 and 548 clones. The grapes from the first harvest were purchased by Tony Rynders. The intent was to be growers for a few years, however, after barrel tasting the first wine from their property, they changed their mind and asked Tony to make them fifty cases in 2010. This was the humble beginnings of Saffron Fields Vineyard wines.
In addition to cultivating a vineyard, Angela has devel0ped a beautiful, sustainably maintained farmstead, including an orchard, and more. She is passionate about her garden and art collection, and is excited to incorporate both of these passions with a landscape designed by Hoichi Kurisu, former director of the Portland Japanese Garden and designer of some of the best Japanese gardens in the country.